ST. GEORGE, Utah (2/9/09) The Boise State men’s golf team playing one player short shaved five strokes off its first round score but still slipped to a 12th place finish at the fifth annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational at St. George, Utah, Tuesday afternoon. The four-player Bronco squad turned in a 20-over-par 308 team score as they improved on Monday’s 313 total. Unfortunately, they slipped two spots in the final standings and finished 37 strokes back of tournament champion San Jose State who won with a eight-over-par 584.
Sophomore Chris Byrne, from Boise’s Borah High School, led the Broncos in the final round carding a team-best one-over-par 73. He completed the two-round (36 holes) tournament with a 14-over-par 158 to tie for 65th. Junior John Baranco turned in the top two-round score for Boise State with a seven-over-par 151 after reporting a second round total of 78 (+6) to place in a five-way tie for 22nd overall. Tournament champion was Cal State Northridge’s Erik Jarvey who won a one-hole playoff over Washington State’s Nick Ellis, both finished at three-under-par 141.
Rounding out the day for Boise State was freshman Blake Brown with an eight-over-par 80 giving him a tournament total of 156 (+12), while junior Robbie Richards carded a second round total of 77 (+5). He ended the two-day event by matching Brown’s overall score of 156. The duo finished in a seven-way tie for 49th.
Final Tournament Summary
Fifth Annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational
Hosted by Southern Utah University
February 9-10 at St. George, Utah
Sunbrook Golf Course (72 Par 6,758 yards)
Boise State Individual Results
T22. John Baranco (73-78151, +7); T49. Blake Brown (76-80156, +12); T49. Robbie Richards (79-77156, +12); T65. Chris Byrne (85-73158, +14); WD. Scott Loewen.
1. San Jose State (291-293584, +8); 2. Washington State (299-291590, +14); 3. Cal State Northridge (297-294591, +15); T4. Southern Utah (291-307598, +22); T4. Denver (297-301598, +22); 6. Col. of Charleston (308-299607, +31); 7. Oral Roberts (301-307608, +32); 8. Weber State (305-305610, +34); 9. Dixie State (305-308613, +37); 10. UC Riverside (321-295616, +40); 11. Utah State (318-300618, +42); 12. Boise State (313-308621, +45); 13. Grand Canyon (322-313635, +59); 14. Utah Valley (316-322638, +62).
Individual Top-Five Results
*T1. Erik Jarvey, Cal State Northridge (70-71141, -3); T1. Nick Ellis, Washington State (69-72141, -3); 3. Jay Myers, San Jose State (71-72143, -1); T4. Matt McArthur, Southern Utah (71-73144, E); T4. Scott Stiles, Oral Roberts (71-73144, E); T4. Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge (74-70144, E); T4. Aaron Conrad, San Jose State (72-72144, E). * = Jarvey won one-hole playoff for individual title.