The Boise State men’s golf team would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. A special thanks goes out to the members of this year’s Birdie Club for all the support they give to the men’s golf program at Boise State. Their contributions go a long way in assisting the Broncos throughout the year.
Happy Holidays Everyone!!
Bronco Fall Recap...
► What Happened This Fall:
Boise State competed in five tournaments during the fall semester recording two top-five finishes and a 27-35-2 overall record. The Broncos’ top finish was a fourth place tie at the Santa Clara Invitational out of a nine team field on Oct. 20-21 with a three-day total of 887 (+35). The second best result was a fifth place finish out of 17 teams at the Ron Moore Invitational in Denver, Colo., to open the season on Sept. 15-16. The Broncos carded a three-round total of two-over-par 866. Boise State’s best tournament performance in relation to par was a three-under-par 861 at the Kauai Collegiate Invite to conclude the fall schedule.
► The Broncos’ Fall Tournament Roster:
Boise State saw seven of the 10 athletes on its roster compete in at least one tournament this past fall. They had a base group of four which competed in all five competitions with the rest battling it out for the fifth spot. The four regulars were senior Scott Loewen, juniors John Baranco and Robbie Richards, and freshman Blake Brown. The other three who saw tournament action were senior Kevin Tarango who play in two competitions, junior Drew Surmeier with two starts, and freshman Ahmed Amlani with one tournament appearance.
► Individual Leaders Through the Fall:
Senior Scott Loewen returned too the squad after a year’s absence to handle a family emergency. He led the Broncos through the five fall tournaments recording a 72.6 strokes per round average and four top-25 finishes. Freshman Blake Brown was just behind Loewen’s stroke average at 72.7 spr while recording three top-25 results. Juniors John Baranco and Robbie Richards finished the fall with similar stats on the year with a total of 1,122 strokes and 74.8 strokes per round averages each, Baranco had two top-25 results while Richards turned in one.
► Top Individual Finishes:
This fall freshman Blake Brown turned in the top individual finish with a third-place result at the Kauai Collegiate Invite in Lihue, Hawaii, with a three round total of 13-under-par 203. He carded scores of 68-68-67 on the par-71 course to wrap-up the fall schedule. Robbie Richards had the second-best finish with a fourth (tied) place result at the Giustina Memorial Classic in Corvallis, Ore., carding scores of 73-69-71 to finish three-under-par.
► The Broncos as a team:
Boise State finished the fall portion of the schedule averaging 880.2 strokes per tournament, 18.6-over-par, and a strokes per round average of 293.4.
► Bronco Alums In The Pros
BOISE, Idaho (12/16/08) - Checking in on three of Boise State’s alumni who have made professional tours. All three of these alums competed for their PGA Tour cards this past fall, two were successful while the third just missed.
Tyler Aldridge - Aldridge went all the way to the PGA’s q-school final qualifying tournament where he earned his PGA card in early December. He will represent Boise State while competing in the PGA Tour next year.
Troy Merritt - Like Aldridge, Merritt advanced to the final PGA q-school qualifying tournament but fell just short of earning a place in the PGA Tour. Instead, Merritt will carry the school’s colors into the PGA’s Nationwide Tour which includes the Boise Open. Not bad for a guy who just finished his collegiate career last May (2008).
Graham DeLaet - DeLaet advanced to the q-school’s second round (of three) qualifying stage where he just missed moving onto the final round with Aldridge and Merrittt. Since graduating from Boise State he has been an active member of the Canadian Tour. In addition to competing north of the border, DeLaet will also participate in the Gateway Tour next year.