`Dogs Take Third at NCAA Preview
    Hali Coppin shot 6-over at the NCAA Western Regional Preview to tie for 11th place.
    Hali Coppin shot 6-over at the NCAA Western Regional Preview to tie for 11th place.

    April 1, 2008

    FRESNO, Calif. -

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    The Fresno State women's golf team had its best finish of the season on Tuesday at the NCAA Western Regional Preview with a third place finish out of 19 teams. The `Dogs posted 305-293-306 - 904 to finish 40-over at the par 72 Lincoln Hills Golf Club. Denver clinched the win with 876 followed by Oregon who finished with a three round total of 900. This win will help boost the `Dogs in the rankings after beating higher ranked opponents, such as UNLV and San Francisco. Both schools are ranked in the top 50 according to golfstat rankings.

    The Bulldogs top performance came from sophomore Hali Coppin tying for 11th place. Coppin posted 75-74-73 - 222 to have her best collegiate finish. Coppin drained two birdies and had three bogeys in the final round and seven birdies throughout the tournament.

    Laura Luethke finished 7-over par to tie for 15th place after carding a 75 in the final round. Pia Escandon shot 230 to tie for 32nd place followed by Taylor Siebert who tied for 37th place. Siebert finished with 231 after shooting a 78 in the final round. Chelsea Czinski tied for 69th place with 22-over 238.

    "This third place finish at this tournament speaks volumes about the team," said fourth year head coach Angie Cates. "They worked really hard this year and it shows. We started off shaky but improved a lot and peaked at the right time. The course played really tough today, but Hali played a great round, under difficult circumstances."

    Amy Eneroth of Washington State won the individual title at even par with 71-68-77 - 216.

    "Join the State - Fresno State!" - The women's golf team will participate in the Peg Bernard Invitational before hosting the WAC Championships at Sunnyside Country Club April 21-23.



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