Bulldogs Honored at Women's Golf Banquet

May 4, 2013

By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif.-- The Fresno State women's golf team celebrated both individual and team efforts over the 2012-13 season with family and friends at the annual awards banquet on Saturday, May 4th.

The Bulldogs gathered with family and friends at Pardini's in Fresno, Calif. and reminisced on the many accomplishments made throughout the year.

Along with celebrating individual and team efforts, the Bulldogs honored senior Shaylee Yano for the commitment and leadership she brought as a team captain during this season.

As a team, the 'Dogs competed in 10 tournaments with approximately 15 teams at each event. Along with their first place victory at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs made six, top-10 finishes and two, top-five finishes. The Bulldogs broke the 300-shot mark five times and carded a season low one-over par, 289 during the second round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate.

The Bulldogs best finish of the season, the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate was held on Oct. 13-14 at Classic Club in Palm Springs, Calif. Along with taking the tournament crown, the Bulldogs made a tournament record with a total score of 885 (291-289-305). Bulldogs Madchen Ly and Christine Uhalde medaled by finishing in the top three of the 104-player tournament.

According to Golfstat, from October to April, the Bulldogs moved up 35 spots among national ranking and finished the season 83rd out of 257 teams.

As a team, the 'Dogs made 254 birdies and on 14 different occasions, individual players shot even par or better during competition.

The team was not only honored for their achievements on the course, but they were also acknowledged for their achievements off the course and in the classroom. Seven of the Bulldogs earned over a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester, including four who earned over a 3.5 GPA.

Based on individual stats, Hannah Sodersten was honored for hitting the most greens with a 63 percent average and for hitting the most doubles per round with a .5 average.

Madchen Ly was awarded with hitting the most fairways and holding the best scoring average. In competition, Ly made 72 percent all fairways and held the low scoring average of 75.75. Ly was also awarded with the most birdies this season with 57.

Shaylee Yano was honored with the fewest putts per round with a 30.79 average and with the best up and down percentage of 55 percent.

Krysta Clark was honored with the best sand save average with 44 percent.

The following award winners were chosen by head coach Angie Cates Moore for their accomplishments this season.

Bulldog Award: Madchen Ly This award is based on character and is awarded to the player who has the best attitude throughout the year. This player respects the game, the opportunity she's been given, her teammates and her coaches. She does what needs to be done and she does it with a positive attitude. Her teammates have recognized her outstanding attitude, her ability to lift others up and her hard work on and off the course.

Most Improved: Hillary Billingsley This award was given as a reflection of a player's positive attitude and work ethic noticed by coaches and teammates. The recipient had an obvious new found desire and competitive fire this season, which helped her earn a position in competitive play throughout the year. She was a joy to be around a full of talent.

MVP: Hannah Sodersten This award is given to a student athlete that competed in 100% of events and had the second best scoring average on the team at 76. She led the team in greens in regulation. Her consistent ball striking, and up and down percentage led to low scores and put her at the top of the conference charts. Her score was used in team competitions all but once in this year.

Top Dog Award: Shaylee Yano This recipient exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. She played in every competitive round for the Bulldogs and they used her score all but once. She excels in the classroom and always inspires her team as their captain. It would be tough to find anyone with more passion and competitive fire.