Bulldog Freshman Captures Lead to Finish in Top 10

April 16, 2013

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By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif. -- Freshman Hannah Sodersten led the Bulldogs in round three of the Fresno State Lexus Classic at two-under par to move 19 spots ahead on the leaderboard.

Sodersten's performance during day two of the Fresno State Lexus Classic allowed her to capture a two-way tie for ninth place after finishing day one in a tie for 28th place. On the day, Sodersten made three birdies and fired her lowest score of the tournament.

On the tournament, Sodersten fired a seven-over par, 223 (77-76-70).

"Hannah had a great round today," head coach Angie Cates Moore said. "She really hit the ball solid, made a lot of great putts and her two-under par was really solid out here."

Day one leader Madchen Ly finished the tournament in a tie for 29th place at 13-over par, 229 (75-76-78).

The 78-player tournament was held at par-72, 6,212-yard Copper River Country Club in Fresno, Calif. on April 15-16.

During round three of the tournament, the Bulldogs fired three-over par on the back nine to assist in their eighth place finish out of 14 teams.

Compared to the weather conditions of day one, the wind settled some in day two, but continued to challenge tournament competitors. However, the Bulldogs persevered and walked back to the clubhouse with their second-best score of the tournament.

"I think the wind yesterday definitely was a factor in the scoring, so we were really happy to finish strong on a good note," Cates-Moore said. "We don't get high winds like that in Fresno, so it's hard for us to prepare for how the ball is going to react in the wind. It was really frustrating for us to not put up better numbers."

The 'Dogs concluded the 9th Annual Fresno State Lexus Classic at 51-over par, 915 (312-301-302).

"We didn't play as well as we hoped too this week, but I think it was still really good experience for us," Cates Moore said. "I'm glad we went through it because I think it is going to help us prepare better for conference now."

Long Beach State fired 28-over par, 892 (298-299-295) to take the tournament title, one stroke below Tulsa.

Simone Hoey from Long Beach State led the two-day tournament and took the crown at five-over par, 211 (72-69-70). On the tournament, Hoey made twelve birdies.

The Bulldogs take action again on April 25-27 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at the Mountain West Conference Championship. The 'Dogs will compete in three-day tournament at Mission Hills Country Club.

"We' re really excited to head down to the Palm Springs area to play at Mission Hills."

Follow the Bulldogs as they face their Mountain West foes at www.golfstat.com and check www.gobulldogs.com for the recap.