France in Top 10, Kim in Top 20 at Spring Opener
ST. GEORGE, Utah – Freshman Logan France and senior T.K. Kim led the Boise State men’s golf team in the opening round of the 36-hole Thunderbird Invitational Monday, the Broncos’ first official event of the spring season.
France is tied for 10th place following his opening-round, even-par 72 at the 6,879-yard Sunbrook Golf Club.
Kim is two strokes back of his freshman teammate (74, +2), currently tied for 19th.
France, whose best finish during the fall was a tie for 20th at the Ram Master Invitational (Sept. 15-16), is just two strokes back of a four-way tie atop the leaderboard entering Tuesday’s final round.
Kim will be looking for a sixth-consecutive top-20 finish to begin the 2012-13 season. He recorded five-straight top-20 efforts during the fall, including two top 10s.
“Logan and T.K. got off to a great start,” head coach Kevin Burton said. “Sometimes it takes a few rounds to get back into tournament mode after not competing for nearly four months, but those two picked up right where they left off in the fall. Hopefully the rest of the guys were able to shake some rust off today, and they can come through with better scores tomorrow.”
Boise State carded a team score of 309 (+21) in the first official outing of the spring season, and the Broncos are currently tied for 12th place.
Rounding out the scoring for Boise State were redshirt junior Jordan Skyles (78; +6), senior Clayton Kosanovich (85, +13) and junior Minwoo Park (86, +14).
The final round of the Thunderbird Invitational is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and final results will be available at BroncoSports.com.
Boise State participated in a tri-duel Saturday (Feb. 9) in Las Vegas, squaring off against Denver and Northern Colorado. The Broncos won the stroke play portion of the event, with Skyles earning medalist honors with an even-par 72, and Kim earning a share of second place with a 73 (+1).
The event, which does not count toward the team’s Golfstat ratings, was held at Spanish Trails Country Club in Las Vegas.
“The tri-duel gave us an opportunity to hit some balls for the first time in a few weeks, and it’s always nice starting off the season with a win,” Burton said. “We didn’t play our best today (at the Thunderbird Invitational), but the competition in Las Vegas showed me that we’re getting closer to tournament mode, and we’re hoping for a successful spring season.”
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