Blake Brown returns to hometown for Wyoming Cowboy Classic.► What’s Happening
This week will be a homecoming for Boise State freshman Blake Brown who will be one of five Broncos competing at the seventh annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Brown grew up in Scottsdale and is a 2008 graduate of Horizon High School. It has been two weeks since Boise State was last in action when they placed ninth out of 14 teams at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., March 19-21. This week the Broncos will take on 21 other NCAA Division I teams at the Walking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale where the University of Wyoming is hosting this year’s classic April 6-7, Monday-Tuesday. Boise State alumnus Troy Merritt was last year’s Classic individual champion recording an 8-under-par 202.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Broncos will keep the same tournament roster for the Classic that they had at the Desert Shootout. However, senior Scott Loewen (72.7 stroke avg.) will be playing at the number one position rather than the three, junior John Baranco (75.0 avg.) stays at the two. Meanwhile hometown favorite, freshman Blake Brown (73.3 avg.) moves from the one spot to the third for this event, followed by junior Robbie Richards (75.3 avg.) at the four and sophomore Chris Byrne (77.2 avg.) at the fifth position. This group combined for a team score of 3-under-par 861 last time out, Boise State’s second event this season where they finished below par.
► The Tournament Format
The format for this 54-hole tournament calls for three rounds of 18 holes each. The first two rounds will be played on Monday, April 6, followed by the third and final round on Tuesday morning.
► The Tournament Course
The 2009 Wyoming Cowboy Classic is being held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The club features two different 18-hole courses, the tournament will be played on the North Course which is setup as a Par 70 and spans 7,133 yards for this event.
Course profile by ArizonaGolfer.net - The links-style North Course is a refreshing minimalist design that features wide fairways void of any trees, strategic bunkering, native grasses and unobstructed views. The North Course, which is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offers players the chance to run their shots. The greens are open, the fairways wide, and the roughly carved bunkers look as if they’ve been there for hundreds of years. Golfweek selected the North Course 82nd among America’s 100 Best Modern Courses for 1999. For more information about the course please visit the Talking Stick Golf Club’s web site at: www.talkingstickgolfclub.com.
► The Tournament Field
There will be over 100 individuals representing 22 NCAA Division I programs at this year’s tournament. The field competing against the Broncos includes: the host Wyoming Cowboys, three Western Athletic Conference rivals in Fresno State, Idaho and San Jose State, as well as, Arizona, Gonzaga, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Oregon State, San Diego, San Diego State, Southern Utah, Texas, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Pacific (CA), Utah, UTEP, Weber State and Western Carolina.