Boise State University's men's golf team is off to the Denver Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., this week. The 17-team tournament is sponsored by the University of Denver and will be held this Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20, at Palm Valley Golf Course. This is the fourth competition of the spring semester for the Broncos. Note, there will not be live scoring for this competition.
► The Desert Shootout Tournament Format
The format for this event calls for three rounds played over three days, Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20. There will be 18 holes played per day with the first two days starting with tee times and the final round on Saturday by a shot gun start.
► The Host Golf Course
The tournament is being held at Palm Valley Golf Club, in Goodyear, Ariz., which is part of the Phoenix metro area. This competition will be staged on the club's Palms Course which features a 7,015-yard competition course for a par 72. Designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, Palm Valley Golf Club's Palms Course is one of the most popular golf courses in the area. The Palms Course has been rated among Arizona's best public golf courses by The Phoenix Business Journal, and the ninth hole is routinely cited by avid players as one of the best par-5s in the state.
► The Tournament Field
The Denver Desert Shootout features teams from 17 NCAA Division I institutions. Boise State will be the lone school representing the Western Athletic Conference in this competition. Other participating schools for the tournament include: the host school Denver, as well as, BYU, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Nebraska, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Pacific (Calif.), Southern Utah, Utah, VCU (Virginia Commonwealth), Wichita State and Xavier. The top teams at this event according to the March 10th Golf Stat rankings are No. 53 BYU, No. 56 VCU and No. 59 Wichita State. Overall, their will be more than 80 individuals competing for the team and individual titles.
► Boise State's Tournament Roster
This week's lineup for the Broncos features senior John Baranco (76.1 strokes per round average) starting at the number one position. Sophomore Blake Brown (74.0 spr) will begin at the second slot followed by senior Robbie Richards (75.3 spr), junior Chris Byrne (77.3 spr), with freshman Taeksoo Kim (74.9 spr) rounding out the five-man roster.
► Last Time Out
This week saw a short turn around as the Boise State men just competed this past weekend at the Bandon Dunes Championship hosted by Gonzaga University in Bandon, Ore. The tournament was hampered by harsh weather conditions which inflated the scores and shortened the competition to a 36-hole event with the Broncos taking fourth out of seven teams. Boise State fired a team total of 641 (+73) to finish 19 strokes out of first place. Senior John Baranco led the team carding a final two-round score of 156 (+14) to tie for fifth place out of 36 individuals.