Bulldogs Swing Into Spring Action

Feb. 13, 2013

FRESNO, Calif.--The Fresno State women's golf teamed opened the 2012-13 season with three, top five individual finishes and one team title during the fall season and prepare to have even more success during the spring.

The Bulldogs teed off the fall season at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. The 'Dogs then traveled to Sammamish, Wash. and competed in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Sahalee Country Club.

Upon a hard battle on the Sahalee Country Club golf course, the Bulldogs continued to fight at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Springs. Their determination and will came into play as they took home their first team title of the season. While in Palm Springs, the 'Dogs made a tournament record with a total score of 885. The Bulldogs took home more than just the team title as sophomore Madchen Ly placed second and junior Christine Uhalde placed third.

Following their victory, the Bulldogs wrapped up the fall season with tough competition and extreme wind conditions at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

"The win in Palm Springs was very exciting and we hope to continue that success in the spring," head coach Angie Cates-Moore said. "We saw a lot of great competition in the fall and played some tough courses. That experience will help us in the spring."

Bulldogs Ly, Hannah Sodersten and Christine Uhalde rank in the MW top 20 and each played in all 12 rounds of the fall season.

Sodersten, the lone freshman, is a local Fresno native and has proved to be an asset to the Bulldogs in just one season. Sodersten recorded her best tournament score at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate after firing six over par and finishing in a tie for fifth place. Sodersten additionally made the top 25 in two of the four tournaments she competed in during the fall.

"We knew Hannah was going to have an immediate impact on our program," said Cates-Moore. "She had great success in high school and the transition has gone smooth for her. She is very dedicated. She will work hard during the off-season and will continue to improve this spring. We are all happy she's a Bulldog."

The Bulldogs tee off their spring season on Feb. 16-17 at the Peg Barnard Invitational hosted by Stanford.

"We are starting off at Stanford where we played really well last year," senior Shaylee Yano. "We finished in third and Christine won the tournament so we are very excited to be going back. We all love the course and usually play pretty well there."

The 'Dogs then trek to another three tournaments out of town, which include the Cal Classic at the Ruby Hill Golf Club, the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose and the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Kapalua, Maui.

As the Bulldogs near the end of the spring season, they will host the annual Fresno State Lexus Classic at Copper River Country Club. The Bulldogs then wrap up the spring season at the MW Conference Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. At the MW Conference Championship, the 'Dogs will face their MW foes while hoping to bring home a championship title.

"We have a very solid schedule traveling to Stanford, Cal, Hawaii, etc." Cates-Moore said. "We know what we need to work hard to have success and I'm confident we will see those improvements pay off."

The conclusion of the spring season will say a final goodbye to Yano. Yano fired her best score of the season at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate where she posted a +12 over 75-72-81.

"Shaylee is such a competitor and we know she wants to finish her collegiate career on a high note," Cates-Moore said. "If she focuses on the process and lets the results just happen it will be a good spring for her."

As Yano enters her final season as a student-athlete on the Fresno State women's golf team, she reflected on her time at Fresno State and reminisced on the friendships and memories she made as a Bulldog.

"Our team has such great team chemistry and they are like my second family," Yano said. "I am just going to try to enjoy every moment that I have left with them. It has been such an amazing journey and I couldn't have asked for a better 4 years."