'Dogs Underway in Watney's Final Tournament

May 3, 2013

By Elly Walker

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Fresno State men's golf team endured a windy day in Tucson, Ariz. at the OMNI Tucson National to sit in eighth place out of nine teams at the Mountain West Championship.

The Bulldogs teed off day one of the three-day Mountain West Championship on the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina course.

"Today was a tough day for the Bulldogs. We will need all five guys to play well tomorrow to get back in the hunt," head coach Mike Watney said. "We can do it."

The Mountain West Championship will conclude Mike Watney's 35th season as head coach in which he was witnessed and coached 12 conference titles. Watney is set to retire after this season.

In round one, the 'Dogs carded 17-over, 301 to sit two strokes from the top-five.

Senior Jack Mulroy led the Bulldogs at three-over par, 74. Mulroy made three birdies to finish in a three-way tie for 18th place out of 45 players.

Junior Nate Jessup trails Mulroy by one stroke to sit in a tie for 21st place at four-over par, 75.

Seniors Rufie Fessler and Johnny Partridge sit in a five-way tie for 27th place at five-over par, 76.

Freshman Troix Tonkham round out the lineup with his tie for 41st place at nine-over par, 80.

The Bulldogs will continue action at the MW Championship on Saturday, May 4th with round two tee times set for 7 a.m. Follow the 'Dogs on www.golfstat.com and check www.gobulldogs.com for the recap.