Boise State Heads to the Islands for Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 16-18...
► What’s Happening
Boise State heads to the islands this week for the 24th annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kane’ohe, Hawaii. The tournament is being hosted by Western Athletic Conference rival University of Hawai’i at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course on the island of O’ahu, metropolitan Honolulu. The Broncos are one of 12 teams competing in the 54-hole tournament which will run over three days, Monday thru Wednesday.

► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Competing for the Broncos in Hawaii is freshman Noelle Zavaleta (77.3 strokes per round average) at the first position followed by junior Iris Ocariza (76.4 average) at the two, senior Mandi Hedberg (77.8 average) at the three, senior Lindsey Shean (78.8 average) at the four, and junior Minhee Park (80.0 stroke average) rounds out the tournament roster playing at the number five position,

► The Tournament Format
The 54-hole tournament features 12 collegiate teams, 10 NCAA Division I squads and two from Japan. There will be over 60 student-athletes participating in this season’s competition. The tournament format calls for three rounds of 18 holes each played over three days, one round per day. The first round is scheduled for Monday, March 16, the second will be Tuesday, while the final round will be contested on Wednesday the 18th.

► The Tournament Course
The 24th annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational is being held at Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course at Kane’ohe, O’ahu. The club features a par-72 5,907-yard competition course. The Klipper is known for its majestic views of the Koolau Mountain Range and the raging surf of the Pacific ocean. The course rating is 71 and it has a slope rating of 130 on Bermuda grass. The course was designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA, and opened in 1939.

► The Tournament Field
Boise State will be competing against WAC rivals Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada. In addition, the field includes No. 32 Texas A&M and No. 58 Indiana (Golfweek rankings), as well as, Kansas State, Lipscomb, Northern Colorado, UTEP, and Osaka Gakuin and Nagoya from Japan.  

► Recently for the Broncos
Boise State has struggled with weather issues so far this spring competing in one tournament with a second cancelled. The first was the Fresno State Lexus Classic February 22-23 that was plagued by high winds and rain. The Broncos placed 13th at the event while Minhee Park led the team with a 229 (+13) tying for 22nd. The second event, the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State March 2-3 was canceled do to heavy rain in the San Francisco bay area.   

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