Lies Goes Low in Hawaii
March 15, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - Last week Fresno State's Angie Cates-Moore predicted a Bulldog would win the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii this week. After two rounds, one of her star pupils is well on her way.
Sophomore Louisa Lies shot an opening round of 66, the second-lowest round in Bulldog history, and holds a six shot lead heading into Tuesday's final round of 18 holes.
Her first round was comprised of just 24 putts and she made six birdies and 12 pars. She was the only player under par in the first round and held a six-stroke lead.
Lies carded a 76 during the second round, not bad considering the winds picked up in the afternoon with gust up to 35 MPH. She's coming off a sixth place finish at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational, her best tournament of the season. She maintained her six stroke lead heading into the final round.
Lies came back to Fresno State after her freshman season hungry. She had a second-place finish at the 2009 WAC tournament, a strong performance for a first-year player unfamiliar with the college game. Lies is a native of Germany. With greater confidence and a tremendous work-ethic Lies continues to develop an outstanding short game.
"Louisa is becoming the kind of player who can compete for the title in every tournament she enters," said Cates-Moore. "Her short game is just outstanding. She's worked really hard on that part of her game and it's paying off."
Fresno State (305-304--609) is in fourth place, just six strokes behind leader Nova Southeastern. San Francisco and Rollins are tied for second, three shots better than the Dogs. Fresno State has an eight-stroke lead over WAC rival Nevada, which stands in fifth place.
Chelsea Czinski played an excellent second round with an even par 72 and moved up to a tie for 14th place. It was her lowest round of the season and second lowest of her career. Maria Pia Escandon (80-76--156) is five shots out of the top 10 and tied for 27th.
"Chelsea played great in the second round," said Cates-Moore. "Shooting par in the conditions was fantastic."
"We are Your Team!" The Dogs complete the final round of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu on Tuesday.