Strong Finish Gets Broncos Into Third
Oct. 27, 2016

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    STOCKTON, Calif. -- Under-par back nines from Brian Humphreys and Kyle Mitsunaga helped Boise State men's golf pick up key strokes and climb into third place late in Thursday's first round of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club.

    The Broncos finished the day at even par (284) as a team on the par-71, 6,516-yard course, with Humphreys and Mitsunaga leading the way with matching 70s (-1). The pair is tied for 11th on the individual leaderboard, three strokes back of co-leaders Aaron Beverley of Sacramento State and Rhett Rasmussen of BYU. On the team leaderboard, the Broncos are six strokes back of the leader, Sacramento State, and two back of second-place BYU.

    "I'm really proud of how the guys finished their rounds today," said Boise State head coach Dan Potter. "Our freshmen both played well on the back nine, which you love to see, and Kyle Mitsunaga just got better and better as the day went on."

    Competition continues Wednesday morning with the second round before Thursday's final round.

    Boise State lingered in the middle of the 13-team field for much of the front nine, sitting tied for sixth at the turn. Humphreys helped fuel the charge up the team leaderboard over his final 10 holes, bouncing back from a bumpy start (+3 through eight) to collect four birdies and six pars. Mitsunaga opened his round with a bogey followed by 12-straight pars before carding birdies on 14 and 16 to get to 1-under.

    Freshman Mason Schulze birdied 14 to get himself to 1-over and finished the round there, with a 72, after shooting par on each of the last four holes. Junior Donny Hopoi also shot 72 Tuesday, recovering from a double bogey-bogey start to the back nine to birdie 12 and 16 in a strong finish.

    "Donny didn't have a good ball-striking day and still managed a 72. He showed a lot of maturity today when we needed it," Potter said.

    Jacob Byers shot 79 to round out the Bronco quintet.

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