Boise State Golf Caravans to Corvallis for Giustina Memorial Classic

What’s Happening:  The Boise State men’s and women’s golf teams caravan to Corvallis, Ore., to take on some of the best teams in the west at the Giustina Memorial Classic held at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club, Oregon State’s home course, Sept. 22-23.  Admission to the 2008 Giustina Memorial Classic is free.

The Tournament Schedule:  The 54-hole tournament will begin Monday with a shotgun start beginning at 8:45 a.m., with 36 continuous holes of play. The final 18-holes are set for Tuesday beginning with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. on holes one and 10, with the leaders starting last. At the conclusion of the two-day classic, there will be a brief presentation of awards held for both the men’s and women’s medalists as well as a combined award.

About the Giustina Memorial Classic:  The memorial tournament is to honor the life of Natale B. “Nat” Giustina, who played a fundamental role in the creation of Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Oregon State alumnus was a prominent figure in the OSU community, serving on the OSU Alumni Association board and the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Oregon State head coaches Brian Watts and Rise Lakowske designed a unique part of the tournament in Nat’s honor. The tournament will pair the men’s and women’s teams from each school in a combined competition against the other participating schools. Teams will play in foursomes (two men, two women).

The Course:  Trysting Tree Golf Club was recently rated by Golf Digest as the 9th best public course in the State of Oregon. The course runs for 6,270 yards with a par of 72.

The Field:  Teams scheduled to play in Oregon State’s only home tournament of the year include Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Sacramento State, San Francisco and Washington State.

Head Coach Nicole Harris on the Giustina Memorial:  “This event is really fun for us because of the unique format.  We are looking forward to competing with the men this week in a great tournament.”

Last Week Out on the Course (Women): The first tournament of the fall season solidified the Boise State women’s golf team as a fierce competitor in the west as junior Iris Ocariza led the Broncos to a fifth place finish at the Northwest Dodge Dealers Inland Cup.  The junior hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii entered the day knotted in a tie for 21st, but after firing a 72 (+1) during the final round she climbed her way 10-sports on the charts to finish the three-round tournament with a score of 228 (+15). Overall, Ocariza finished 11th, marking her 10th top-20 career finish.

Also completing the tournament in the top-20 was freshmen Noelle Zavaleta, who carded a three-round score of 231 (+18) after posting a 78 (+7) during the final round. Zavaleta finished the event knotted in a tie for 17th, earning her first top-20 finish of her career. Teammate Lindsey Shean notched her seventh career top-20 finish after knocking one stroke off of her second round score, shooting a 76 (+5) during the final round to complete the invite in a tie for 20th.

As a team, the Bronco fired their best single-round score of the tournament, the second best of the day, as they shaved four strokes off their previous score to tally a final-round score of 305 (+21). At the end of the two-day tournament, Boise State finished fifth with a three-round score of 929 (+77).

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