Boise State Men's Golf Prepares for 2010 Club Glove WAC Championship...
► Quick Facts
Event: Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Championship
Dates: May3-5 (Monday-Wednesday)
Location: Henderson, Nev.
Club: Rio Secco Golf Club
Yardage / Par: 7,332 / 72
Host: New Mexico State University
Live Stats: Available at www.WACSports.com and www.GolfStat.com
► What's Happening
Boise State University's men's golf team is off to the 49th annual Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Championship this coming week in Henderson, Nev. This year's championship will be played May 3-5 at the same site of last year's event, Rio Secco Golf Club. This is the second year that the WAC's title event has been hosted at a neutral site rather than at the host school's home course, New Mexico State University is the official host for the 2010 tournament. All nine WAC schools will be represented at this competition with the winner getting the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals in two weeks.
► Last Time Out for the Broncos - PING Cougar Classic
Boise State competed last weekend, April 23-24, at the PING Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. The Broncos shot a three-round team tally of 888 (+24) to place 13th out of 18 schools. The Broncos were led by freshman Taeksoo Kim with a career-best performance carding a 1-under-par 215 (71-70-74) to place tied for 13th out of 98 participants. He was followed by the senior tandem of John Baranco and Robbie Richards who tied with 7-over 223s.
► Tournament Format For The Club Glove WAC Championship
The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over three days. The first and second rounds will both start at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain) by tee times and be played on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The final round on Wednesday is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. (Mountain) and will also start by tee times. Each team is made up off five players with the top-four scores counting towards the team tally.
► Club Glove WAC Championship Preview
New Mexico State is the two-time defending champion after winning last year at Rio Secco by just one stroke over Fresno State. The Bulldogs lead the WAC in scoring average with 287.9 strokes per round with Nevada in second (289.1). Last year's individual champion, Travis Reid of New Mexico State, graduated, but Fresno State's Grant Doverspike who won in 2007 and was last year's runner-up returns for his final chance to claim a second title. Doverspike's teammate, Bhavik Patel, leads the WAC in scoring with a 71.38 stroke average. Patel is one of six individuals from the WAC who have claimed titles this year as Boise State's Blake Brown, Nevada's Jared Becher and New Mexico State's Ryan Word, Timothy Madigan and Will Holdridge have all won tournaments.
► Bronco History At The WAC Championship
Boise State has had three top-four finishes in the last four seasons at the Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Broncos best finish at this event came in 2008 when they placed second with a 32-over 896 and was powered by Troy Merritt's medalist honors recording a school record 7-under 209 at the competition. Other top-team results were a third-placed finish in 2007 and fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2006. Last year the Broncos placed eighth overall with a 925 (+61), then-senior Scott Loewen recorded the top Bronco score of 7-over 223 to tie for 17th.
► The Host Course
Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., will serve as the host for the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Championship and features a 7,332-yard course, par 72, for this event. The course was designed by Rees Jones. The course rolls across 240 acres of breathtaking scenery and is perched 800 feet above the Las Vegas Valley, Rio Secco combines beauty with challenge. Six holes are played on top of plateaus, six through canyons and six on level terrain. Many holes shoot down, around or over dramatic canyons.
► The Nine-Team Field
The 2010 Club Glove WAC Championship will feature only the nine member schools of the conference with No. 54 Fresno State and No. 77 Nevada highlighting the field. The nine teams competing are the Boise State Broncos, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Idaho Vandals, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Nevada Wolf Pack, two-time defending champion New Mexico State Aggies, San Jose State Spartans and the Utah State Aggies. In all there will be 45 individuals competing for the team and individual titles at the 2010 edition of the tournament.
► Boise State's Tournament Roster
Boise State's lineup for the WAC championship will have Blake Brown opening at the number one position, the sophomore averages a team-best 73.5 strokes per round (spr) this season.
John Baranco is starting at the second spot and averages 75.4 spr in 2009-10. The third position will feature senior Robbie Richards who is the only Bronco to play in every competition this year, he is averaging 74.9 spr.
The final two spots go to freshmen Taeksoo Kim and Clayton Kosanovich who are coming off career performances at last week's PING Cougar Classic. Kim shot a 1-under 215 last time out to finish 13th, the Hawaii native will open at the fourth slot averaging 74.7 spr. Kosanovich shot 12-over 228 at the PING Cougar Classic, he will round out the Bronco roster for the WAC championship playing in the fifth position averaging 76.3 spr.
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