Broncos Prepare For Biggest Tournament of Fall

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s golf team will travel to Reno, Nev., Oct. 8-9, to compete in the 2007 Wolf Pack Classic.


The tournament will be held at the 7,100-yard, par 72 Wolf Run Golf Club and will feature 54 holes. The first 36 holes will be played Monday, Oct. 8, teeing off with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (PT). The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday, Oct. 9, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (PT).


The Field The tournament will feature 19 teams from a variety of conferences including the Mountain West, Pacific-10, Big 12, Big West and Western Athletic. The teams will be Boise State, Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas-Little Rock, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii, Iowa State, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, San Diego, UTEP, Utah, Weber State, and Wyoming.


“This is the best tournament field we are going to see all fall,” said head coach Kevin Burton. “If we are going to make our goal of being ranked in the top 70 and making the NCAA Championships, we are going to have to step up and outperform many of the teams in this tournament.”


The Team - The Boise State men’s golf team is currently ranked 120th, according to GolfWeek, after beginning the season ranked 198th nationally.


The team overcame a six stroke deficit in the final round of the Purple and Red Invitational to capture the team title in the 18-team field with a 9-under 567.


“This was great win for our team,” said Burton. “To be able to overcome a six stroke deficit against the home team, (Utah) on their course speaks of the quality of this win.”


This win also marks the first time Boise State has captured the team and individual title in the same tournament since the 2002 Bronco Round-up (Graham DeLaet). This is the golf team’s third tournament win under the guidance of coach Burton after going nearly five years without a team title prior to his arrival.


Boise State has also recorded an eighth place finish at the Giustina Memorial Classic and a sixth place finish in the 17-team field at the Shootout at Angel Park.


The Players - This week the Broncos will once again be fielding the same lineup from its 2007 Purple and Red Invitational Championship team. 


Troy Merritt leads the Broncos in all categories during the first three tournaments and is currently ranked the 11th collegiate golfer by He captured the individual title at the Giustina Memorial Classic by one stroke (204, -12) and the Purple and Red Invitational by three strokes (134, -10). Merritt also recorded a tie for third place in the Shootout at Angel Park when he birdied six of his final seven holes to post a 211 (-2) for the tournament. Along the way he has set a school record for a low two-round score (134, -10), recorded five straight round under par and six of seven this season to go along with a 68.6 scoring average and a low round of 65 (-7).


Matt Hastings helped pace the Broncos to victory in the Purple and Red Invitational when he recorded a season best 143 (-1) to tie for 15th place. He is averaging 73.1 strokes per round and recorded a season low 70 (-2) in the second round of the Purple and Red Invitational. Hastings has finished in the top 3 in scoring for Boise State in all three fall tournaments.


John Baranco is averaging 72.8 strokes per round and has posted two top 25 finishes this season. His low score (70, -2) came in the final rounds of the Purple and Red Invitational and the Shootout at Angel Park. Baranco has now recorded five top 25 finishes in eight career collegiate events.


Chase Cochran will be playing in his third tournament of the fall. He is averaging 78.0 strokes per round and shot a season low 72 (E) in the second round of the Giustina Memorial Classic.


Robbie Richards is averaging 74.5 shots per round and recorded a season low 73 (+1) in the final round of the Purple and Red Inviational en route to a Bronco victory.


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