May 6, 2012 By Andy Conli
By Andy Conli
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's golf team held their annual awards banquet Sunday afternoon at Pardini's to celebrate both team and individual efforts over the 2011-12 season.
As a team, the Bulldogs competed in 10 tournaments with roughly 15 teams at each event and finished in the top 10 seven times, five of which were top five performances. They broke the 300-shot mark six times and carded a season low 294 during the final round of the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. At the Rose City Collegiate and Fresno State Lexus Classic, the 'Dogs made the most pars of any team in the field.
Their best finish came at both the Rose City Collegiate and Cowgirl Desert Classic where they claimed second place. The Bulldogs, as a team, produced a record-high 256 birdies during tournaments, surpassing last year's record-breaking mark by 13 shots.
The team was not only honored for their athletic achievements but also their performance in the classroom. Seven of the Bulldogs earned over a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester, including three which were over a 3.5 GPA.
The following award winners were chosen by head coach Angie Cates-Moore for their accomplishments this season.
Bulldog Award: Shaylee Yano
This award is for the player who has the best attitude throughout the year. Shaylee respects the game, the opportunity she has been given, her teammates and her coaches. She does what needs to be done and she does it with a positive attitude. Her teammates have recognized her outstanding attitude and her ability to lift others up and nominated her co-captain.
Most Improved: Christine Uhalde
It was the significant change in attitude and work ethic the coaches and teammates saw in Christine. A new found dedication and competitive fire helped her earn her first collegiate win against an impressive field littered with talent. She was also named second-team all-conference.
MVP: Madchen Ly
Madchen competed in 100 percent of the events and had the second-best scoring average on the team at 76.03. She led the team in par 3 and par 4 scoring and was the only Bulldog with an eagle on her scorecard this year. Her 31 putting average led to consistent scores and put her at the top of the conference charts. She was WAC Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference.
Top 'Dog Award: Louisa Lies
Louisa exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. She played in every competitive round for the Bulldogs and used her score every time. Louisa earned named second-team all-conference accolades, continues to excel in the classroom and, as always, inspires her team as their co-captain. She was once again nominated for the Kim Moore Spirit Award for her fight and determination to return from a torn ACL. It would be tough to find anyone with more passion and competitive fire.
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