Humphreys, Hopoi Finish In Top Six
Jan. 31, 2017

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    CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - Boise State men's golf closed their first tournament of the spring season Tuesday, finishing fifth at the Folino Invitational at the Industry Hills Golf Club. The Broncos, powered by top-six finishes from freshman Brian Humphreys (+1, third) and junior Donny Hopoi (+3, sixth), finished at 29-over (893) as a team, just six strokes out of the top three.

    Humphreys shot even par for the second-consecutive round to finish at 1-over, while Hopoi carded his second-straight 1-under to complete a strong turnaround after shooting a 5-over 77 in Monday's opening round. Freshman Connor Johnstone closed out the tournament with his first top-25 finish, ending at 10-over to finish tied for 25th.

    For Humphreys it is his third top-three finish this season. He earned medalist honors at the Ogio Utah Invitational (Oct. 3-4) and followed with a runner-up finish at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational (Oct. 27-29).

    "I'm really happy for Brian to pick up where he left off in the fall. Everything in his game is solid and on hard courses he's going to stack up very well," said Boise State head coach Dan Potter. "I couldn't be any prouder of Donny. He was 9-over through his first seven holes [of the tournament] and ended 3-over. That's big-time guts and something he will build off of moving forward."

    As a team, Boise State's quintet of Humphreys, Hopoi, Johnstone, Jacob Byers and Mason Schulze shot 8-over in Tuesday's final round, getting as high as a tie for fourth before settling back into fifth, where the Broncos opened the day. The Broncos ended up just a stroke off of fourth-place Cal State Northridge and six back of third-place UC Irvine. Long Beach State captured the team title at 8-over (872) with runner-up UC Santa Barbara two strokes behind.

    "Today we were a little sloppy at the start but finished well. All things considered, this was a positive event for us," said Potter. "There are some things to clean up, but we competed well."

    Schulze shot a 4-over 76 in Tuesday's final round, finishing the tournament 15-over. Byers closed with a 77 to finish the event at 29-over. Sophomore Alex Francois, competing as an individual entry, ended up tied for 30th at 12-over.

    The Broncos return to action in two weeks, splitting off for a pair of tournaments taking place Feb. 13-14. Boise State golfers will compete at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah, and the Pro Compression Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

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