May 28, 2020
Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics.

‘Dogs take an early lead but finish in fourth

The Fresno State men’s golf team finished in fourth place in the 2019 Nick Watney Invitational at Fort Washington Country Club on Tuesday morning, according to the Fresno State Athletics news release.

The annual two-day tournament returned to Fort Washington in northeast Fresno for the first time since 2015. Originally named the Fresno State Classic, the first event was held in 1964 and eventually renamed the Nick Watney Invitational in the fall of 2014.

The three-round tournament had low scores by the top contenders: BYU 281-273-268, Long Beach State 274-280-273, San Jose State 280-280-269, Fresno State 283-272-278 and San Diego 281-279-273.

Fresno State’s Michael Cliff, who tied for 14, and Matthew Sutherland, who tied for 16, both finished in the top 20 of the 92 players. Tommy Stephenson, who tied for 21, and Kevin Huff, who tied for 27, would end up in the top 30.

Bulldogs’ Tyler Gardner delivered with his second straight under-par with a 1-under-par 70 on Tuesday to follow up a 4-under-par 67 he shot on the final 18 holes on Monday.

BYU would finish 30-under-par to capture the team title, and Long Beach State’s Hunter Epson would make a birdie on 15 to win the individual championship. 

“We had a nice performance this week,” said Fresno State head coach Chad Spencer in the release. “We got in position to win and just didn’t have the back nine that we wanted, but we are in a good place heading into next week.”

Fresno State will compete again next week when the Bulldogs travel to the Alister Mackenzie Invitational hosted by UC Berkeley at the Meadow Club in Fairfax.

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