Broncos Set to Participate in 2007 PING Cougar Classic

What’s Happening The Boise State University men’s golf team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the 2007 PING Cougar Classic Apr. 20-21.


The event will be hosted by BYU at the 7,001-yard, par 72 Riverside Country Club. This will be the final tournament for the Broncos before the Western Athletic Conference Championships Apr. 30-May 2, at Reno, Nev. The PING Cougar Classic will open with 36-holes, Friday, beginning with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The second day will feature the final 18-holes and is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., on the first and 10th tees.


The Field Six members of the WAC will be competing in the event as Boise State fine tunes its game in preparation for the conference championships. In addition to Boise State other members of the WAC playing in the tournament include Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico State and Utah State. The rest of the tournament field will be rounded out by BYU, Air Force, UC Davis, Colorado State, Denver, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, UTEP, Utah, Utah Valley State, Weber State and Wyoming.


The Players The Boise State golf team will send five players to the PING Cougar Classic; juniors Troy Merritt, Matt Hastings and Scott Loewen in addition to freshman John Baranco and Robbie Richards.


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 71.9 strokes per round 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. Throughout the season, Merritt has collected seven top 25 appearances and five top 10 finishes. At the Belmont Intercollegiate Merritt shot an 8-under, 63 in the opening round en route to a fifth place finish.


Hasting finished tied for fifth at the 2007 Ron Moore Invitational with a 9-under, 207 for his season-best score and finish. With the fifth place finish, Hastings moved into sole possession of 10th place on the list of all-time top 25 finishes in Boise State history with 13. Hastings also moved into a tie for seventh on the all-time top 10 finishes list with six. He is averaging 74.4 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. Hastings has averaged 70.2 strokes per round over his last six.


Loewen is averaging 77.9 strokes per round during seven tournaments. He recorded a career-best 70 (-2) in the second round of the Braveheart Classic as he assisted in the Broncos’ 21-stroke turn around. Loewen has registered three rounds at par or below on the year.


Baranco has participated in three tournaments for the Broncos, where he has averaged 73.4 shots per round. At the Belmont Intercollegiate, Baranco shot a 4-under, 209 to finish tied for 12th at the event. Baranco also bested his low-round score by four strokes when he shot a 69(-2) in the first and third rounds of the event. Baranco has finished second in scoring for Boise State in his previous two tournaments (the Fresno State Lexus Classic and the Belmont Intercollegiate).


Richards has participated in five tournaments and is averaging 79.4 strokes per round. He recorded his career-low in the second round of the Thunderbird Invitational, 70 (-2).

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