Loewen rallies with 2-under-par 70 to move up six positions into a tie for 17th.
HENDERSON, Nevada (4/29/2009) Boise State’s men’s golf team turned in their best round at the Western Athletic Conference Championship on the final day of competition in Henderson, Nev., Wednesday afternoon. The Broncos combined for a third round score of 301 (+13) as they finish in eighth place at the league tournament. Senior Scott Loewen finished his Bronco career by tying for 17th when he carded a 2-under-par 70 this afternoon giving him a grand total of 223 (+7), 14 strokes out of first place.
In the team competition New Mexico State won its second-consecutive conference title by holding off Fresno State with a final total of 6-over 870, the Bulldogs were one stroke back at 7-over 871. Boise State shaved 16 strokes off yesterday’s total today finishing with a 925 (+61) overall. New Mexico State’s Travis Reid won this year’s individual title with a 7-under 209. Boise State alum Troy Merritt won last year’s individual honor.
Scott Loewen carded the best score on Wednesday for Boise State with a 2-under-par 70. That was the lone round under par for the Broncos during the three-day event. The senior playing in his final tournament for Boise State finished strong after recording a 75 (+3) on Monday and a 78 (+6) yesterday. Overall, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native tallied a team-best 7-over 223 during the championship to end in a three-way tie for 17th, his eighth top-25 result of the year. Entering the final day in 23rd place, Loewen opened strong with a 2-under on the front nine before going even on the back half. Loewen had a team-high five (tied) birdies today to go with 11 pars. This marks the fifth time this season that he led the team with the low score, also recorded second-best scores three times in 10 tournaments. The Canadian ends his career having played in 19 tournaments for the Broncos after transferring in 2006 as a junior from Odessa Junior College in Texas where he was an All-American the preceding year.
The next three Broncos were all bunched within two strokes of each other when the competition ended. John Baranco led the threesome by rebounding from a pair of rough rounds the first two days with a solid even-par 72 this afternoon. The Boisean finished the WAC Championship with a tournament total of 17-over 233 to tie for 32nd. He recorded a 2-under on the front nine and a 2-over on the back nine to close out the day. The junior matched Loewen’s five birdie total while adding nine pars during the final session. This marks the sixth time this season that he finished in the top-two on the Boise State roster during a tournament. Baranco will return next year as the most experienced player on the squad with a team-best 28 competitions to his credit, played in all 11 this season.
Robbie Richards followed a team-best 73 (+1) during the second round yesterday with an 11-over 83 today. The junior from Australia went 4-over on the first nine holes this afternoon before going 7-over on the back nine. He finished the conference tournament with an 18-over 234 to place 34th. Richards placed in the top-three for Boise State during seven-of-11 competitions this year. He returns next year with 23 tournaments behind him which makes the senior to be the second-most experienced member of the squad.
Blake Brown was the third member of the threesome bunched together at the WAC Championship. The freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., finished the competition with a 19-over 235 putting him in three-way tie for 35th. This afternoon he carded a 4-over 76 to go with a team-best 74 (+2) on Monday and an 85 (+13) yesterday. Brown was consistent today with the exception of one hole where he stumbled a bit. He was 1-over on the first nine before recording a 3-over on the back nine. The 11th hole was the lone road bump for the freshman today with a plus-four. Otherwise he was solid carding two birdies and a team-high 13 pars. Brown was one of four Broncos to compete in every tournament (11) this season. He will return next year as one of the team’s leaders in experience.
Rounding out the roster for Boise State was senior Kevin Tarango who tallied a 92 (+20) during the final round. He finished his final competition as a Bronco with a 250 (+34). Overall, Tarango competed in 11 competitions for Boise State after transferring from Fresno City College as a junior in 2007.
The Western Athletic Conference Championship concludes Boise State’s 2008-09 campaign.
Final Tournament Summary
Western Athletic Conference Championship
April 29, 2009
Hosted by: Utah State University
Rio Secco Golf Club (Par 72; 7,332 yards)
Boise State Results: T17. Scott Loewen (75-78-70223, +7); T32. John Baranco (80-81-72233, +17); 34. Robbie Richards (78-73-83234, +18); T35. Blake Brown (74-85-76235, +19); 44. Kevin Tarango (82-88-92262, +34).
Team Results: 1. New Mexico State (282-301-287870, +6); 2. Fresno State (287-300-284871, +7); 3. Idaho (288-301-287876, +12); 4. Utah State (293-303-295891, +27); 5. Nevada (295-301-296892, +28); 6. San Jose State (292-306-297895, +31); 7. Louisiana Tech (296-317-293906, +42); 8. Boise State (307-317-301925, +61); 9. Hawaii (306-327-312945, +81).
Top Five Individuals: 1. Travis Reid, NMSU (67-73-69209, -7); 2. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State (67-75-70212, -4); 3. Jay Myers, SJSU (70-74-71215, -1); T4. Jarred Bossio, Idaho (71-73-72216, E); T4. Gaston De La Torre, NMSU (74-71-71-216, E).