Bulldogs Birdie for Early Lead

April 25, 2013

By Elly Walker

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The Fresno State women's golf team took an early lead in the MW Championship to sit in first place of eight teams.

"I am so proud of this team," head coach Angie Cates Moore said. "We're obviously happy with the position we are sitting in."

The three-day, 54-hole tournament is held at the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on April 25-27.

The Bulldogs made 14 birdies on the day to clench a four-stroke victory over Boise State, who sits in second place with 22-over par, 310.

Shaylee Yano, Hillary Billingsley and Katerina Prorokova of UNLV lead the tournament with the most birdies at four. Krysta Clark follows with three.

"They hung in there all day," Cates Moore said. "It was very windy and they stayed patient. The course was playing tough."

Three of the five individuals in the Bulldog lineup sit in the top-10 of the leaderboard.

Yano leads the Bulldogs with two-over par, 74. She sits in a two-way tie for second place out of 40 players.

Billingsley fired four over par, 76 to sit in a tie for sixth place.

Clark sits one stroke from Billingsley at five-over, 77. She sits in a three-way tie for tenth place.

Madchen Ly sits in a two-way tie for 17th place with seven-over par, 79.

Rounding out the Bulldog lineup is Hannah Sodersten. Sodersten shot 12-over par, 84 and sits in a four-way tie for 29th place.

"We feel like the lead could be more than it is," Cates Moore said. "The course played tough, but we also left some shots out there today."

Emily Roering of Colorado State leads the tournament with one-over par, 73.

UNLV who ranks 43rd in the division and first in the conference, sits in fourth place with 26-over par, 314.

The 'Dogs continue action at the Mountain West Championship on Friday, April 26 with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. In round two the Bulldogs will be paired with Boise State and San Diego State.

"We will continue to focus on the process and how to go about playing this golf course and let the results take care of themselves," Cates Moore said.