Broncos show rust in spring opener

Broncos show rust in spring opener

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The Boise State men’s golf team officially kicked off the spring 2013 season as the Broncos teed it up at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational, hosted by Southern Utah University.

The Thunderbird Invitational is the first of five spring tournaments leading up to the Mountain West Championships.  After an up-and-down fall season, and a winter that hasn’t allowed some players to hit balls in a few weeks, the Broncos were looking for a solid opener to kick start the second half of their season.

Freshman Logan France and senior T.K. Kim led the charge for the Broncos through day one, as France shot a 72 and finished the day in a tie for 10th place.

Kim, the Broncos most consistent player in the fall season, fired an opening round 74 and placed him in 19th overall.

Junior Jordan Skyles was close on their heels with a 78, as senior Klayton Kasonovich rounded out the Broncos’ line with an 85, giving the Broncos a day one total of 21-over-par 309 and sat them in 12th place.

The second day of competition proved why Kim is the anchor for this team as he would go on to shoot a 75 on the day and notch him his sixth consecutive top-25 finish as he would finish in a tie for 21st.

Kim placed in the top 25 in all five of the Broncos fall tournaments and isn’t showing rust following the break.  France would sink back on day two, as he struggled to an 82 which would put him in a tie at 10-over-par with Skyles who improved on his Monday round, firing a 4-over-par 76.  Junior Minwoo Park rounded out the Broncos’ day two scoring with a nine-over-par 81. The Broncos finished the tournament with a two round total of 47-over-par 623, notching them a 14th place finish in their spring opener.

With the snow melting in Boise as the weather warms up, the Broncos will finally get a chance to get out to the course and shake off the rust as they prepare for their next tournament on the docket, the Sacramento State Collegiate, hosted by Sacramento State on March 11-12.  That is the first tournament of the Broncos’ four remaining spring competitions for
the season.

The rest of their travels will take them to Arizona twice for the Desert Shootout in Phoenix March 21-23, and then to Scottsdale for the Cowboy Classic April 8-9. The regular season will finish in Provo, Utah at the Cougar Classic hosted by BYU April 26-27 before they head to Tuscon, Ariz. for the Mountain West Championships May 3-5.

The Broncos’ fall season showed promise early as they opened the season with four top-10 finishes including a season high sixth-place finish in their home tournament at the Club at Spurwing in Meridian, Idaho.  A squad that is made up of four upperclassmen and several sophomores and freshmen who have had playing time, the Broncos have the opportunity to get into form and make a charge when conference championships come around.