Boise State Golf Prepares to Compete in 17-Team Braveheart Classic

What’s Happening   The Boise State University men’s golf team will travel to California to compete in the fifth annual Braveheart Classic hosted by UC Riverside, Mar. 5-6. The tournament will be held at the 7,003-yard, par 72 Oak Valley Golf Club at Beaumont, Calif., and will begin daily at 8:00 a.m., with a shotgun start.


The Field The 17-team field at the Braveheart Classic will feature Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Gonzaga, Idaho, Idaho State, Jacksonville, Kansas State, Penn, Portland, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Texas Pan-Am, UC Riverside, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Weber State.


The Players The Boise State golf team will send juniors Scott Loewen, Troy Merritt and Matt Hastings along with freshmen Shawn Tonkin and Robbie Richards for the second consecutive tournament.


Loewen enters the dual match averaging 76.6 strokes per round. He recorded a career best 70 (-2), in the final round of the Thunderbird Invitational to assist Boise State in dropping 21 strokes from its first round score.


Merritt continues to be a leader for the Broncos as he registered a 138 (-6) at the tournament to tie for fourth and lead the Broncos’ comeback. During fall play, Merritt shot a school-record 62 (-9), en route to tying for first place at the District VII Shootout. Merritt collected four top 25 appearances and two top 10 finishes to average 72.0 shots per round in the fall.


Hastings recorded two top 25 finishes during the fall to move into 10th place on the Boise State all-time list with 12 in his career. He averaged 73.5 shots per round during the fall and fired a career best round of 67 at the Purple and Red Invitational.


Tonkin competed in five fall tournaments including tying for 24th at the District VII Shootout where he recorded a career best 70 (-1). Tonkin was also vital in the Broncos rise from 15th place to sixth place as he dropped nine strokes between rounds and recorded a 71 (-1) on the final day.


Richards excelled at the Thunderbird Invitational, shooting a 145 (+1) to tie for 33rd and post the second best score for Boise State at the event.


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