Broncos Open the 2008 Spring Season With the Fresno State Lexus Classic, Mar. 10-11.

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s golf team will open its spring season with the 2008 Fresno State Lexus Classic Mar. 10-11, at Fresno, Calif. 


The two-day tournament will be held on the par 72, 6,729-yard Fort Washington Country Club. The tournament will open with a shotgun start Mar. 10 at 8:00 a.m., and feature the first 36 holes. The final 18 holes of golf will begin Tuesday Mar. 11, with tee off on holes No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:00 a.m.


The Field The field at the Fresno State Lexus Classic will include four teams from the Western Athletic Conference; Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho and Nevada. The tournament will also include Texas, TCU, Kansas State, Portland, Cal, Oregon, Loyola, Sacramento State, Cal State Bakersfield, Pacific, Cal State Northridge, Wyoming, Santa Clara, San Diego State, and Long Beach State.


The Broncos - The Broncos are the fourth ranked team in the WAC and 122nd in the country, according to Golfweek, with a 73.56 rating. Boise State will have the opportunity to gain ground on two of the teams, Fresno State (No. 81 and 72.65 rating) and Nevada (No. 105 and 73.24), it trails in the standing with a strong performance at the 2008 Fresno State Lexus Classic.


Boise State posted a 19-under 845 to close the fall season at the Turtle Bay Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the best team score in relation to par on the season but it was not the team’s best finish this season.


The Broncos posted a 9-under (567) to win the Purple and Red Invitation. This was the first team victory for the Broncos since the 2005 Santa Clara Invitational and the second in the three-year tenure of head coach Kevin Burton. Troy Merritt also captured the individual title at the Purple and Red Invitational marking the first time since the 2002 Bronco Round-up that Boise State has won both the individual and team title at a tournament.


The Players Troy Merritt, John Baranco, Matt Hastings, Drew Surmeier and Kevin Tarango will represent Boise State in the 2008 Fresno State Lexus Classic.


Troy Merritt captured the individual title at the Giustina Memorial Classic and the Purple and Red Invitational to open the season. He set the school-record for a low two-round score at the Purple and Red Invitational with a 10-under 134. He recorded three rounds in the 60s (68-67-69) to post a 12-under 204 and capture the individual title at the Giustina Memorial Classic. Overall, Merritt posted five top 15 finishes in six fall events and has led the Broncos in scoring for all but one tournament. He currently holds the Bronco single-season record for scoring average, 70.2, and is tied for third place on the Broncos all-time list for career top 10 finishes with 10. In the fall, Merritt posted 10 rounds under par, nine round in the 60s and a low of 64 (-8) in 17 rounds of play. Merritt was named the Western WAC Men’s Golfer of the Month for Sept., and is ranked No. 91 with a 71.12 rating according to Golfweek.


Matt Hastings remained a consistent force for the Broncos throughout the fall as he posted three top 25 finishes. His best finish came in the Santa Clara Invitational when he tied for ninth place with a 2-under 214. This fall Hastings recorded a career-low 72.8 strokes per round. He moved into a tie for third place on the Broncos all-time list for career top 25 finishes with 18 and into a tie for seventh place on the all-time list for career top 10 finishes with seven.


Sophomore John Baranco played in all six fall tournaments and posted a 72.1 scoring average to rank fifth in Boise State history. He finished tied for second place at the Wolf Pack Classic with a career-low 5-under 211. Baranco led or was second on Boise State in scoring in five of six tournaments. In the fall he posted seven rounds under par, four in the 60s and a low round of 67 (-5).


Kevin Tarango played in one fall tournament and averaged 80.0 strokes per round with a low round of 79 (+7).


Drew Surmeier will be playing in his first tournament as a member of Boise State after transferring from Hawaii at Hilo.

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