Bulldogs Finish Strong in Match Play

March 29, 2013

By Elly Walker

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.--The Bulldogs teed off their third and final match of the Cal Poly Match Play Championship with determination to finish the match strong and with a win.

The Fresno State men's golf team competed against Cal Poly in its third match of the tournament on Friday, March 29.

On the day, the Bulldogs played against Cal Poly, team A and defeated the Mustangs three-two.

"Match Play is usually exciting and today was no exception," head coach Mike Watney said. "It was definitely a good experience for the guys."

Senior Rufie Fessler won three and two and Johnny Partridge won three and one. Freshman Troix Tonkham lost three and two.

Rounding out the lineup was senior Jack Mulroy and junior Nate Jessup who each halved their matches. Both Mulroy and Jessup birdied on the 18th hole to halve their match, assisting the Bulldogs to their victory match.

During the first and second match of the tournament, held on March 28, the Bulldogs faced CSU Bakersfield and Utah State. In their first match, the Bulldogs lost to CSU Bakersfield in a double tiebreaker. In their second match against Utah State, the 'Dogs won three and one.

Overall, the Bulldogs, who often compete only in stroke play, took fifth place out of eight teams.

The Cal Poly Match Play Championship was the first match play tournament the Bulldogs have competed in this season. The Bulldogs return to stroke play at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. on April 13-14.