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Boise State off to Final WAC Championship Tournament

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Quick Facts
The Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship
Dates: May 2-4, 2011
Location: Henderson, Nevada
Host Course: Rio Secco Golf Club (Par 72 - 7,313 yards)
Live Scoring: www.WACSports.com

 

► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s men’s golf team will compete in its final Western Athletic Conference championship this week at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. The Broncos will be one of nine teams competing in the 50th edition of the WAC tournament which runs Monday through Wednesday. The Club Glove WAC Men’s Golf Championship will be the final regular-season competition for Boise State this year.

► Boise State’s Roster
Representing the Broncos at the WAC championship will be junior Scott Spiewak opening at the number one position, followed by sophomore Taeksoo Kim, junior Taylor Porter, redshirt-sophomore Charlie Marusiak and sophomore Clayton Kosanovich. Both Kim and Kosanovich played in last year’s WAC championship event and are the only members of this year’s championship roster with experience at this competition.

► Championship Preview
(Courtesy of WACSports.com) New Mexico State is the three-time defending champion after winning last year at Rio Secco by seven strokes over Nevada.  Idaho leads the WAC in scoring average with 287.9 strokes per round with Fresno State in second (291.9).  Last year’s individual champion, Tim Madigan of New Mexico State, returns and leads the WAC in scoring with a 71.67 stroke average.  Madigan is one of six individuals from the WAC who have claimed titles this year as Idaho’s Damian Telles and Matt Rawitzer, San Jose State’s Mark Hubbard and New Mexico State’s Joon Heui Lee and Gaston De La Torre have all won tournaments.

► Boise State’s History at Championship
Boise State has taken part in the nine previous WAC tournaments, 2002-2010, with a top result of second-place at the 2008 event which was held at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, Calif. The Broncos also placed third at the 2007 championship. The top individual performance by a Bronco at the WAC tournament was by current PGA Tour member Troy Merritt who won the individual WAC title at the 2008 championship with a 7-under 209.

Last year Boise State placed seventh in the team competition with a 904 (+40), while the top individual result was by former Bronco Blake Brown who placed tied for 22nd with a 6-over 222. The two returning Broncos competing in this year’s championship are Taeksoo Kim who placed tied for 31st with a 13-over 229 and Clayton Kosanovich who shot 17-over 233 to place tied for 38th. 

► Tournament Information

The WAC championship will feature the typical five-person squads with the top-four scores per round counting towards the team tally. The competition format for this event calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over three days. The teams will open the competition this Monday followed by the second round on Tuesday and final 18 on Wednesday. Each day will start by tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain) from the number one tee. Boise State is scheduled to be in the first group to tee off on Monday and will be paired with the University of Hawai’i and Utah State University, pairings will then be set by scores for the final two rounds.

► The Championship Field

This is the Western Athletic Conference championship and as a result only the nine member schools will participate in the event. The competing schools include: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. There will be a total of 45 golfers competing for the team and individual titles.

► The Host Course

Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., will serve as the host course for this event for the third year in a row. The course was designed and built in 1997 by golf course architect Rees Jones. The course lays at the foothills of the Black Mountain Range 13.5 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Rio Secco can play to over 7,400 yards and be very difficult. It features six holes through steep canyons, six holes on a plateau overlooking the city and six holes in a broad desert wash.