Merritt Continues to Roll; Wins Fourth Consecutive Tournament

Provo, Utah Troy Merritt of the Boise State University men’s golf team earned his fourth consecutive tournament victory as he posted an 8-under 208, to win the PING Cougar Classic Saturday, Apr. 19.


Merritt entered the final round of play tied for second place, two strokes off the leaders with a 138 (-6). Merritt battled howling winds and adverse conditions throughout the third round but was undeterred en route to the title as he tied for third-best round of the day with a 2-under 70, to win the PING Cougar Classic by two strokes.


Merritt has now recorded an NCAA-leading six tournament victories this season while leading the nation in scoring average at 69.2. With the victory, Merritt moved into second place in Boise State history in both career top 10 finishes with 14 and season top 10 finishes with eight.


Matt Hastings registered a 216 (E) to tie for 18th place at the tournament and move into second place in the Broncos’ all-time list for career top 25 finishes with 20. Hastings was amongst the leaders throughout the tournament as he posted a 71 (-1) in the first round, a 72 (e) in the second and a 73 (+1) in the third.


John Baranco tied for second-lowest round at the tournament as he posted a 67 (-5) in the second round. The score matched his season-low which he set in the third round of the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate. At the PING Cougar Classic, Baranco recorded a 218 (+2) to finish tied for 26th place.


The Broncos finished in sole possession of sixth place in the 14-team tournament with a 2-over 866. The team was tied for sixth place after both the first and second rounds before securing the spot with a 295 (+7) in the final round. Boise State finished five strokes in front of seventh place Utah.


Robbie Richards tied for 61st with a 225 (+9) and Tyler McDougall finished 77th with a 237 (+21) to round out the scoring for Boise State.


The team will now await the Western Athletic Conference Championships Apr. 28-30, in San Jose, Calif.,  



PING Cougar Classic

Apr. 18-19

Provo, Utah


Boise State Individuals 1. Troy Merritt (70-68-70-208, -8), T18. Matt Hastings (71-72-73-216, E), T26. John Baranco (74-67-77-218, +2), T61. Robbie Richards (72-78-75-225, +9), 77.Tyler McDougall (79-77-81-237, +21).


Top Teams 1. New Mexico State (847, -17), T2. BYU (858, -6), T2. Washington State (858, -6), 4. Saint Mary’s (-860, -4), 5. New Mexico (864, E), 6. Boise State (866, +2), 7. Utah (871, +7), 8. Air Force (873, +9), 9. Wyoming (878, +14), 10. Weber State (879, +15), 11. Idaho State (881, +17), 12. Utah Valley State (882, +18), 13. Utah State (889, +25), 14. Sacramento State (892, +28).


Top Individuals 1. Troy Merritt, Boise State, (70-68-70-208, -8), T2. Nick Ellis, Washington State, (69-67-74-210, -6), T2. Austin Hurt, Washington State, (69-69-72-210, -6), 4. Brad Nicholson, BYU, (68-74-69-211, -5), T5. Three golfers tied for fifth place.



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