April 5, 2005
MADERA, Calif.- Fresno State, which placed three golfers among the tournament's top-10 finishers, shot a final-round 307 on Tuesday afternoon to claim the inaugural Fresno State Invitational at Riverbend Golf Club in Madera, Calif.
The Bulldogs shot a 918 (306-305-307) overall, finishing 11 strokes better than runner-up Long Beach State at 929 (316-306-307). Montana was third at 944 (315-312-317).
"It was our goal to win here at home," head coach Angie Cates said. "I'm proud of the entire team for hanging in there and staying focused today."
Freshman Laura Luethke wrapped up the two-day competition with an overall score of 220 (73-73-74) for a runner-up finish. Long Beach State's Kay Hoey shot a final round 71 on Tuesday to end up at 216 (77-68-71) and claim the individual title.
Playing as an individual, senior Holly Cornell (81-79-76) finished in a tie for 13th place at 20-over with 236.
"Holly did great," Cates said. "She is near the end of her college career, and this was a nice finish for her."
Also playing as individuals, Brittany Cooley (84-82-85) finished tied for 41st and Whitney Wade (91-88-90) finished tied for 67th.
"This win was good for our confidence," Cates said. "We have some momentum now going into the last few tournaments of this season. Winning was a big statement for where our women's golf program is headed."
Fresno State next plays in the Peg Barnard Invitational hosted by Stanford this Saturday and Sunday.
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