Boise State Records Best Round of Spring at Desert Shootout
Marusiak tied for eighth at 4-under 68.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (3/17/2011) - It was a solid opening day at the Denver Desert Shootout for Boise State University’s men’s golf team  recording its best round of the spring semester with an even-par 288 at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. Charlie Marusiak led the Broncos Thursday afternoon with a career-best 4-under 68 on the first 18 holes of the three-day tournament. Overall, the Broncos find themselves in 11th-place out of 15 teams with two days to go in Arizona.

The University of Oklahoma leads the team competition after one round with a 14-under 274, two strokes better than second-place TCU (276, -12). Three teams, Saint Mary’s (Calif.), Brigham Young and Iowa State, are tied for third at 11-under 277.  The Broncos will open the second day of the event within striking distance of the leading Sooners, 14 strokes back at 288. 

Four participants are tied for first on the individual leaderboard after 18 holes at 6-under 66. The University of North Texas’ Carlos Ortiz, Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer, and BYU’s Zachary Blair and Cameron Edens find themselves one-stroke better than a pack of three golfers tied for fifth at 5-under 67.

Boise State’s Charlie Marusiak is two-strokes back of the leaders in a group of nine tied for eighth-place with 4-under 68’s. The sophomore from Phoenix who is playing in his own back-yard fired at 36 on the front nine followed by a solid 32 on the back half.

Another Arizona native, Scott Spiewak (Prescott), follows Marusiak for Boise State tied with 11 others for 30th after carding a 1-under 71 this afternoon. Spiewak shot 36 on the first nine holes then turned in a 35 on the back nine.

A third Bronco from Arizona, Clayton Kosanovich, recorded the third-best score for the Broncos tallying an even-par 72 on round one. Unfortunately, the Scottsdale native is playing as an individual at this competition so his score does not count toward the team total.

Rounding out the team scoring for Boise State were Taeksoo Kim with a 1-over 73 (37-36), Taylor Porter at 4-over 76 (39-37) and Chris Byrne with a 5-over 77 (41-36).

The second round of the Denver Desert Shootout will be staged Friday morning, beginning by tee times at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain) from the first and 10th tees. The Broncos will start at the 10th hole and will be paired with the University of Wyoming and their host the University of Denver. 

Day One Summary

Denver Desert Shootout
March 17, 2011
Goodyear, Ariz.
Palm Valley Golf Course (Par 72 - 7,015 yards)
Host: University of Denver

Individual Results (Top Five and Boise State)
T1.    Carlos Ortiz, North Texas (66, -6)
T1.    Zachary Blair, BYU (66, -6)
T1.    Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma (66, -6)
T1.    Cameron Edens, BYU (66, -6)
T5.    Jeff Evans, So. Utah (67, -5)
T5.    Tom Lathrop, Iowa St. (67, -5)
T5.    Ben Geyer, St. Mary’s (67, -5)

T8.    Charlie Marusiak, Boise St. (68, -4)
T30.    Scott Spiewak, Boise St. (71, -1)
T41.    *Clayton Kosanovich, Boise St. (72, E)
T53.    Taeksoo Kim, Boise St. (73, +1)
T81.    Taylor Porter, Boise St. (76, +4)
T83.    Chris Byrne, Boise St. (77, +5)
          * = playing as individual

Team Results

1.    Oklahoma (274, -14)
2.    TCU (276, -12)
T3.    Saint Mary’s (CA) (277, -11)
T3.    Brigham Young (277, -11)
T3.    Iowa State (277, -11)
6.    North Texas (280, -8)
7.    Tulsa (281, -7)
T8.    VCU (282, -6)
T8.    Southern Utah (282, -6)
10.    Wyoming (283, -5)
11.    Boise State (288, E)
12.    Denver (291, +3)
13.    Houston (292, +4)
14.    Northern Colorado (293, +5)
15.    Northern Iowa (300, +12)

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