Broncos Finish First Round of 2007 PING Golf Cougar Classic



PROVO, Utah The Boise State University men’s golf team battled the conditions, cold climate, and the course in the PING Golf Cougar Classic held at the par 72, 7,001 yard Riverside Country Club, to shoot a 304 (+16) in the first round to stand tied for 18th place.


The top score for the Broncos was posted by freshman John Baranco who shot a 36 on the front-nine and a 37 on the back-nine to register a 1-over, 73 and tie for 38th place through one round. His first round score remained consistent with his season average of 73.4 strokes per round. Baranco remains just two strokes out of the top 25.


Matt Hastings is tied for 60th place with a 3-over, 75. Hasting posted a 39 on the front-nine before dropping three strokes and recording a 36 on the back-nine. Last season at the PING Cougar Classic Hastings posted a 71 (-1) in the first and third rounds to finish tied for 45th with a 218 (+2).


Troy Merritt registered a 6-over, 78 in the first round to tie for 85th place. This is just Merritt’s second round over par in his previous eight. The 78 registered in the first round is six strokes above his season average of 71.9 shots per round.


Robbie Richards is also tied for 85th place with a 78 (+6). Richards shot a 39 on both the front and back-nine to record the six-over par. The first round has one stroke better than Richards’ season average of 79.4 strokes per round.


Scott Loewen rounded out the first round scoring for Boise State with a 7-over par 79. He remains just eight strokes out of the top 25 with two rounds to play.


The second round of the 2007 PING Golf Cougar Classic will finish Friday, Apr. 20, with the final round being held Saturday, Apr. 21 with tee time beginning at 8:30, weather permitting.



2007 PING Golf Cougar Classic

Riverside Country Club

Provo, Utah

Apr. 20-21


Boise State Individuals: T38. John Baranco (73, +1), T60. Matt Hastings (75, +3), T85. Troy Merritt (78, +6), T85. Robbie Richards (78, +6), T96. Scott Loewen (79, +7).


Top Teams: 1. BYU (272, -16), T2. UC Davis (282, -6), T2. Nevada (282, -6), 4. NMSU (283, -5), 5. Colorado State (285, -3), 6. Utah (287, -1), 7. Denver (288, E), 8. New Mexico (290, +2), 9. Southern Utah (292, +4), T10. Fresno State (293, +5), T10. UTEP (293, +5), 12. Weber State (294, +6), 13. Hawaii (295, +7), T14. Northern Colorado (297, +9), T14. Utah State (297, +9), 16. Air Force (299, +11), T18. Boise State (304, +16), T18. Utah Valley State (304, +16).


Top Individuals: T1. Travis Reid, NMSU, (66, -6), T1. Jake Ellison, BYU, (66, -6), T3. Daniel Summerhays, BYU, (67, -5), T3. Charlie Beljan, UNM, (67, -5), T3. Robbie Fillmore, BYU, (67, -5), T3. Nick Killpack, BYU, (67, -5).