ST. GEORGE, Utah (2/8/2010) - The Boise State University men's golf team finds itself in a three-way tie for third place, out 11 teams, after the opening day of the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah. Three Broncos, Blake Brown, Robbie Richards and Joey Lovell, are currently in an eight-way tie for 10th place tallying one-over 73s, three strokes out of first. The Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational is a 36-hole two round competition with the final 18 to be played Tuesday at the par-72 Sunbrook Country Club.
After the first day the Broncos are four strokes out of first place firing a team score of six-over 294. They will enter tomorrow's round tied with WAC rival Utah State and UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City). The host school Southern Utah University is currently in first after carding a two-over 290 followed by the College of Charleston with a five-over 293.
Leading Boise State are senior Robbie Richards, junior Joey Lovell and sophomore Blake Brown who all fired one-over 73s. Richards recorded a 38 on the front nine then rallied with a 35 on the back nine. Lovell rejoined the team this spring after redshirting last year and taking the fall semester off to focus on classes. The Sandpoint, Idaho, native and Lewis-Clark State College transfer opened his Bronco career with a 36 followed by a 37. Sophomore Blake Brown recorded a 37 on the first nine then a 36 on the back side.
Rounding out the Boise State scoring were freshmen Taeksoo Kim and Clayton Kosanovich who both turned in three-over 75s to finish the first day in a nine-way tie for 27th. Kim fired a 36 on the first nine and a 39 on the second nine, while Kosanovich tallied a 40 and 35. There are six individuals tied for first place with two-under 70s.
Day One Summary
Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational
Feb. 8, 2010
Host: Southern Utah University
St. George, Utah (Sunbrook Country Club: Par-72, 6,781 yards)
1 Southern Utah (290, +2)
2 Charleston, Coll. of (293, +5)
3 Boise State (294, +6)
Utah State (294, +6)
UMKC (294, +6)
6 Western Illinois (296, +8)
Oral Roberts (296, +8)
8 CSU-Fullerton (303, +15)
9 IPFW (306, +18)
10 Butler (308, +20)
11 Seattle (312, +24)
1 Jeff Evans, So. Utah (70, -2)
Tanner Higham, Utah St. (70, -2)
*Taylor Reardon, Dixie St. (70, -2)
Will Robson, UMKC (70, -2)
Harrison Moore, Charleston (70, -2)
*Aaron Tuttle, Dixie St. (70, -2)
10 Blake Brown, Boise St. (73, +1)
Robbie Richards, Boise St. (73, +1)
Joey Lovell, Boise St. (73, +1)
27 Taeksoo Kim, Boise St. (75, +3)
Clayton Kosanovich, Boise St. (75, +3)