► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s men’s golf team returns to action this coming weekend when the Broncos participate in Santa Clara University’s Cabo Collegiate at Querencia Los Cabos Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Saturday through Monday, Oct. 2-4. The Broncos who are playing in their second tournament of the season will be one of 12 teams at this event.
► What Has Happened Recently
Boise State was ranked No. 119th in the first official team rankings released by GolfStat.com this week, that is an improvement of 35 positions from the last ranking in 2009-10. Last time out Boise State took eighth-place out of 16 teams at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate in Pullman, Wash., Sept. 13-14. The Broncos carded a team score of 1-over 865 to finish 38 strokes behind the winner and tournament host Washington State University Cougars who ran away from the field with a 37-under 827. Leading the way for Boise State were Chris Byrne who had a career performance tying for 10th-place with a 5-under 211. He was followed by Blake Brown who tied for 16th at 2-under 214 and newcomer Scott Spiewak in 30th with a 1-over 217.
► About The SCU Cabo Collegiate
This is the first year of the SCU Cabo Collegiate hosted by the West Coast Conference’s Santa Clara Broncos. Twelve teams will participate in this event that is being held at one of the top golf courses in Mexico according to Golf Digest.
► The Tournament Format For the SCU Cabo 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 three days, Oct. 2-4. The first round will take place on Saturday followed by the second on Sunday and the final 18 on Monday. The event is scheduled to start daily by tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain). Live scoring is available at www.GolfStat.com.
► The Host Course
Golf Digest’s top rated course in Mexico, Querencia Los Cabos Golf Club, will be the site of the Santa Clara University Cabo Collegiate Saturday through Monday, October 2-4. For this competition the club will feature a competition course that spans 7,060 yards for a par-72. The golf club is located on the southern tip of the California Baja peninsula and features picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.
► The Team Field
The SCU Cabo Collegiate will be a solid test for the Broncos featuring nine teams that finished last year ranked in Golfweek’s top-100. It will feature 12 teams from NCAA Division I schools. Boise State is the lone Western Athletic Conference team competing in this event. The remaining 11 schools include the host Santa Clara, as well as, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge, Houston, Lamar, Oregon State, Pacific, Saint Mary’s (CA), Southern Methodist, Texas-Arlington and UC Irvine. In all there will be 60 individuals competing for the team and individual titles.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Boise State lineup for the SCU Cabo Collegiate will resemble the one used for the Palouse Cougar Collegiate with one exception, Taeksoo Kim returns to active status as a member of this week’s tournament squad.
No. 1 Position: Chris Byrne - Byrne gets the nod at the number one position following a career performance at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate in mid-September. Last time out the Boise native averaged 70.3 strokes per round (spr) while carding a 5-under 211 tying for 10th place.
No. 2 Position: Blake Brown - The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., had a solid outing at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate tying for 16th with a 2-under 214 (averaged 71.3 spr). He entered the 2010-11 campaign with a team-best career strokes per round average of 73.7
No. 3 Position: Scott Spiewak - Newcomer Scott Spiewak will start in the third roster slot. The junior transfer from South Mountain Community College in Arizona tallied a 1-over-par 217 in his first competition for Boise State last time out, Sept. 13-14 in Washington.
No. 4 Position: Taeksoo Kim - The sophomore from Wailuku, Hawaii, is getting his first tournament action of the year this weekend after sitting out the Washington State University tournament last month. As a freshman in 2009-10 he averaged 74.9 strokes per round in nine events (26 rounds).
No. 5 Position: Clayton Kosanovich - The final spot on this week’s roster goes to Clayton Kosanovich. The sophomore is also coming off a career performance at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate firing an 8-over 224 (averaged 74.7 spr), He averaged 76.6 spr as a freshman in 2009-10.
► 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.