Boise State Men's Golf Heads Off to California for Western Intercollegiate...

► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s men’s golf team returns to action this weekend when it competes in the prestigious 64th annual Western Intercollegiate, “The Western,” in Santa Cruz, Calif., this Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. The Broncos will be one of 12 teams competing in the event which is hosted by San Jose State University and is played at the picturesque Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.

► Last Time Out for the Broncos - Denver Desert Shootout
It has been three weeks since the Broncos last competed. They are coming off their top score of the year last time out at the Denver Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., March 18-20, where they shot 871 (+7) to place tied for ninth out of 17 teams. Sophomore Blake Brown led Boise State with a 6-under 210, his second lowest score of the season, to place tied for fifth out of 102 participants.

► About The Western
“The Western Intercollegiate is one of the longest running tournaments in college golf and it’s played on one of the top courses in the United States,” says San Jose State Coach John Kennaday. “We’re able to attract nationally-ranked teams from across the country. Historically, great teams have come to The Western for many, many years. We can draw teams from New England, the Southeast and Midwest, schools in the Sun Belt and all the way to Hawaii.”

Accomplished players who’ve claimed title to The Western include Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobson, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Arron Oberholser, Mark O’Meara, Ken Venturi, and Duffy Waldorf. “There is an incredible list of past Western champions,” stated Kennaday. “It takes a special game to win on an Alister MacKenzie golf course and that has always been the case.” Other standout players whose formative years include competing in The Western at Pasatiempo are Al Geiberger, John Lotz, Roger Maltbie, Bob Rosburg, Dave Stockton, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods.

► The Tournament Format For Western Intercollegiate
The Western is unique in that teams will consist of six players with the lowest five scores counting towards the team total, rather than the four of five model. The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over two days. The first and second rounds will be played on Saturday, April 17, followed by the third round on Sunday. The event is scheduled to begin daily at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain) by shotgun start.

► The Host Course
Pasatiempo Golf Club serves as the host club for The Western and features a picturesque course that is close to the Pacific coast in Santa Cruz. For this competition the club will present a competition course of 6,611 yards for a par 70.

The course was designed by world-renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie. Pasatiempo is a golfer’s dream come true — it is ranked #11 in  Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2008 and ranked #31 in Golf Digest’s 2005 America’s Greatest Public Courses. Golf Digest also named Pasatiempo Golf Club as one of the top 3 courses you can play in California (along with Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill). Golf Magazine ranks Pasatiempo #55 in the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (private and public), up 16 places over the 2005 ranking!  

► The 12-Team Field
The 2010 Western Intercollegiate will arguably be the hardest field in which the Broncos have competed against this year with two top-10 and six top-60 teams according to GolfStat’s April 7th rankings. It will feature 12 NCAA Division I schools with No. 4 UCLA and No. 6 Oregon highlighting the field. Among the 12 teams are four members of the Western Athletic Conference: the host San Jose State, Boise State, Hawaii and New Mexico State. The remaining eight schools are: Arkansas (No. 31), Michigan State, Oregon (No. 6), Oregon State (No. 24), Pacific (Calif.), Tulsa (No. 55), UC Irvine (No. 57) and UCLA (No. 4). In all there will be over 70 individuals competing for the team and individual titles at the 2010 edition of The Western.

► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Boise State lineup for the Western Intercollegiate will be led by Blake Brown playing the number one position. The sophomore leads Boise State on the year averaging 73.5 strokes per round (spr). At the second position will be senior Robbie Richards who has averaged 75 strokes per round in 2009-10. Rounding out the roster are senior John Baranco (75.9 spr) at the three, junior Chris Byrne (76.6 spr) at the four, freshman Taeksoo Kim (75.1 spr) at the five and senior Drew Surmeier (80.8 spr) opening at the sixth position.

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