Boise State Heads off to Arizona for Desert Shootout at Goodyear, Ariz....
► What’s Happening
Boise State men’s golf returns to action this week when they travel to Goodyear, Ariz., to compete at the Desert Shootout hosted by the University of Denver at the Palm Valley Golf Club March 19-21.  The Broncos are one of 15 teams competing in the 54-hole, three-round tournament that will be played over three days, Thursday thru Saturday. Last time out, Boise State competed at the Fresno State Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif., March 9-10 where they placed tied for 17th.

► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Competing for the Broncos at the Desert Shootout with be freshman Blake Brown (73.3 avg.) at the first position, junior John Baranco (75.4 avg.) will play the two, senior Scott Loewen (73.1 avg.) will be playing at the number three position, junior Robbie Richards (75.7 avg.) at the four, while sophomore Chris Byrne (79.0 avg.) gets the nod at the fifth position. The first four have been main stays in the Bronco lineup this year, while Byrne makes his second tournament appearance of the 2008-09 season.

► The Tournament Format
The 54-hole tournament is being hosted by the University of Denver a member of the Sun Belt Conference. This year’s Desert Shootout will feature 14 collegiate teams with over 70 student-athletes participating. The tournament format calls for three rounds of 18 holes each with one round played per day. The first round will be played Thursday, March 19, followed by the second on Friday and the final round Saturday morning.

► The Tournament Course
The 2009 Desert Shootout is being held at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz. The club features two different 18-hole courses, the tournament will be played on the Palms Course which is setup as a Par 71 and spans 7,015 yards.  The fairways are common Bermuda grass, the tees are 328 Bermuda, and the greens have tiff dwarf. 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. For more information about the course please visit the Palm Valley Golf Club’s web site at:

► The Tournament Field

The field competing against the Broncos includes: Air Force, Cleveland State, Coastal Carolina, Denver, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Southern Utah, Tulsa, Utah Valley, and New Mexico (competing as individuals only).
► The Broncos’ Record Versus Tournament Field

So far this year through seven competitions the Broncos have gone 5-5 against members of this competition: Air Force 0-1, Denver 1-2, Kansas State 0-1, Southern Utah 1-1, and Utah Valley 3-0. Boise State is meeting eight of the 14 schools for the first time this year at the classic.

► Last Time Out For the Broncos
Boise State competed at the Fresno State Lexus Classic March 9-10 in Fresno, Calif. After starting the event strong the blue and orange slipped in the final two rounds finishing tied for 17th out of 20 teams. Freshman Blake Brown led the Broncos with a team-best four-over-par 220 to tie for 19th place.

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