Day One of Match Play Complete for 'Dogs

March 28, 2013

By Elly Walker

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. -- The Fresno State men's golf team competed in its first match play tournament of the season in Arroyo Grande, Calif. at the Cal Poly Match Play Championship on Thursday, March 28th.

In the game of match play, each hole is a separate competition and the player with the fewest strokes on an individual hole wins that hole. The player winning the most holes wins the match.

In this particular style of play, the competition is directly player vs. player where each player faces one opponent in which they must beat.

In match play, if the winner clinched the victory before reaching the 18th hold, the match may end early.

In their first match of the day, the Bulldogs faced CSU Bakersfield. Senior Rufie Fessler won three and two; junior Nate Jessup won three and two; and senior Johnny Partridge halved his match.

Freshman Troix Tonkham lost four and two and senior Jack Mulroy lost two and one.

The Bulldogs finished with two wins, two losses and a tie setting a tie with the Roadrunners. The first tiebreaker of the match concluded with another tie and was followed by a second tiebreaker in which the Bulldogs lost.

In their second match of the day, the Bulldogs faced Utah State and won three to one.

"Our second match was a nice comeback after our tiebreaker loss in the morning," head coach Mike Watney said.

Jessup won five and four; Partridge won six and four; and Mulroy won three and two. Tonkham lost three and two and Fessler did not finish.

"Nate had a very good day and Johnny really caught fire in his second match today," Watney said.

The 'Dogs continue competition at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course on Friday, March 29.

"We're looking forward to another day tomorrow to get more match play experience under our belts," Watney said. "This is valuable practice in case we make it to the elite eight in the NCAA championship. This format takes a little getting used to."