'Dogs Head to Winchester as Defending Champs

April 18, 2013

By Elly Walker

Weekly Release

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State men's golf team heads to Meadow Vista, Calif. as defending champions of the co-hosted 2013 Winchester Classic.

In the 2012 Winchester Classic the Bulldogs captured the tournament title with a 13-stroke victory at 10-over, 874 forcing UC Davis to finish in second place.

Nate Jessup led the 'Dogs with a second place finish at one-over, 217 (72-75-70), one stroke from first place.

The five-man Bulldog lineup concluded the 2012 Winchester Classic within six strokes of each other.

In the 2013 Winchester Classic, the Bulldogs will face a field of 10 teams including co-hosts UC Davis and Nevada, Idaho, Long Beach State, UCSB, North Dakota, CSU Fullerton, Sacramento State and William Jessup.

"We have fond memories of Winchester Country Club," head coach Mike Watney said. "It is a stunningly beautiful golf course. Plus, we are the defending champions and three of our guys are returning to the site of a victory, so that should help us as well."

The three-day tournament will be held on the Winchester Country Club located in the foothills of the Sierra. The Winchester Country Club sits at an elevation of approximately 2,000 ft. and is home to a par-72, 7,144-yard, and 139-slope course.

The Bulldog lineup includes Rufie Fessler, Troix Tonkham, Nate Jessup, Johnny Partridge, Jack Mulroy and Daniel Russell. Fessler, Jessup and Mulroy each will return to the course of the Bulldog's first tournament victory since the San Marcos Invitational in February of 2008.

The Winchester Classic will be the final tournament the Bulldogs compete in before they head to the Mountain West Championship in Tucson, Ariz. on May 3-5.

According to GolfStat, the Bulldogs now rank in the top-70. Follow the 66th-ranked Bulldogs through live scoring of the Winchester Classic at www.golfstat.com and check www.gobulldogs.com for the recap.