Santa Barbara, Calif. Boise State University golfer Troy Merritt tied the OGIO Pacific Coast Intercollegiate record by shooting a 14-under 199 to win the tournament, Tuesday, Apr. 1, at the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Merritt led wire-to-wire at the OGIO Pacific Coast Intercollegiate as he captured his fourth victory of the 2007-08 season, tying a school record. Merritt opened the tournament by registering a 66 (-5) before shooting a 68 (-3) in the second and closing out with a 65 (-6) in the final round to win the tournament by eight strokes.
This was the second consecutive tournament victory for Merritt who captured the individual title at the Ron Moore Invitational with a school-record 200 (-16), Mar. 21-23. Merritt now leads the country in scoring with a 69.4 stroke per round average.
Aided by Merritt’s 65 (-6), the Broncos put on a charge in the third round to register a 284 (E) and move into a tie for second place in the 12-team with Cal Poly at 875 (+23). Boise State (N0. 109) also knocked off Loyola Marymount (No. 73) and Santa Barbara (No. 89) which were ranked higher in the Golfweek standings.
John Baranco posted a 226 (+13) to finish tied for 27th place.
Matt Hastings and Kevin Tarango tied for 40th place with a 14-over 227. Hastings posted a 69 (-2) in the third round to record the lowest round among Bronco golfers with the exception of Merritt.
Drew Surmeier rounded out the scoring for Boise State as he tied for 73rd place with a 241 (+28).
Boise State University Head Men’s Golf Coach Kevin Burton will be hosting the team’s annual fund raiser, the Broncos’ Two-Man Championship, Apr. 14, at Crane Creek Golf Course in Boise, Idaho.
OGIO Pacific Coast Intercollegiate
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Mar. 31-Apr. 1
Boise State Individuals 1. Troy Merritt (66-68-65-199, -14), T37. John Baranco (77-73-76-226, +13), T40. Matt Hastings (76-82-69-227, +14), T40. Kevin Tarango (79-74-74-227, +14), T73. Drew Surmeier (78-79-84-241, +28).
Top Teams 1. Cal State Northridge (282-286-287-855, +3), T2. Boise State (297-294-284-875, +23), T2. Cal Poly (299-288-288-875, +23), 4. Santa Barbara (288-295-304-887, +35), 5. Loyola Marymount (295-300-293-888, +36), 6. Cal State Bakersfield (295-297-301-893, +41), 7. Sacramento State (297-301-296-894, +42), 8. Long Beach State (305-298-297-900, +48), 9. San Francisco (305-302-305-912, +60), UC Riverside (306-298-309-913, +61), 11. Weber State (305-307-314-926, +74), 12. Idaho State (303-317-311-931, +79).