Fresno State opens play at the 2010 WAC Championships Monday near Las Vegas.
May 1, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. -
The 49th annual Club Glove Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship is May 3-5 at the 7,332-yard, par-72 Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada.
New Mexico State is the two-time defending champion after winning last year at Rio Secco by just one stroke over Fresno State. The Bulldogs lead the WAC in scoring average with 287.9 strokes per round with Nevada in second (289.1).
Last year's individual champion, Travis Reid of New Mexico State, graduated, but Fresno State's Grant Doverspike who won in 2007 and was last year's runner-up returns for his final chance to claim a second title.
Doverspike's teammate, Bhavik Patel, leads the WAC in scoring with a 71.38 stroke average. Patel is one of six individuals from the WAC who have claimed titles this year as Boise State's Blake Brown, Nevada's Jared Becher and New Mexico State's Ryan Word, Timothy Madigan and Will Holdridge have all won tournaments. Head coach Mike Watney will be looking for his 14th conference championship.
The Bulldog lineup: Bhavik Patel, Grant Doverspike, Bryan Hogan, Michael Gideon, Brian Sunker
The Course and Set-up
Course: Rio Secco Golf Club
Yardage: 7,313 Yards
Format: Monday-Wednesday, May 3-5, 18 holes (7:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. on Wednesday). Fresno State will tee off beginning at 9:10 a.m. Monday.
Live Scoring: GOLFSTAT
Grant's Attack on the WAC
Senior Grant Doverspike, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, annually sets his sight on the WAC title. In his three years, he's won it once and placed second twice. As a freshman Doverspike shocked the college golf world by not only winning the WAC title, a rarity for a freshman, but he did it with borrowed clubs. Prior to the Dogs leaving for the WAC championships Doverspikes clubs were stolen and he had to scrape together woods, irons, wedges and a putter to fill his bag and led wire to wire for the championship. He followed that up a second-place finish as a sophomore in San Jose and, last year, Doverspike finished in second place shooting a three round total of 4-under par at the Rio Secca course.
Sophomore Bhavik Patel has a scoring average of 71.38, which leads the WAC and would rank as the third best for a season in Bulldog history if he doesn't play another round this season. With the WAC Championships left and a probable appearance in the NCAA Championships, Patel can continue to climb the charts. Patel is in pretty good company as PGA Tour star Nick Watney owned the top three Bulldog season scoring averages heading into this season.
"We are Your Team!" The Bulldog men's golf team plays in the 2010 WAC Championships at the Rio Secca Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., on Monday. The event concludes on Wednesday. Follow the tournament via live scoring on GOLFSTAT