2009 WAC Championship follows Monday-Wednesday in Henderson, Nevada.
► What’s Happening
This week Boise State men’s golf hits the road for the PING Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. This year’s tournament hosted by Brigham Young University will be played Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, at the Riverside Country Club in Provo. The Broncos are among 15 other schools competing for the title which was won by WAC member New Mexico State last season. The Classic will serve as a warm-up for next week’s Western Athletic Conference Championship in Henderson, Nev., April 27-29. Note, there will be no live scoring on the web for the PING Cougar Classic.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Bronco lineup for the PING Cougar Classic will feature the same base group they have had all season beginning with senior Scott Loewen (72.3 stroke average) who will be playing at the number one position, junior John Baranco (75.0 average) stays at the two. Meanwhile, freshman Blake Brown (73.7 average) will play the third position, followed by junior Robbie Richards (75.1 average) at the four and senior Kevin Tarango (78.7 average) at the fifth spot. This group will also make-up the roster for next week’s WAC tournament, however, the order may change depending on the results from the Classic.
► The Tournament Format
The format for this 54-hole tournament calls for three rounds of 18 holes each. The first two rounds will be played on Friday, April 24, followed by the third and final round on Saturday morning. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. (Mountain) each day with everyone starting at either the number one or 10th tee (no shot gun start).
► The Tournament Course
The 2009 PING Cougar Classic is being held at Provo’s Riverside Country Club. The club features a competition 6,902 yard par 72 course.
► The Tournament Field
There will be over 75 individuals representing 14 NCAA Division I programs and one Division II squad at this year’s tournament. The field competing against the Broncos includes: the host BYU Cougars, four Western Athletic Conference rivals in Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah State, as well as, Air Force, BYU-Hawaii (DII), Colorado State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State and Wyoming. Boise State has gone 17-14-1 versus members of this field during the 2008-09 season.
► Last Time Out For the Broncos
Last time out Boise State competed at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 6-7. The Broncos finished in the middle of the pack against a strong field placing tied for 11th out of 20 teams carding a 868 (+28) during the three day event. Senior Scott Loewen led the Broncos recording his best finish ever at Boise State placing tied for seventh with a team-best 2-under 208.
► Quick Turn Around
The Broncos will have a quick turn around on Saturday as they will head south to Henderson, Nev., directly following the conclusion of the PING Cougar Classic that afternoon. The 2009 Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship will take place in a neutral city for the first time when the WAC and Utah State co-host the event at Henderson’s Rio Secco Golf Club Monday-Wednesday, April 27-29. The Broncos took second place at the WAC last season.