Local colleges: Fresno State men’s golfers go low at Watney Invitational

Fresno State golfer Trevor Clayton watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second annual Nick Watney Invitational golf tournament on Oct. 5, 2015, at Fort Washington Country Club.
Fresno State golfer Trevor Clayton watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second annual Nick Watney Invitational golf tournament on Oct. 5, 2015, at Fort Washington Country Club.

If the latest showing by the Fresno State men’s golf team is a sign of things to come, the Bulldogs could be in line for a big season.

Fresno State took second place at its own Nick Watney Invitational this week at Fort Washington Country Club, combining to shoot 19-under 833 over 54 holes for its second-lowest tournament score since 1993.

“We did fantastic,” third-year coach Chad Spencer said. “We got off to a slow start the first round, but we found our footing and got a lot of confidence as the tournament moved forward. It’s just great to see.

“I know the potential of this team, and it’s good to see it when their under pressure.”

Fresno State finished eight strokes behind Saint Mary’s.

833 What the Fresno State men’s golf team shot over 54 holes during the Nick Watney Invitational, the Bulldogs’ second-lowest tournament score since 1993

Trevor Clayton led the Bulldogs, placing fifth individually at 9-under 204. It was the lowest for a Bulldogs golfer over 54 holes since Bhavik Patel’s 204 during the 2011-12 season.

Cody Riecks and Justin Avery tied for 10th at 209. Saint Mary’s sophomore Pavan Sagoo fired a tournament- and school-record 16-under 197 to earn medalist honors.

“We had a great week of preparation, and it really helped us these past two days to beat some solid teams,” Clayton said. “And for me, I just had to focus on my game and hit my shots. To shoot three under-par rounds of golf in a row felt good.”

We had a great week of preparation and it really helped us these past two days to beat some solid teams

Fresno State golfer Trevor Clayton

Fresno State competes at Cal’s Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Meadow Club in Fairfax. The Golden Bears (835) finished third in Fresno.

▪ The women’s golf team, after a week off, will play Friday through Sunday at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Littleton, Colo. Hannah Sodersten’s third-place finish helped Fresno State also nab third as a team at the 15-school Rose City Collegiate on Sept. 28-29 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.. The Bulldogs’ 11-over 875 is the second lowest in program history, with a second-round 285 matching the lowest single-round score set a season ago. Joanna Kim, Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir and Mimi Ho also were in the top 20.

▪ Fresno State sisters Maiar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed lost 8-4 on the final day of qualifying at the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades.

▪ Fresno State volleyball coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell heads into two Mountain West Conference matches with her 100th victory with the Bulldogs in tow. The milestone came in last week’s 25-19, 15-25, 25-19, 25-20 win at Utah State. A tough five-set loss at Boise State capped the road trip, with Fresno State (9-8, 1-2) hosting Nevada (7-9, 2-2) on Thursday night and San Diego State (4-12, 1-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

▪ Top-ranked Georgia edged the Bulldogs equestrian team 12-8 before Fresno State bounced back to beat host Delaware State 9-7 in two season-opening matches in Harrington, Del. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs remain on the road, traveling to Waco, Texas, to face Tennessee-Martin on Friday and New Mexico State on Saturday at the Willis Invitational.

▪ The Bulldogs soccer team got its first Mountain West victory Sunday, beating Boise State 4-1 behind two goals from sophomore Myra Delgadillo. The Union City native then led Fresno State (3-8-1, 2-2-1) to a 1-0 upset at league-leader Colorado College (6-7-1, 4-1-0) on Thursday with a goal in the 32nd minute on a through ball from Peyton Cline. The Bulldogs return to host Air Force (4-7-1, 2-1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

New milestones for Krieghoff – Former Buchanan High standout Elise Krieghoff scored another magic moment for the Cal Poly women’s soccer team, scoring twice in a 7-2 win at Hawaii. It was the 11th multigoal match of her career and her 51 career goals are fifth among active NCAA Division I players.

Fellow Buchanan grad Caitlyn Kreutz scored twice in the Big West Conference victory Sunday, her third two-goal game in a 10-match span. The Mustangs (5-3-5, 1-1) hosted Long Beach State on Thursday and traveling to Cal State Northridge on Sunday.

Fresno Pacific – The Fresno Pacific volleyball team showed some fight during a win last week at Point Loma.

Behind Gabriela Macedo’s 18 kills and 12 digs, the Sunbirds won 25-15, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17 against a Sea Lions team (7-6, 2-3 PacWest) that had been nationally ranked until that week. Junior setter Bissie DenHartog was the PacWest player of the week after recording double-doubles in two matches, including 48 assists and 21 digs against Point Loma.

Fresno Pacific will play its next five on the road, including Friday at Holy Names in Oakland and Saturday against Dominican in San Rafael.

▪ The men’s soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to eight matches, improving to 7-1-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the PacWest following a 7-2 thrashing of Dominican on Wednesday. Last week, the Sunbirds held Hawaii Pacific to a scoreless draw and won 2-0 at BYU Hawaii on a trip to the islands.

Junior forward Jorge Chedraui was named co-player of the week after a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Hilo. Andrew Luis had two shutouts while earning defender of the week honors. It was the third week in a row a Sunbird earned a weekly honor, with Renato Bustamante and Joey Belzil the previous honorees. The Sunbirds host Point Loma (4-3-1, 3-1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ramirez Field.

▪ The women’s soccer team saw its PacWest winning streak end on the islands, falling 3-2 at Hawaii Pacific and drawing 0-0 with BYU Hawaii, but bounced back to beat visiting Dominican 3-0 on Wednesday. Mariah Montoya scored in the 34th and 69th minutes for the Sunbirds (5-3-1, 3-1-1), who host Point Loma (6-3, 3-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Fresno City – Kristin Thompson scored the equalizer and Kelly Garzon the game-winner as the Fresno City women’s soccer team – ranked No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America JC Division III poll – kept its unbeaten season alive Saturday with a 2-1 comeback win over Ventura.

The Rams (8-0-3) retained their spot atop the latest national poll released Tuesday and were fifth in the state’s power rankings, based on a mathematical formula that includes opposing teams’ winning percentages. The Rams open Central Valley Conference play at 4 p.m. Friday, hosting Sequoias (3-8-1) at Ratcliffe Stadium.

▪ Fresno City’s men’s soccer team snapped its five-match winless streak with back-to-back victories. The Rams (6-4-4, 1-1) blanked Taft 1-0 in a CVC match on the road before beating Modesto 3-2 at home Tuesday. They visit Delta on Friday.

▪ The men’s soccer team at West Hills-Lemoore (9-4, 2-0) downed Sequoias 4-3 in overtime Friday and shut out Delta 4-0 on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles are the early conference leaders with six points.

▪ Fresno City’s volleyball team is undefeated in the CVC at 4-0, winning 3-0 at Columbia on Wednesay after an Oct. 2 home sweep of Reedley. The Rams (10-4 overall) began the week ranked ninth in the state and No. 3 in NorCal. Fresno City, which plays at West Hills at 6 p.m. Friday, has an overall 52-match conference winning streak and has won 63 in a row at home.

▪ Fresno City is No. 1 in InterMat’s state rankings, helped by a team title at the Santa Ana tournament on Oct. 3. The Rams totaled 163.5 points, and had 10 wrestlers place and three – Jonas Gaytan (141), Martine Sandoval (149) and Mo Naser (174) – earn titles. Fresno City kept up the winning with a 45-0 dual win over Santa Rosa on Wednesday. Next up is the Modesto Tournament on Saturday.