► What’s Happening: Boise State is off to Palm Springs, Calif., for the inaugural Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate being held Saturday through Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at the Club Classic golf course.
► The Broncos’ Tournament Roster: Representing Boise State this week at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate are: starting in the number one position is junior Robbie Richards averaging 72.0 strokes per round (spr), followed by senior Scott Loewen (73.0 spr), freshman Blake Brown (72.5 spr), junior John Baranco (74.7 spr), and senior Kevin Tarango competing in his first tournament of the year.
► The Tournament: The 54-hole tournament is hosted by the University of Wyoming and will feature 19 NCAA Division I collegiate teams with approximately 95 individuals competing. The format calls for three rounds played over two days. It will begin with the first two rounds on Saturday and finish with the final round on Sunday.
► The Course: The competition is being held at the Club Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., the same location that hosts the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. For this tournament the course is a par 72 and spans 7,305 yards. For more information on the course checkout the Club Classic website: www.ClassicClubGolf.com.
► The Field: The teams competing against the Broncos this week are: from the Pacific-10 Conference, University of Arizona, Oregon State University, and Washington State University; two West Coast Conference schools, Gonzaga University and University of Portland; two Big Sky Conference members, University of Northern Colorado and Weber State University; two Big West Conference schools, Long Beach State and University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB); three from the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming, University of Utah, and Colorado State University; the University of Denver from the Sun Belt Conference; Utah Valley University from the Great West Conference; three Summit League schools, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), Southern Utah University, and South Dakota State University; and joining the Broncos from the WAC is the University of Idaho.
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► What’s Happened So Far: After two tournaments, the Broncos enter the competition Saturday with a 13-11-1 overall record and a 1-3-1 mark versus Western Athletic Conference teams. Most recently, the Broncos stubbed their toes last week, Sept. 22-23, in Corvallis, Ore., tying for eighth place at the Giustina Memorial Classic. The 2008 WAC runners-up opened the season placing fifth out of 17 teams at the Ron Moore Invitational in Denver, Colo., Sept. 15-16.
► Down the Road: Besides this week’s Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Springs, Calif., the Broncos have two more tournaments schedule for this fall and six on the slate for next spring. Next up is the Santa Clara Invitational hosted by the Santa Clara University Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 20-21.
► Last Time Out for Boise State: The Giustina Memorial Classic - CORVALLIS, Ore. (9/22-23/08) - The Boise State men’s and women’s golf teams competed together at the Giustina Memorial Classic held at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., hosted by Oregon State University. Both competed separate from each other and then combined their scores for an overall competition as well. In all three formats the Broncos placed eighth out of 10 teams. The Boise State men’s team finished the three-round tournament with an 876 (+12). Robbie Richards led the Bronco men during the tournament with a career best 54-hole score of three-under par 213. The junior fired a 71 during the final day to turn in the best round for the Broncos and moved up seven places from a tie for 11th to a seven-way tie for fourth place. Redshirt senior Scott Loewen climbed from a tie for 22nd place after two rounds to a tie for 16th by shooting an even-par 72 on Tuesday, finishing the two days with a total of 216 (even). Also competing for the Broncos were Blake Brown (T37. 223, +7), John Baranco (46. 231, +15), and Drew Surmeier (48. 236, +20). Oregon State won the men’s competition in a playoff with Nevada, both fired an 11-under par 853.
► Briefly About the Team - Boise State features 10 players on its 2008-09 roster four returners, two redshirts, and four newcomers. The squad is made up of two seniors in Scott Loewen (redshirted in 2007-08) and Kevin Tarango, four juniors John Baranco, Robbie Richards, Drew Surmeier, and Lewis-Clark State College transfer Joey Lovell, one redshirt sophomore in Chris Byrne, and three freshmen Ahmed Amlani, Blake Brown, and Patrick Deichert.
► What is Back for Boise State - Boise State returns four who saw some competition last season. The top returner is John Baranco who played in six events and 17 rounds averaging 72.1 strokes per round. He is followed by Robbie Richards (five events, 76.8 avg.), Drew Surmeier (three events, 79.4 avg.), and Kevin Tarango (six events, 76.9 avg.). There were two redshirts last season, Scott Loewen returns to the team as a senior after taking last year off from school to tend to a family emergency. He played in eight events as a junior in 2006-07 averaging 78.0 strokes per round. The other is Chris Byrne who played in five events averaging 74.5 strokes per round during his freshman season in 2006-07.