The Land of Country Music Awaits the Broncos

What’s Happening The Boise State University men’s golf team will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the 2007 Belmont Intercollegiate Apr. 2-3.


The tournament will be held at the par 71, 6,448 yard Old Natchez Country Club. Play will begin with 36-holes, Monday, Apr. 2, and will conclude with the final 18-holes, Tuesday, Apr. 3.


The Field In addition to Boise State and host Belmont the 12-team field will feature Akron, Alabama, Austin Peay, Indian Hills C.C., Morehead State, Siena, UT-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.


The Players The Boise State golf team will send juniors Troy Merritt and Matt Hastings along with freshmen Shawn Tonkin, John Baranco and Chris Byrne.


Merritt collected the first individual title of his Boise State career when he shot a 13-under par, 203, to win the 2007 Ron Moore Invitational by two strokes. He is now averaging 72.8 strokes per round during fall play as he continues to be a leader for the Broncos. He has also registered a 138 (-6) at the Thunderbird Invitational tournament to tie for fourth and lead the Broncos’ comeback. During fall play, Merritt shot a school-record 62 (-9), en route to tying for first place at the District VII Shootout. Merritt collected four top 25 appearances and two top 10 finishes to average 72.0 shots per round in the fall.


Hasting finished tied for fifth at the 2007 Ron Moore Invitational with a 9-under par, 207. Hastings now moves into sole possession of 10th place on the list of all-time top 25 finishes in Boise State history and into a tie for seventh on the all-time top 10 finishes list. He is averaging 75.2 shots per round during the spring. Hastings fired a career best round of 67 at the Purple and Red Invitational in Sept. Hastings led the Broncos at the Braveheart Classic with a 231 (+15) to tie for 18th place.


Tonkin competed in five fall tournaments including tying for 24th at the District VII Shootout where he recorded a career best 70 (-1). Tonkin was also vital in the Broncos rise from 15th place to sixth place as he dropped nine strokes between rounds and recorded a 71 (-1) on the final day. Tonkin is averaging 78.7 strokes per round during spring play.


Baranco finished second on the team at the Fresno State Lexus Classic Mar. 12, when he shot a 230 (+14). At the Santa Clara Invitational in Oct., Baranco finished tied for 20th after registering a 222 (+6) and registered a career-best 73 (+1) in the second round.


Bryne participated in the Fresno State Lexus Classic where he shot a 231 (+15) to finish third on the Boise State squad. Byrne recorded his career-best score in the third round of the District VII Shootout (73, +2).

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