Bulldogs Sit in 10th After Opening Round

Oct. 29, 2012

By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bulldogs teed off the Pacific Invitational Monday, Oct. 29 and finished day one in 10th place.

The Fresno State men's golf team shot one over par for a total score of 289.

"We played a lot of good golf, but did not finish well," head coach Mike Watney said.

Bulldog Nate Jessup made five birdies and finished day one of the three-day tournament in a tie for 28th place and shot one under par (71).

Rufie Fessler completed day one with an even score of 72 to sit in a tie for 33rd.

Troix Tonkham made five birdies and sat four under par until he double bogeyed on hole 16 and 17 and finished one over par in a tie for 41st.

"Troix hit very good shots, we just underestimated the length of the shot over water," Watney said. "He hit what we thought was exactly right. He was playing really well."

Junior Daniel Russell teed off his first Division I tournament and shot 2 over par (74) to sit in a tie for 48th.

"Considering it was Daniel's first Division I tournament, 74 is not bad, so I give him kudos," Watney said. "He is really going to help us down the road."

The Bulldogs face day two of the 59-player, 12-team Pacific Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m.

"We just have to play the whole 18 holes tomorrow," Watney said. "We'll learn from Nick Watney how to start slow and finish real strong."

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