Boise State Finishes Fourth, Merritt Fifth at Belmont Intercollegiate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Boise State University men’s golf team shot a 279 (-5) in the final round of the Belmont Intercollegiate at the Old Natchez Country Club to finish in fourth place with an 8-under 844.

The Broncos rebounded strongly with its 5-under performance Tuesday to cap off the 9-team event. The team slipped into a tie for fifth place after firing a 289 (+5) in round two after the team had been in second place with a 276 (-8) through round one. This is the best finish in relation to par for Boise State since finishing 16-under (836) at the District VII Shootout.

Troy Merritt led the Broncos with an 8-under 205 to finish in fifth place as he collected his second straight top 5 finish and third in his last five events. Merritt began the tournament by tying the course and tournament single round record of 63 (-8). His score also placed him one stroke off the Boise State record which Merritt set at the District VII Shootout and shares with Chris Clark at 9-under 62. Merritt also moves into a tie for sixth place on the Broncos’ all-time top 10 finishes list with five.

John Baranco posted career-best scores for a round and for a tournament at the Belmont Intercollegiate en route to his highest collegiate finish, a tie for 12th place. Baranco bested his previous low-round score by four strokes as he posted a 4-under 69 in the first and third rounds. The 209 (-4) registered by Baranco is the first time he finished a tournament below par and is 13 strokes better than his previous career-best of 222 (+6) that he recorded at the Santa Clara Invitational in Oct. 2006.

Matt Hastings finished in a tie for 29th place at 214 (+1) after he shot a 69 (-2) in the final round to move up 14 places. Hastings remained consistent throughout the tournament for Boise State registering a 73 (+2) in round one, a 72 (+1) in round two and a 69 (-2) in round three to register three contributing scores for Boise State.

Freshman Chris Byrne also rewrote his personal records as he shot a 216 (+3) to finish tied for 37th. The 71 (E) Byrnes registered in the first and third rounds bested his previous career-low of 73 (+2) which he set at the District VII Shootout by two strokes. His tournament score of 216 (+3) was six strokes better than the 222 (+9) he shot at the District VII Shootout.

Shawn Tonkin rounded out the scoring for the Broncos with his 231 (+18) to finish in sole possession of 59th place.

In the final tune-up before the Western Athletic Conference Championships, Boise State will participate in the BYU Cougar Invitational Apr. 20-21, at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Belmont Intercollegiate
Old Natchez Country Club
Apr. 2-3, 2007

Boise State Individuals: 5. Troy Merritt (63-72-70-205, -8), T12. John Baranco (69-71-69-209, -4), T29. Matt Hastings (73-72-69-214, +1), T37. Chris Bryne (71-74-71-216, +3), 59. Shawn Tonkin (78-74-79-231, +18).

Top Teams: 1. Austin Peay (271-274-279-824, -28), 2. Akron (282-277-276-835, -17), 3. Tennessee Tech (285-276-277-838, -14), 4. Boise State (276-289-279-844, -8), 5. Morehead State (282-283-280-845, -7), 6. Indian Hills CC (292-274-280-846, -6), 7. Belmont (277-277-301-855, +3) 8. Tennessee-Martin (284-289-292-865, +13), 9. Lipscomb (286-292-304-882, +30).

Top Individuals: 1. Blake Sattler, Akron, (70-63-67-200, -13), 2. Justin Metzger, Austin Peay, (65-67-69-201, -12), 3. Barrett Steakley, Tenn. Tech., (72-67-64-203, -10), 4. Colin Clemente, Akron (67-69-68-204, -9), 5. Troy Merritt, Boise State, (63-72-70-205, -8).


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