April 25, 2012
By Andy Conli
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's golf team finished in third place out of six with a 38-over, 902 at the WAC Championship in Mesa, Ariz. The Bulldogs carded a +12, 300 over the final round to maintain the position where they started the day.Louisa Lies continued her dominate play by carding a 2-over, 74 to finish at 4-over and in a tie for fifth, tying her best finish of the season. It was her third top 10 performance on the year and her seventh in the top 25. Lies recorded four birdies, including one on the par-5, 492-yard 18th hole for the second day in a row, to put her at 12 birdies which were second-most during the tournament.
Shaylee Yano, a junior from Reedley, Calif., also shot a final round 2-over, 74 to move up five positions into a tie for 11th at 10-over. Yano also sank a birdie on the 18th and made 10 straight pars from holes five through 14.
Sophomore Christine Uhalde remained in 13th by carding a 4-over, 76 to come in at 11-over. Madchen Ly moved into 16th at 13-over after a 4-over, 76 final round performance while Krysta Clark placed 28th at 35-over. Ly tied for the most pars of the tournament with 37.
San Jose State cruised to their fourth team title in a row with a 13-over, 877 and Idaho placed second at 26-over, 890. Last year's champion Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho defended her title by outlasting New Mexico State's Demi Mak in sudden death with a birdie on the fourth hole. Both players made par on the first three holes.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Ly was named both the WAC Freshman of the Year and first-team all-WAC while Lies and Uhalde both earned second-team all-WAC. Ly is the first Bulldog to earn the freshman award since Laura Luethke in 2005 and Lies captured her third straight second-team honor.
Head coach Angie Cates-Moore's comments about the awards:
"Madchen is very deserving of the award. She competed in every tournament as a freshman and was one of our top players all year long. She came to Fresno State, stepped right in and helped us immediately. She has such a great attitude about being a student-athlete and has school spirit for Fresno State. We definitely enjoy having her in the program and we are so glad she is a Bulldog. She is going to have so much success down the road."
"Christine had a great spring season. Her win at Stanford was a huge boost for her and Fresno State. It really helped our program get the attention of top-ranked schools and gave us a tremendous amount of confidence as a team. Christine carried the confidence she got from that with her for the rest of the season. She worked very diligently to keep her confidence up and it was a break-through year for her."
"It was an honor to have Louisa in our golf program. I am so lucky I stumbled upon her during a recruiting trip in Arizona. She has been so much fun to coach. She is so naturally gifted and has so much talent that she made my job easy. She became a really strong leader and was named team captain for the last two years. Louisa is a great motivator and is one of the most competitive people you will ever meet. I love that passion about her and she will be very successful in whatever career path she chooses. She is very deserving making the all-conference team again."
First Team All-WAC
Madchen Ly, Fr., Fresno State
Kayla Mortellaro, Sr., Idaho
Demi Mak, So., New Mexico State
Jennifer Brumbaugh, Jr., San Jose State
Madeleine Ziegert, Sr., San Jose State
Player of the Year: Kayla Mortellaro, Sr., Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Madchen Ly, Fresno State
Co-Coaches of the Year: Lisa Johnson, Idaho and John Dormann, San Jose State
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