April 11, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Jason Anthony captured his first collegiate tournament title on Tuesday at the Saint Mary's Invitational and helped Fresno State (292-311-305 - 908) move up to finish third in the 19-team field.
Anthony (70-73-75) shot a final-round 75 to maintain his hold on first place through two rounds. He made 10 birdies in the tournament en route to a 218 overall score.
"It's very exciting to take home the trophy," Anthony said. "I just told myself to go out today, hang in there and make pars. It's definitely a great feeling going home with this win."
"Jason played an excellent round today, especially with the pressure of holding the lead," said head coach Mike Watney. "We're all proud of him."
Ryan McDonald, playing as an individual, recorded a top-10 finish with rounds of 75-72-77 - 224. He tied for eighth.
Jonny Rosa (75-78-73) shot the lowest final round for the Bulldogs and tied for 16th with 226. Brian Kelley (73-80-78) ended in 32nd with 231, and Matt Shaw placed 49th with rounds of 74-81-79 - 234. Mark Modglin (76-80-84) tied for 74th with a 240 total.
Watney said the teams played through some rain as well as gusts of wind up to 40 mph.
"Jonny's round today was fantastic," Watney said. "His 73 and Jason's 75, plus the fact that we didn't have to count any scores in the 80s today, helped us move up a couple spots to finish third."
Lamar (891) pulled out a one-stroke victory over Xavier for the team title.
Fresno State next looks to defend the title it won in 2005 at the BYU Cougar Classic when it returns to the tournament Friday and Saturday in Provo, Utah.
Jason Anthony captured the individual title Tuesday at the Saint Mary's Invitational.