'Dogs Sit in 2nd Place After Day One of Season Opener

Sept. 24, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. --

The Fresno State men's golf team opened up its 2012-13 season Monday at the St. Mary's College Invitational in Monterey, Calif. The team teed off at both Bayonet and Blackhorse golf courses and finished the day in 2nd place out of 15 teams.

Round one teed off at Bayonet golf course this morning in foggy and mid-50s weather. The 'Dogs finished round one in first place where they shot 289. However, the 'Dogs fell to second place behind St. Mary's College in round two at Blackhorse golf course with one over par (289-288--577).

"I am very pleased with the first day of the year," head coach Mike Watney said. "They did not play flawless, but they played very good."

Three of the five Bulldogs sit in the top ten of the 84-player tournament. Leading the Bulldogs is Nate Jessup, who shot a total of eight birdies and also an eagle in round two. Jessup shot two under par and sits in a tie for third (74-68--142).

Troix Tonkham is also atop the leader board for the Bulldogs with a tie for seventh. Tonkham shot one under par (72-71--143) with a total of eight birdies.

"Troix is a great addition as a freshman," Watney said. "His cool and composure was amazing out there and I don't think it is luck. I think he is going to be a very good player for us."

Another Bulldog leader is Rufie Fessler who sits even with a tie for ninth (70-74--144).

Rounding out the Bulldog line up was Jack Mulroy who shot 7 over par (76-75--151) and Keenan Nelson who shot ten over par (73-81--154).

"Keenan didn't have a good day but he had a solid first round which helped us and Jack is our number one man right now," Watney said. "He had a bad start in each of his rounds and tried to fight back."

The team will continue day two of the St. Mary's College Invitational tomorrow. Round three will tee off at Bayonet golf course at 8 a.m.

"I feel good about tomorrow," Watney said. "Keenan and Jack will be major contributors and its fun to be in contention."

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