'Dogs Face High Winds, Tonkham Tied for First

March 8, 2013

FRESNO, Calif.--The Fresno State men's golf team endured high winds on a challenging course and is tied for ninth place following the first day of competition at the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore.

"This is an extremely difficult golf course and the wind was howling," head coach Mike Watney said. "The conditions and the golf course made it very difficult to score."

The Bulldogs are led by freshman Troix Tonkham who made five birdies and shot two-under par (70) to sit in a tie for first place out of 95 individuals. Also in first is Harry Hicks of No. 14 ranked SMU.

"It was a fabulous round by our freshman Troix Tonkham," Watney said.

In shooting 13-over par (301), the Bulldogs completed round one of the tournament nine strokes ahead of No. 3 ranked Washington. Oregon leads the tournament with two-over par, 290.

Although the 'Dogs faced a rough round on the Old McDonald course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the Bulldogs are not far behind top ranked UCLA and SMU.

"I think that we can make up the strokes that separate us from the leaders," Watney said.

Rufie Fessler shot three-over par (75) to sit in a tie for 34th place and Nate Jessup shot five-over par (77) to sit in a tie for 55th place.

The Bulldogs continue competition on Saturday, March 9th with tee times set for 9:39 a.m.