Broncos Await First Tournament of the Fall

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s golf team will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to compete in the Oregon State Classic, Sept. 17-18.


The tournament will be held at the Trysting Tree Golf Club and will feature 36 holes the first day with a shotgun start beginning at 8:45 a.m. (PT). The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday, Sept. 18, with the traditional style tee off beginning at 7:45 a.m. (PT).


The Field - The tournament will feature 10 teams including Boise State, Oregon, UC Irvine, Washington State, Idaho, Idaho State, UC Riverside, Fresno State, Portland, and host Oregon State.


“We are really excited for this tournament,” said coach Kevin Burton. “We have been training hard all summer and right out of the gate we have the chance to compete against teams in our region.”


Boise State will need to show its strength and skill against regional foes this season as the team attempts to reach its goal of being selected to participate in the NCAA West Regional Championship May 15-17, at Bremerton, Wash.


The Players - Boise State returns all its starters to a team that finished third at the 2006 WAC Championships. The team will be led by seniors Matt Hastings and Troy Merritt. Joining the veterans at the tournament will be sophomores John Baranco and Chase Cochran along with freshman Tyler McDougall.


Merritt, a first-team All-WAC selection in 2006, placed himself throughout the Boise State record book in his first season with the team. Merritt ranks third in season scoring average at 71.9 strokes per round, set the Boise State single round conference championship score with a 66 (-6) and tied for the low round in Bronco history with a 62 (-9) at the District VII Shootout. Merritt also captured the individual title at the Ron Moore Invitational.


Hastings is a three-year starter for Boise State holds a career scoring average of 73.6 and is tied for seventh on the Bronco’s list of career top 25 finishes with 15. He posted his career low round at the Purple and Red Invitational with a 67 (-5) in the final round. Hastings is also tied for seventh on the Bronco’s all-time list for career top 10 finishes with 6.


Baranco appeared in only five tournaments for Boise State last season but that did not deter him from making a name for himself. He posted three top 25 finishes for the Broncos in the five tournaments including a seventh place finish at the WAC Championships. Baranco also qualified for the Boise State record books as he averaged 72.9 strokes per round to tie for fifth in season scoring average.


Cochran appeared in the Vandal Classic last season and posted a 225 (+9) including his career low round of 72 (E) in the second round.


McDougall will be appearing in his first collegiate competition when he tees off this weekend.

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