Boise State Finishes Third at WAC Championships

RENO, Nev. The Boise State University men’s golf team set a school-record for low three round score at a conference championships, Wednesday, by registering a 866 (+2) to finish in third place at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted at the Hidden Valley Country Club.

The 866 (+2) recorded at the 2007 WAC Championships topped the 869 (+17) the team posted at the 2004 WAC Championships by three strokes overall and by 15 strokes in relation to par.

Four Broncos finished in the top 25 in scoring lead by freshman John Baranco.

Baranco finished in seventh place with a 1-under, 215.Baranco posted one birdie and three bogies in the final round of play to shoot a 2-over, 74 in round three. Baranco led Boise State at the conference championships with only eight bogies. He also posted 10 birdies to remain among the leaders throughout. In his freshman season Baranco played in five tournaments, averaged 72.9 strokes per round, posted a low round score of 68 (-4) and finished first or second on the Boise State team in scoring in his last four tournaments.

First-Team All-WAC selection Troy Merritt finished tied for eighth place with a 216 (E), for his sixth top 10 finish this season, as he tied for third place on the Boise State all-time list for top 10 finishes a season. At the WAC Championships, Merritt set the school-record for a low round at the conference championships by posting a 66 (-6) in round two. He also led the team in birdies at the conference championship with 12 over the three rounds of golf. On the season he averaged 71.9 strokes per round to rank fourth on the Broncos all-time list and set the school-record for a low-round score with a 62 (-9) at the District VII Shootout.

Chris Byrne posted a 1-over, 217 to finish tied for 12th place. After firing a 68 (-4) in round one and a 71 (-1) in round two he stood among the leaders tied for fourth but he posted a 10-over, 78 to fall into a tie for 12th place. At the conference championships he recorded two eagles, six birdies and 10 bogies to finish 1-over par. He also set a career low-round by shooting the 68 (-4) in round one. He ended the season with one top 25 finish and averaging 74.5 strokes per round.

Matt Hastings finished tied for 22nd place with a 5-over, 221 for his fifth top 25 finish this season. He has also posted 15 top 25 finishes in his career as he moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time Boise State list. On the season he averaged 74.0 strokes per round. At the WAC Championships he registered nine birdies to 11 bogies for his 221 (+5).

Robbie Richards capped off the scoring for Boise State with a 229 (+13) as he finished tied for 39th place. He recorded his best score at the conference championships in the third round when he posted a 4-over, 76. This season Richards averaged 78.5 strokes per round.

Boise State was leading the field after two-and-a-half rounds of play but harsh conditions and high winds caused the team’s score to rise and the Broncos slipped into third place. This is the best finish for a Boise State men’s golf team at the conference championships since finishing in third place at the 1999 Big West Championships.

2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships
Hidden Valley Country Club
Reno, Nev.
Apr. 30 May 2, 2007

Boise State Individuals: 7. John Baranco (68-73-74-215, -1), T8. Troy Merritt (76-66-74-216, E), T12. Chris Byrne (68-71-78-217, +1), T22. Matt Hastings (74-69-78-221, +5), T39. Robbie Richards (75-78-76-229, +13).

Top Teams: 1. Nevada (278-276-306-860, -4), 2. Hawaii (283-284-294-861, -3), 3. Boise State (285-279-302-866, +2), 4. Fresno State (281-285-303-869, +5), T5. NMSU (289-289-295-873, +9), T5. SJSU (301-283-289-873, +9), 7. Louisiana Tech (295-280-302-877, +13), 8. Idaho (296-284-305-885, +21), 9. Utah State (291-296-302-889, +25).

Top Individuals: 1. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State, (66-67-75-208, -8), 2. Devin Daniels, Utah State, (69-66-74-209, -7), 3. Pierre-Henri Soero, Hawaii, (68-72-70-210, -6), 4. Roscoe Valentine, SJSU, (74-69-70-213, -3), T5. Taylor Coffman, Nevada, (69-69-76-214, -2), T5. Travis Toyama, Hawaii, (73-69-72-214, -2).


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