March 13, 2012 By Andy Conli
By Andy Conli
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs used an impressive run on the back nine to close out their home tournament, the Fresno State Lexus Classic, in a tie for third out of 13 teams. The 'Dogs were 15-over after the first nine holes but shot a 1-over the rest of the way to finish the tournament at 46-over (302-302-306--910). The next lowest team score on the back nine was a three team tie at 10-over. This was their fourth top 5 finish of the season out of seven tournaments.Christine Uhalde, winner of the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford, recorded another top 10 finish by moving up 10 positions into a tie for seventh place with a 10-over. Uhalde shot a 75 over the final round, including a 34 on the back nine which the lowest score over those holes on the day. She sank birdies on three of her final nine holes, giving her nine total for the tournament which was third most.
Also tied for seventh at 10-over was junior Shaylee Yano who recorded a 6-over, 78 on the day. This marked her best finish of the season, blowing out her previous best of 26th at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Yano finished the tournament with the top par 5 scoring mark of 4-under, 4.67.
"It was a really good job by both Christine and Shaylee," head coach Angie Cates-Moore said. "They played very consistent this week. It was a good finish and they should be proud of their accomplishments."
Senior Louisa Lies tied for 15th at 13-over after shooting a 5-over, 77. It was the second time this season three Bulldogs finished in the top 15, the other being at the Rose City Collegiate.
Sophomore Alison Timlin sank a birdie on the par-3, 17th to move to 5-over, 77 on the day and finished tied for 33rd. This marked both her lowest round and best finish of the season. Madchen Ly used a birdie on the par-4, 18th to move up 11 spots and into a tie for 38th at 19-over.
Krysta Clark, competing as an individual, also finished in a tie for 33rd after firing a 4-over, 76 during the final round of competition. The other individuals, Hillary Billingsley and Taylor Wilkinson, ended in 49th and 68th place, respectively.
"I saw some really good things this week and also some areas we can continue to work hard on improving," Cates-Moore said about her team. "I definitely think this team is moving in the right direction and each tournament we keep building on the positive things we are doing."
Cal State Fullerton came from behind to win the team title at 29-over, four strokes ahead of San Jose State. Madeleine Ziegert of SJSU held off Tisha Alyn Abrea of Fullerton to claim the individual title with a 1-under.
"We Are Your Team!" - The Bulldogs return to action March 26-27 to compete in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic held at the Kapalua Golf Resort in Kapalua, Maui.
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