'Dogs Seek to Clinch First-Ever MW Title

April 26, 2013

By Elly Walker

RANCHO, MIRAGE, Calif. -- As the Bulldogs enter the third and final round of the Mountain West Championship, the Fresno State women's golf team are in striking distance of winning their first conference championship since 2008.

In round two of the Mountain West Championship, the Bulldogs continued to keep their name on the leaderboard, but fell from their round one, first place finish to a tie for second place.

The 'Dogs are tied with Boise State at 38-over par, 614 and trail behind UNLV. UNLV sits 28-over par, 604 (314-390) on the tournament.

"UNLV put up a great score today, but we're still in it," head coach Angie Cates Moore said. "We have played well on both sides now. In round one, we played great on the back nine and in round two, we played good on the front nine, so tomorrow we'll put it all together."

The Mountain West Championship is held at the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Three of the five individuals in the Bulldog lineup remain in the top 15 of the 40-player field.

In round two, Hillary Billingsley took the lead for the Bulldogs after posting three-over par, 75 on the day to finish in sixth place. She also took the tournament lead for part of the day. On the tournament, Billingsley sits seven-over par, 151 (76-75).

Krysta Clark trails behind Billingsley with 11-over par, 155 on the tournament. In round two, Clark carded six-over par, 78 to place her in a tie for 11th place.

Day one leader Shaylee Yano is the final Bulldog to sit in the top 15. Yano, who sat in a tie for second place following day one, slipped 13 spots following her 10-over par, 82 round two performance.

"Everyone is contributing this week," Cates Moore said. "It's been a total team effort. They really support and care for one another."

Madchen Ly fired seven-over par, 79 on the day to sit in a tie for 20th place. On the tournament, Ly sits14-over par, 158 (79-79).

Following her round two performance, Hannah Sodersten moved from her tie for 29th round one finish to sit in a tie for 25th place. Sodersten shot four-over par, 76 on the day.

Nikki Prichard of Nevada leads the tournament with four-over par, 148 (76-72).

The Bulldogs continue action at the Mountain West Championship Saturday, April 27 with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. As the 'Dogs compete in the third and final round of the tournament, they will be paired with UNLV and Boise State.

"Our plan tomorrow is to go out there have a relaxed mindset and also have fun," Cates Moore said. "We really want to enjoy the day. They've worked hard all year for this. They are prepared and they are confident."