Boise State Golf Ties Best Round of Season

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ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Boise State University men’s golf team finished tied for sixth place at the 36-hole Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational at St. George, Utah with a one-over par, 587, on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The Broncos staged a remarkable turnaround from day one to day two as the team dropped 21 strokes from Monday’s score to move up nine spots in the standings. After posting a 299 (+11) during the first day of competition the Boise State men’s golf team responded valiantly to the challenge of the tournament and registered a 278 (-10) in the final round of play.

"We just needed to scrape off some rust," said head coach Kevin Burton. "Once we did that, this team stepped up and played the way I know they’re capable of."

Junior Troy Merritt led the Broncos with his six-under par, 138, to tie for fourth place at the event. After shooting a 71 (-1) in the first round, Merritt stepped up his play and fired a five-under par, 67, in the final round.

Freshman Robbie Richards finished tied for 33rd with his one-over par, 145. He recorded his best round of the season Tuesday with a two-under par, 70.

Scott Loewen shot a 147 (+3) including a two-under par, 70, in the final round of competition. Shawn Tonkin posted a 151 (+7) and a one-under par, 71, in Tuesday’s play. Matt Hastings recorded a 153 (+9) to round out the scoring for the Broncos.

Final Results

Team Finishes: 1. Southern Utah (562, -14), 2. Denver (565, -11), 3. Oral Roberts (570, -6), 4. Utah (575, -1), 5. Colorado State (576, E), T6. Boise State (299-278, 577, +1), T6. Washington State (577, +1), 8. Dixie State CC (579, +3), 9. Nevada (580, +4), 10. Jacksonville (588, +12), 11. Grand Canyon (589, +13), 12. San Francisco (590, +14), T13. Nicholls State (596, +20), T13. Portland (596, +20), 15. Utah State (597, +21), 16. Utah Valley State (598, +22), 17. McNeese State (605, +29), 18. Idaho State (615, +39)

Boise State Individuals: T4. Troy Merritt (71-67 - 138, -6), T33. Robbie Richards (75-70 - 145, +1), T44. Scott Loewen (77-70 - 147, +3), T71. Shawn Tonkin (80-71 - 151, +7), T80. Matt Hastings (76-77 - 153, +9)

Top Individuals: 1. Aaron Weston, Colorado State, (71-64 - 135, -9), 2. Duncan Stewart, Jacksonville, (67-68 - 135, -9), 3. Nic Van Vuuren, Utah Valley State, (67-69 - 136, -8), T4. Troy Merritt, Boise State, (71-67 - 138, -6), T4. Eric Nilsson, Southern Utah, (70-68 - 138, -6), T4. Jordan Madison, Washington State, (70-68 - 138, -6).

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