Broncos Sweep Team, Player Titles
Feb. 28, 2017

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    LONG BEACH, Calif. - Boise State men's golf pulled off the double Tuesday at the Del Walker Intercollegiate, claiming its first team title since October 2013 while freshman Brian Humphreys finished the three-round event at 1-under (209) to take home the individual title, his second of the season.

    The Bronco quintet of Humphreys, Donny Hopoi, Connor Johnstone, Tristan Rohrbaugh and Mason Schulze entered Tuesday's final round eight strokes back of leader Cal Poly, and collectively shot four-over in the final round to catch the Mustangs and win the team title by four strokes with a final score of 855 (+15). The eight-stroke, final-round deficit is the largest overcome in Boise State history, eclipsing the six-stroke deficit erased en route to winning the Utah Invitational back on Oct. 8, 2013. Tuesday's victory is also the 16th tournament victory in program history.

    "I'm pumped for our guys. We have a young bunch and I'm just really excited for them to experience this as a team," said Boise State head coach Dan Potter. "They have worked hard and worked on the right things and it's fun to see them get results."

    Humphreys earned his second medalist honor of the season after having previously shared the victory at the Ogio Utah Invitational (Oct. 7-8). The Bronco freshman finished his second round, which had been suspended due to darkness Monday evening, with a 2-under 68 Tuesday morning, and followed with a 1-over 71 on the par-70 Virginia Country Club course to finish the event 1-under (70-68-71), a stroke ahead of a trio of golfers that included Schulze.

    "I'm running out of things to say about Brian. He continues to impress with his consistent play," Potter said. "One of the best compliments you can give a competitive golfer is to call them a 'boring' player, and he is just that."

    It was Schulze, however, who heated up and highlighted the Broncos' closing surge. Sitting a 3-over through the first seven holes of the final round, Schulze shot 6-under the rest of the way, carding five birdies, a bogey, and a clutch eagle on the par-5 No. 18. The hot finish shot him all the way up to a tie for second on the individual leaderboard at even par (70-73-67).

    "Huge finish for Mason today. We've been needing another guy to step up with a low round and today he did it, even after a rocky start," Potter said about Schulze's final round. "He batled back then punctuated it with the eagle on the last hole. Mason is an exceptional ball striker and this is just the beginning of what he is capable of."

    Hopoi and Johnstone finished the tournament with identical scores of 218 to finish tied for 20th at 3-over. Hopoi opened with a 72 before shooting 73 in each of the final two rounds, while Johnstone shot 73 in the first and final rounds, sandwiched around a 72 in the second.

    Rohrbaugh bounced back from an opening-round 76 to card a pair of 73s in the final two rounds, finishing the tournament at 12-over.

    "We were consistent all three rounds this week and able to stay around the lead. You never know when it's going to be good enough to win but we had all five guys battling each round and fortunately it went our way in the end," Potter said.

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