Men's Golf Season Preview
Sept. 7, 2016

Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational -- Sept. 10-11 (Sat.-Sun.)
Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course (Par 72 | 7,461 Yards)
USAF Academy, Colo. | HOST: Air Force
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  • 2016-17 Boise State Men's Golf Schedule

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men's golf will open the 2016-17 campaign this weekend, traveling to the U.S. Air Force Academy for the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played over two days (Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11) at the Eisenhower Golf Club's par-72, 7,461-yard Blue Course.

    The first two rounds will be played Saturday, with the shotgun start scheduled for 8:15 a.m. MT. Sunday's 18-hole final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. MT.

    The Broncos, under third-year head coach Dan Potter, will enter a five-man lineup of senior David Elliott, junior transfer Donny Hopoi, junior Tristan Rohrbaugh and freshmen Connor Johnstone and Mason Schulze into the 15-team draw.

    Also in the draw are host Air Force, Abilene Christian, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, UMKC, UNLV, Utah State, UTEP, Weber State, William & Mary and Wyoming.

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    Boise State returns six golfers from a year ago when the Broncos finished ninth at Mountain West Championships, shooting a team score of 892 (+8) on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. Among the returners, Kyle Mitsunaga finished tied for 22nd with a three-round score of 72-72-73-217 (+1) while Elliott tied for 39th with a score of 75-75-74-223 (+7) and Alex Francois took 50th with a score of 78-79-71-228 (+12).

    Also back this season are juniors Rohrbaugh and Jacob Byer, and sophomore Connor Bell. Rohrbaugh competed in the U.S. Amateur Championship in late August at Oakland Hills Country Club.

    Potter's Take
    "[David and Kyle] have a lot of experience in playing in a bunch of tournaments and in just doing everything right. They're really good guys, easy to get along with, very good students and are great at managing their time and energy. But at the same time they're excited because we have some new guys in the program this year that are pushing them, making them feel a little uncomfortable competitively. And that's what we want, and I think they're excited about that. I think we're going to get the best out of David and Kyle because they see they're going to have to bring it if they're going to be in the lineup, which is where they're used to being. They're also excited that they'll have some teammates who are bringing it right there alongside them."

    "Tristan is a junior that comes back off of maybe the best summer out of anybody, having just played in the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills and having a lot of success in Colorado, which is where we're headed this week. He's excited to compete again, and he has a different sense of maturity about him and is looking forward to an awesome year."

    Joining the roster in 2016-17 are junior Donny Hopoi, a transfer from Dixie State, and the freshman trio of Brian Humphreys, Connor Johnstone and Mason Schulze. Hopoi helped lead the Trailblazers to consecutive Pacific West Conference titles and finished seventh individually at the conference championship tournament last year.

    Humphreys, from Washougal, Wash., is a WIAA 4A champion who has thrice been selected to play in Eddie Hogan Cup matches and twice has been a Junior Americas Cup selection. Johnstone, a local product from Caldwell, captured the Idaho 5A state title in 2014, and this past year represented Idaho at both the Junior Americas Cup and Eddie Hogan Cup. Schulze, from Poway, Calif., was an All-CIF first-team pick and finished ninth at the 2015 CIF State Championships. He has twice qualified to play at the Callaway Junior World Championship.

    Potter's Take
    "Donny Hopoi has definitely made his impact felt already in practice and qualifying. He's got tremendous talent and I know he's excited to get rolling. He has experience, at the Division II level at Dixie State, but he had a lot of success there and he has high expectations for himself. He's also become a natural leader. His game has definitely turned some heads among our group."

    "Donny is really talented but also feels that he has something to prove at the Division I level, which is an awesome combination. He hits it far, hits it strong, doesn't have any weaknesses in his game. But at the same time he feels he has something to prove, and he has an opportunity here over two years to play in some higher-profile tournaments and show what he's capable of."

    "We have three freshmen who are very seasoned, experienced players. They have high expectations for themselves and this program over the course of their four years, but they're ready to compete right now. Across the board, Mason Schulze and Connor Johnstone will be in the mix in our first tournament but Brian Humphreys is going to be ready to go when he gets his chance."

    Boise State will compete in 13 events this season, beginning this weekend at Air Force and continuing at least into the Mountain West Championships, scheduled for April 21-23 in Tucson, Ariz. Following this weekend's action in Colorado, the Broncos' fall season will be rounded out at the Mark Simpson Invitational in Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 26-27), the Ogio Utah Invitational in Park City, Utah (Oct. 3-4), the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. (Oct. 27-29), and the Ka'Anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational in Maui (Nov. 3-5).

    Potter's Take
    "We've got four new guys on the roster and early on this year we're making a conscious effort not to compare anything to last year. We've got a good group of guys, an opportunity with a bunch of good tournaments on our schedule. We want to have the best year that we possibly can. We've got a group that could stack up pretty well in the Mountain West Conference and even in the West region. This is a talented bunch that even in the first two weeks of school has pushed each other, and they have high expectations for themselves. We're going to tee it up at Air Force knowing that if we play our best, we have a chance to win. We're going to have that going into several tournaments this year."

    "We started our season Aug. 22 when school started, so there's not a lot of time compared to other sports to prepare and get game-ready, so to speak. So right now we're really seeing the guys who have worked the hardest and played the best all summer long get ready for this first tournament. I do think we're as ready as we've ever been to compete in my time here. I think right now they're a little bit curious about how good they are because they know they're playing better, practicing well, and are anxious to see how that stands up against some good competition. We're just going to take it one week, one day at a time. We have a lot of potential, but potential is just that. These guys have to go out and get better every day, individually, and that's what's going to help this team. We coach every guy different, every guy has different things that they need to work on, but we've been watching them play over the last two weeks and getting some ideas to build off of as the season goes on. And this is a close group, they're excited to have success together, which is the biggest thing we try to focus on: guys who want to play for each other and play well for each other."


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