Slow Start Cost Broncos on Day One of the Western Intercollegiate...
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (4/17/2010) - A slow start forced the Boise State University men’s golf team to play catch-up most of the day at the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.  The Broncos find themselves in 11th-place out of 12 teams after two rounds of The Western recording a team score of 747 (+47) on Saturday. This tournament has six players per team competing with the top five scores counting towards the team score. Sophomore Blake Brown recorded a team-best 6-over 146 to lead the Broncos.

Boise State opened the day slow at 26-over on the first nine holes of the day putting them in last place 14 strokes out of 11th. Fortunately, the Broncos regrouped settling down as they slowly clawed back up the standings. By the end of the first round they had moved into 11th-place firing a 28-over 378 passing Western Athletic Conference rival the University of Hawai’i.

The Broncos eventually found themselves tied for ninth-place with nine holes remaining in the second round but dropped off a bit down the stretch to finish the opening day at 47-over 747, good for 11th-place after 36 holes. Boise State shaved nine strokes off its first round score in the second session tallying a 19-over 369 on the last 18 holes of the day. 

The team competition has turned into a two-team race between No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA (rankings are by GolfStat) who have separated themselves from the pack by 22 strokes. Oregon leads after firing an 8-under 692 followed by UCLA with a 6-under 694, Tulsa is third with a 16-over 716.

On the individual side, Blake Brown leads Boise State with a team-low 6-over 146, good for a six-way tie for 31st. The sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., struggled in the first round with a 9-over 79 before rallying to shave 12 strokes of his first round tally with a team-best round of 3-under 67 on the second 18. Brown is 11 strokes back of tournament leader Eugene Wong of the University of Oregon who shot 5-under 135 today.

One stroke back of Brown is senior John Baranco who recorded scores of 72 (+2) and 75 (+5) for a two round tally of 7-over 147 to finishing the opening day in a four-way tie for 37th. Junior Chris Byrne (75-76) and senior Drew Surmeier (77-74) follow with 11-over 151s, while senior Robbie Richards (77-77) and freshman Taeksoo Kim are tied with 14-over 154s. 

Boise State will look to move up the standings when the final round of The Western is played Sunday morning in Santa Cruz.

Day One Summary

Western Intercollegiate
April 17, 2010
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Pasatiempo Golf Club (6,611 yards / Par 70)
Host: San Jose State University

Individual Results (Top-Five and Boise State)
1.    Eugene Wong, Oregon (65-70--135, -5)
T2.    Mike Barry, Oregon State (66-71--137, -3)
T2.    John Chin, UC-Irvine (69-68--137, -3)
T2.    Alex Kim, UCLA (68-69--137, -3)
T2.    Jack Newman, Michigan State (68-69--137, -3)
T31.    Blake Brown, Boise State (79-67--146, +6)
T37.    John Baranco, Boise State (72-75--147, +7)
T54.     Chris Byrne, Boise State (75-76--151, +11)
T54.    Drew Surmeier, Boise State (77-74--151, +11)
T64.    Robbie Richards, Boise State (77-77--154, +14)
T64.    Taeksoo Kim, Boise State (77-77--154, +14)

Team Results
1.     No. 4 Oregon (342-350--692, -8)
2.     No. 5 UCLA (347-347--694, -6)
3.    Tulsa (357-359--716, +16)
4.    UC-Irvine (356-361--717, +17)
5.    San Jose State (360-360--720, +20)
6.    No. 23 Oregon State (359-363--722, +22)
7.    Michigan State (366-359--725, +25)
8.    Pacific (364-363--727, +27)
9.    New Mexico State (368-368--736, +36)
10.    Idaho (366-378--744, +44)
11.    Boise State (378-369--747, +47)
12.    Hawai’i (380-381--761, +61)

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