March 18, 2014
By Elly Walker
By Elly Walker
FRESNO, Calif. -- The final round of the Fresno State Classic proved to be a battle for first place in which the Fresno State women's golf team won a tiebreaker by three strokes to claim its first title of the 2013-14 season.
The Bulldogs fired a total score of 903 to tie with Boise State. The champion was determined through a tiebreaker in which the fifth man's round three score from each team was added to the total score. Freshman and Iceland native Guðrún Brá Björgvinsdóttir (79) recorded three strokes less than Boise State's Samantha Martin (82) to assist the Bulldogs in their championship.
"I am just really excited," head coach Emily Milberger said. "We definitely put in a lot of work these past few weeks and we also had a really good game plan going into the tournament. It is always nice to have the home course advantage, but the ladies also did a good job sticking to the game plan."
Counting three rounds of play, the 'Dogs recorded their lowest total score of the season, 39-over par, 903 (306-295-302) to win their first host tournament title since 2007.
"It is always nice to get done at the end of the day and know you conquered your own course and took down the rest of the field," Milberger said.
Each player of the Fresno State lineup placed in the top-25 of the 44-player field.
Leading the Bulldogs was junior Madchen Ly. Ly made ten birdies to record three-over par, 219 (75-72-72) to take second place.
"Madchen is a great example of someone who puts in more effort than you could ever ask for and it has really paid off," Milberger said. "I think she is really hitting her peak."
Ly sat one stroke behind tournament leader Clariss Gue of CSU Northridge. Gue took the individual title at two-over par, 218 (76-67-75).
"I felt really solid about my game coming into this week," Ly said. "We have been out here the past two weeks practicing for over three hours. Obviously, I wanted to `W' and I came up just a little short. Overall, I am pretty satisfied. I just have to take this momentum and move it into the next tournament."
Hannah Sodersten landed a top-ten finish at 12-over par, 228 (74-76-78). On the tournament, Sodersten made eight birdies and one eagle to take a tie for eighth place. Krysta Clark finished among the top-15 with a tie for 14th place. Clark fired 14-over par, 230 (78-74-78).
Björgvinsdóttir carded 17-over par, 233 (79-75-79) to finish in a tie for 20th place. Just behind Björgvinsdóttir sat Hillary Billingsley who recorded the second-best round three score for the Bulldogs. Billingsley recorded 18-over par, 234 (86-74-74) to finish in a tie for 22nd place.
Playing as an individual, Sandra 'Sandy' Livas finished in the top-ten with a tie for eighth place at 12-over par, 228 (76-75-77).
"Everyone knew what they needed to do this week and it made off," Ly said.
The Bulldogs will use the confidence and momentum of the Fresno State Classic to compete for another title when they return in action on March 24-26 in Kapalua, Maui at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic.
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