March 17, 2014
By Elly Walker
By Elly Walker
FRESNO, Calif. -- On a blustery day at Copper River Country Club, the Fresno State women's golf team used its home course to guide them to third place after two rounds.
The seven-team field faced winds approximately up to 15mph throughout day one of the tournament. The Bulldogs overcame the conditions in round two to cut their score by 11 strokes.
The Bulldogs finished day one at 25-over par, 601 (306-295), just four strokes from first place.
"I am definitely excited about this afternoon's round," head coach Emily Milberger said. "We made some good adjustments with the weather conditions and had a strong showing in the afternoon."
Among a field of 44 players, five Bulldogs seized a spot in the top-20.
Madchen Ly took the lead among the Bulldogs to finish day one in a two-way tie for third place. Ly made seven birdies and sits three-over par, 147 (75-72).
Hannah Sodersten sits in eighth place at six-over par, 150 (74-76). Throughout the day Sodersten made five birdies and then capped round two with an eagle on hole four.
"Great play by Madchen and Hannah," Milberger said. "I am happy to see them both in the top-ten. I am looking forward to strong finishes by them."
Krysta Clark fired eight-over par, 152 (78-74) to sit in a tie for 12th place.
Guðrún Brá Björgvinsdóttir rounds out the Bulldog lineup in the top-20. Björgvinsdóttir recorded ten-over par, 154 (79-75) to sit in a tie for 18th place.
Playing as an individual, freshman Sandra 'Sandy' Livas took a top-ten finish. Livas carded seven-over par, 151 (76-75). Sitting in a tie for 9th place, Livas leads the group of nine individuals by seven strokes.
"We played hard today and we put ourselves in a good position to make a run for the title," Milberger said. "Also, it is really exciting to see freshman Sandy Livas in the top 10 after two rounds."
Boise State leads the tournament at 21-over par, 597 (308-289) and Clariss Guce of CSU Northridge holds the individual lead at one-under par, 143 (76-67).
The third and final round of the Fresno State Classic will begin with a shotgun start at 9am on Tuesday, March 18th at Copper River Country Club.
"It is anybody's game tomorrow," Milberger said. "It is going to be an entertaining finish."
Follow live scoring of the Fresno State Classic on www.golfstat.com and check www.gobulldogs.com for the recap.
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