Humphreys Finishes T-5 at MW
April 22, 2018

BREMERTON, Wash. – On the heels of six birdies, sophomore Brian Humphreys fired a 3-under 69 for the Boise State men’s golf team in the final round of the 2018 Mountain West Championships Sunday, moving into a tie for fifth place.

Humphreys, who became the first freshman in league history to claim medalist honors at the MW Championships last season, concluded this season’s event with a three-round total of 1-under 215 (74-72-69) at the 7,115-yard Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Humphreys was one of only eight individuals in the field to finish the tournament under par.

“I’m really proud of Brian,” head coach Dan Potter said. “Despite coming in as the defending champion, this was a totally different test. He didn’t play his best the first round and it would have been easy to get discouraged, but that’s not who he is. He played great. He hung tough all year long while our team faced some adversity. I can’t say enough about his maturity and the consistency of his work ethic.”

Senior Donny Hopoi, playing in his final event as a Bronco, rebounded from a tough first two days to match Humphreys in the final round. His 69 (-3) moved him into a tie for 25th with a three-round score of 224 (78-77-69, +8).

The final-round scores for Humphreys and Hopoi were tied for the second-lowest in the field on the day.

Once each of the Broncos had made the turn to the back nine Sunday, Boise State had moved into a tie for sixth place, sitting at 6-under on the day. What was a promising start ultimately faded away, but Boise State concluded the MW Championships in seventh at 19-over for the tournament (296-296-291—883) – one stroke back of a tie for fifth, and eight strokes back of third.

“Our guys tried hard this week,” Potter said. “We finally got on a roll early on in the round today but we didn’t quite get everyone across the finish line. That’s always hard to do, but I was proud of how they came out today and competed. We’re in a tough conference.”

Senior Tristan Rohrbaugh paced Boise State through the first two days of the conference tournament, but fell back in the final round after shooting 79 (+7). He concluded his Bronco career with a tie for 27th (72-74-79—225, +9).

Sophomore Mason Schulze finished 33rd, posting rounds of 74-74-78 (226, +10), and freshman Jun Ho Won concluded the tournament with a 227 (76-76-75, +11), tying for 34th.

UNLV took home the team title finishing 8-under (856), and the Rebels’ Shintaro Ban ran away with medalist honors, finishing 16-under – nine strokes clear of second place.

“I’m proud of our seniors,” Potter said. “We had Donny Hopoi for two years and he really elevated our program competitively in that short time. Tristan Rohrbaugh helped us piece together a respectable showing this week. He was really gritty in those first two rounds when we needed it.

“Despite not being with us this week, Jacob Byers meant a lot to this team this year and all four years he’s been a Bronco. Tristan and Jake endured a rookie head coach when they first arrived at Boise State and I have the utmost respect for the type of men they have become in the last four years. All three of our seniors have bright futures in golf and in life.”

T5. Brian Humphreys (74-72-69—215, -1), T25. Donny Hopoi (78-77-69—224, +8), T27. Tristan Rohrbaugh (72-74-79—225, +9), 33. Mason Schulze (74-74-78—226, +10), T34. Jun Ho Won (76-76-75—227, +11).

1. UNLV (284-288-284—856, -8), 2. Colorado State (284-293-290—867, +3), 3. Nevada (293-291-291—875, +11), 4. Fresno State (287-295-299—881, +17), T5. Wyoming (289-293-300—882, +18), T5. New Mexico (295-298-289—882, +18), 7. Boise State (296-296-291—883, +19), 8. San Diego State (284-303-297—884, +20), 9. San Jose State (288-297-300—885, +21), 10. Air Force (305-303-309—917, +53), 11. Utah State (304-309-309—922, +58).

1. Shintaro Ban, UNLV (68-67-65—200, -16), 2. Grant Booth, Nevada (68-71-70—209, -7), T3. Sean Yu, San Jose State (74-67-73—214, -2), T3. Galven Green, New Mexico (69-75-70—214, -2), T5. Brian Humphreys, Boise State (74-72-69—215, -1), T5. Three Others (215, -1).

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