Loewen Records Fifth Top-25 Finish as Broncos Take Ninth Place at Desert Shootout?

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (3/21/09) Senior Scott Loewen carded a one-under- par 71 during the final round of the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., to lead the Broncos to a ninth place finish overall. Boise State struggled in today’s final round tallying an eight-over-par 296 as the Broncos finished with a three-day total of 861 (-3). The University of Denver won its own event with a 829 (-35) to finish one stroke ahead of Tulsa in second with an 830 (-34).

Scott Loewen was consistent for Boise State throughout the three-day tournament recoding three rounds under par for the first time in his Bronco career. The senior turned in a 69 (-3) on Thursday followed by two days at 71 (-1). The Winnipeg, Manitoba native finished the competition with a five-under-par 211 to finish in a six-way tie for 16th. He moved up two spots today after entering the final round tied for 19th.

Chris Byrne turned in the second-best round for Boise State today firing a one-over-par 73 to finish the tournament with a 228 (+12).

John Baranco, Blake Brown, and Robbie Richards all struggled during the final round in Arizona after entering the day with two-round scores under par. Baranco recorded a four-over-par 76 during the final session to give him a final mark of even-par 216 which tied him with four others for 37th place.

Brown matched Baranco’s third round score of 76 (+4) as he finished in a six-way tie for 51st with a three-over-par 219. Junior Robbie Richards rounded out Boise State’s afternoon with a five-over-par 77 as he finished tied with Brown for 51st.

Next up for Boise State is the Cowboy Classic April 6-7 at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by the University of Wyoming.


Final Tournament Summary

Desert Shootout
Host: University of Denver
Goodyear, Ariz.
Palm Valley Golf Club
Par 72 7,015

Boise State Results:  T16. Scott Loewen (69-71-71--211, -5); T37. John Baranco (70-70-76--140, E); T51. Blake Brown (73-70-76--219, +3); T51. Robbie Richards (71-71-77--219, +3); 79. Chris Byrne (82-73-73--228, +12).

Team Results:  1. Denver (271-277-281--829, -35); 2. Tulsa (275-281-274--830, -34); 3. Coastal Carolina (278-277-283--838, -26); 4. Kansas (282-279-279--840, -24); 5. Kansas State (287-276-282--845, -19); 6. Iowa State (287-282-282--851, -13); T7. Air Force (278-290-287--855, -9); T7. Southern Utah (278-292-285--855, -9); 9. Boise State (283-282-296--861, -3); 10. Nebraska (290-289-283--862, -2); 11. Missouri State (294-289-292--875, +11); 12. Northern Iowa (293-290-300--883, +19); 13. Cleveland State (287-296-301--884, +20); 14. Utah Valley (292-300-296--888, +24).

Top-Five Individuals:  1. Tom Whitney, Air Force (64-69-67--200, -16); T2. Zach Byrd, Coastal Carolina (69-69-63--201, -15); T2. Nicolas Geyger, Tulsa (64-73-64--201, -15); 4. Robert Streb, Kansas State (68-69-66--203, -13); 5. Nate Barbee, Kansas (70-67-67--204, -12).

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