Fessler Selected to Compete in NCAA

May 6, 2013

By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif.-- Senior Rufie Fessler was selected as an individual participant for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.

The Regional Championship tournament will be held on the par-70, 7,036-yard Karsten Golf Course on the Arizona State University campus on May 16-18 in Tempe, Ariz.

"Rufie has been the backbone of the team this year," head coach Mike Watney said. "We thought his closing 69 at the Mountain West Conference championship was his final college round. He is an outstanding player and he deserves the NCAA experience."

This is Fresno State's first NCAA Division I Men's Golf appearance since 2011 when Bhavik Patel concluded his NCAA West Regional experience with a 34th place finish at five-over, 221.

Fessler, a Bakersfield, Calif. native, has consistently led the Bulldogs during the 2012-13 season and is ranked 11th among Mountain West competitors and holds a stroke 72.64 average.

The senior had his best performance of the season at the Bandon Dunes Championship on March 8-10 in Bandon Dunes, Ore. He carded a three-under, 213 (75-69-69) over the three-day tournament. Fessler's performance positioned him the top of the leaderboard to take second place out of the 95-player field.

Fessler has recorded seven, top-25 finishes and two, top-10 finishes over the 2012-13 season.

Fourteen teams and five individuals were chosen to compete in the ASU Regional. The teams in order of seeding are UCLA, Duke, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, Vanderbilt, UCF, North Carolina, Arizona State, Kennesaw State, Arizona, Austin Peay State, New Mexico State, Lehigh.

The individuals who were selected were Glen Scher (UC Santa Barbara), Rufie Fessler (Fresno State), Cody Blick (San Jose State), Kyle Westmoreland (Air Force), and Tyler Torano (Loyola Marymount).

Six 54-hole tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individuals not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The finals will be hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology on May 28- June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia.