Bulldogs Swing Into Second in Host Tournament

March 4, 2013

By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif.--The Fresno State men's golf team powered through a rough start in its host tournament, the Fresno State Lexus Classic, and finished day one of the two-day tournament in second place.

The Bulldogs shot one over par in the first round to sit in 5th place; however, the 'Dogs finished five-under par on the day to take their position in the top two.

"I am very proud of the guys," head coach Mike Watney said. "They never gave up even in the tough moments out there. The key for us is that all six men made a major contribution to the score."

The Bulldogs finished the first two rounds with a score of 716 (361-355).

The Fresno State Lexus Classic, which is celebrating its 50th year and is being held at Belmont Country Club.

The Bulldogs are led by freshman Troix Tonkham who shot three-under par on the day and sits in a tie for 9th place. Tonkham (68-73--141) made 10 birdies throughout the first two rounds.

"Troix played great," Watney said. "He shot three under par despite a couple of out of bounds shots."

Rufie Fessler follows Tonkham and is among the top 30 on the leaderboard. Fessler made eight birdies and finished day one even par (71-73--144).

Johnny Partridge, competing as the Bulldog's fifth man, is in the top 35. Partridge (76-69--145) shot three-under on the day, made 10 birdies and sits in a tie for 34th place.

Nate Jessup and Jack Mulroy are tied in 42nd place. Jessup eagled on the 18th hole in round two and shot one-under par on the day for a score of 146 (75-71). Mulroy made seven birdies in round one and shot three-under par on the day for a score of 146 (77-69).

The Fresno State Lexus Classic is led by No. 1 ranked Cal (364-348--694) who shot 12-under par for the day.

"It doesn't look like we will catch number one ranked Cal, but we still have a tight battle against a lot of other very good teams," Watney said.

The final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic will tee of at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

"We can't wait to tee it up tomorrow morning," Watney said.