Broncos Seek First WAC Men's Golf Championship

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s golf team will be seeking its first ever Western Athletic Conference team championship Apr. 28-30, at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, Calif. 


The 54-hole tournament will feature 18-holes per day with tee times beginning daily at 8:30 a.m. (MT).


The Field All nine members of the WAC sponsor a men’s golf team so the field at the conference championships will include Boise State (No. 102), Fresno State (No. 94), Hawaii (No. 173), Idaho (No. 143), Louisiana Tech (No. 138), Nevada (No. 101), New Mexico State (No. 86), San Jose State (No. 119) and Utah State (N/A).


The Broncos - Boise State is the 102nd ranked team in the country, according to Golfstat, with a 190-99 record. If the Boise State where to win the WAC Championship, the Broncos would receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA West Regional Championship and its first conference title since the 1995-96 Big Sky Championships.   


Boise State posted its best finish of the spring when the team recorded an 875 (+23) to finish tied for second place at the OGIO Pacific Coast Intercollegiate.


In its opening tournament of the 2008 spring season, the Fresno State Lexus Classic, Boise State recorded an even-par 864, to finish eighth place in the 20-team field. In other spring tournaments, the Broncos posted a 24-under 852 to finish in fourth place at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate, finished sixth at the PING Cougar Classic with an 866 (+2) and registered a 12-over 852 to finish ninth at the Cowboy Classic.


The Players Troy Merritt, John Baranco, Matt Hastings, Robbie Richards and Kevin Tarango will be representing Boise State at the WAC Championships.


Troy Merritt earned his fourth consecutive victory as he posted an 8-under 208 at the PING Cougar Classic. He is nationally ranked by both Golfstat (seventh) and Golfweek (21st). Merritt leads the country in individual victories with six, scoring average (69.2), par-3 scoring (2.96) and subpar strokes per round (4.94). He is second in par-4 scoring (3.94) and par-5 scoring (4.55). Last week, Merritt earned WAC Men’s Golfer of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time this season. His four consecutive victories are believed to be an NCAA record, although sources could not confirm it.


Matt Hastings finished second to Merritt at the Ron Moore Invitational with a 10-under 206 for his career-best finish. Hasting is second on the Bronco’s all-time list for career top 25 finishes (20) and fourth in career top 10 finishes (8). Hastings is averaging a career-low 72.4 strokes per round with a low round of 68 (-4). The senior’s name is peppered throughout the Boise State golf record books appearing in categories such as scoring average and career top 10 finishes. He was named the 2005 WAC Freshman of the Year.


Sophomore John Baranco has participated in all 11 tournaments for the Broncos and is averaging 72.6 strokes per round. He finished tied for second place at the Wolf Pack Classic with a career-low 5-under 211. Baranco has posted rounds of par or better in 15 of 31 rounds this year including a low round of 67 (-5) which he posted at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate and the PING Cougar Classic.


Robbie Richards is averaging 75.9 strokes per round over 11 rounds of tournament play. He registered a season-low 72 (E) in the first round of the PING Cougar Classic.


Kevin Tarango is averaging 75.9 strokes per round in five tournaments. He posted a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic for his best score of the season.



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