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► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s men’s golf team opens the 2010-11 campaign this coming week when they participate in Washington State University’s Palouse Cougar Collegiate at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., Monday through Tuesday, Sept. 13-14. The Broncos will be one of 16 teams from 15 schools competing at this event.

► About The Broncos
Boise State features a mixture of experience and youth on this year’s roster. The experience on the squad comes from one senior and three juniors, while the youth includes three sophomores and one freshman. Leading the way for the Broncos will be senior Chris Byrne followed by returning veteran Blake Brown, the top scorer from last year, and two talented JC transfers in Taylor Porter from Spokane Community College in Washington and Scott Spiewak from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. These four should provide solid leadership for the Boise State team this season. The core group of upper classmen are joined by returning sophomores Taeksoo Kim, Clayton Kosanovich and Charlie Marusiak, as well as, freshman Minwoo Park.

► About The Palouse Cougar Collegiate
This is the second year of this event hosted by the Pac-10’s Washington State Cougars on the University owned golf course. It also marks the second-consecutive year that Boise State has opened its campaign at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate finishing eighth out 12 teams in 2009. WSU won the team title last season with a 9-over-par 873, while the Broncos fired a 34-over 898. Current Boise State junior Blake Brown tied with the Cougars’ Kevin Tucker for the individual title last year carding an 8-under 208. 

► The Tournament Format For Palouse Cougar Collegiate
The squad format for this event features five-man teams, top-four scores per round count towards team total. The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds, 54 holes, of stroke play staged over two days. The first and second rounds will be played on Monday, Sept. 13, followed by the final round on Tuesday. The event is scheduled to start daily by tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. (Mountain).

► The Host Course
The Palouse Collegiate is being held at Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge  Golf Club that opened in 2008.  For this competition the Palouse Ridge features a competition course that spans 7,325 yards for a par-72 over 18 holes.  The club was ranked as the second-best new public golf course in the country by Golf Digest (2010) and GolfWeek Magazine (2009).

► The Team Field
The 2010 Palouse Cougar Collegiate will be a solid test for the Broncos to open the season.  It will feature 19 teams from 15 NCAA Division I schools. Among the schools competing  are two members of the Western Athletic Conference in Boise State and Idaho. The remaining 13 schools are: the host Washington State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Portland, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Utah Valley and Weber State. In all there will be over 90 individuals competing for the team and individual titles.

► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Boise State lineup for the Palouse Cougar Collegiate will be highlighted with two new faces on the Bronco roster and three returning veterans.

No. 1 Position - Newcomer Scott Spiewak will open his Boise State career by playing the number one position. The junior is a transfer from South Mountain Community College in Arizona. He has been solid during the preseason to earn the top spot heading into next week.

No. 2 Position -
The Broncos’ lone senior (fifth-year) Chris Byrne will open at the second position at the PCC. The Boise native has played in 16 career tournaments averaging 76.4 strokes per round (spr). Last year Byrne competed in seven events to average 77.0 spr.

No. 3 Position -
Sophomore Charlie Marusiak, a transfer from Regis University in Denver, Colo., will get the nod at the third slot on the tournament roster for Boise State. Like Spiewak, this will mark Marusiak’s Bronco debut as well after redshirting last year. In five tournaments for Regis in 2008-09 he averaged 76.5 spr.

No. 4 Position -
Opening at the number four position will be Blake Brown. The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for the individual honors at this competition last season. He enters the 2010-11 campaign with a team-best career strokes per round average of 73.7 

No. 5 Position -
The final spot on the roster for the Palouse Cougar Collegiate will be sophomore Clayton Kosanovich. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native played in five tournaments as a freshman in 2009-10 averaging 76.6 spr.