► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s men’s golf team looks to closeout its fall schedule this week when the Broncos participate in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at Las Cruces, N.M., Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 25-26. This tournament is being hosted by Western Athletic Conference member New Mexico State University at the university owned golf course. This final event of 2010 features a 15-team field. This is the fourth competition for the Broncos this fall.
► What Has Happened Recently
Boise State is coming off its top result of the fall season with a fifth-place finish at the Purple and Red Invitational, Oct. 11-12, in Layton, Utah, carding a 4-over 868. Three Broncos finished in the top-25 at the event led by Blake Brown who tied for 10th with a 2-under 214; followed closely by Scott Spiewak with a career-best performance tying for 13th on a 1-under 215; and Taylor Porter who tied for 24th with a 2-over 218 in his first competition for Boise State.
► Broncos at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate
For the second fall in a row the Broncos will close the first half of their schedule at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. Last year Boise State struggled to a 17th-place finish on a 31-over 883. Chris Byrne led Boise State with a 2-over 215 tying for 34th and Taeksoo Kim who tied for 47th with a 5-over 218.
► Format For the Purple and Red Invitational
The squad format for this event features the typical 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, Oct. 25-26. The action begins Monday with 36 continuous holes, followed by the final 18 on Tuesday. The tournament will be played with groups of three and will begin by shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (Mountain) each day.
► The Host Course
The host facility for this event is the University owned NMSU Golf Course near campus. For this event it will feature a 7,003 yard competition course for a par 72, last year’s event was shorter and a par 71.
► The Team Field
The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate features 15 teams, 14 from NCAA Division I schools and one division II program. Boise State, Idaho and New Mexico State will represent the Western Athletic Conference at this event. The remaining 12 schools include Air Force, Illinois State, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas State, UNLV, Utah, UTEP, Washington State, Weber State, Western New Mexico and Wichita State. There will be over 70 individuals competing for the team and individual titles.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Boise State will travel five players to the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate this week. Competing for the team total will be Blake Brown, Scott Spiewak, Taylor Porter, Chris Byrne and Taeksoo Kim.
No. 1 Position: Blake Brown - The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., is coming off his best finish of the year tying for 10th at the Purple and Red Invitational in Layton, Utah. He tied his season-low score of 2-under 214 last time out. He leads the team in stroke per round (spr) average at 73.2.
No. 2 Position: Scott Spiewak - The JC transfer will begin at the second roster slot. He is coming off his top performance as a Bronco at the Purple and Red where he finished tied for 13th with a career-best 1-under 215. He currently averages 74.0 spr.
No. 3 Position: Taylor Porter - Porter, a native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is playing in his second competition as a Bronco after transferring from the Community Colleges of Spokane. He was impressive in his first action as a Bronco at the Purple and Red carding a 2-over 218 to tie for 24th. He averaged 72.7 strokes per round in his first outing.
No. 4 Position: Chris Byrne - The senior from Boise has played in two tournaments this fall but did not travel to Layton, Utah, for the last competition. He has a season-best finish of 10th place at the Paluse Cougar Collegiate where he shot a career-best 5-under 211. Byrne is averaging 75.3 strokes per round this fall.
No. 5 Position: Taeksoo Kim - The sophomore from Wailuku, Hawaii, missed the first tournament of the year but has played in the last two events for the Broncos. He is coming off a season-low 5-over 221 at the Purple and Red where he tied for 34th. He enters this week averaging 76.0 strokes per round.