Continuing their season, the Boise State golf team will travel to Park City, Utah to compete in the Utah Invitational.
The 54-hole tournament will begin on Monday and will finish up Tuesday with the last round of 18 holes. This tournament hosts nine teams, including the Broncos and the Utah Utes.
Coming into the middle of their season, most of the focus has been on one member of the team: Ty Travis.
Travis is a transfer from Weber State. He has been a standout for the team from the beginning. He placed fifth overall in the only home tournament, the Dash Thomas Memorial, while the team placed 12th.
“I was kind of disappointed with fifth, because I was sitting first after two rounds. But I grew up playing BanBury Golf Course my whole life, so it was kind of like coming home,” Travis said. “I wasn’t nervous at all. I was happy with it.”
Also happy with Travis’s performance overall is head coach Kevin Burton.
“When we brought him (Travis) in, I knew he was already a really good player and he’s very happy to be back in Boise playing for us,” Burton said. “He’s already become one of our leaders…and with a young team like we have, that’s very important.”
Only a junior, Travis has already done well. He finished 18 in the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate with a three-round score of 212.
“His strength is definitely his length. He is as long as anybody out there and can absolutely just crush the ball,” Burton said.
However, there’s room for improvement for Travis here at Boise State.
“We’re just working on trying to get him a little more consistent….trying to tighten up his ball flight. I think he’s going to be really good,” Burton said.
The Broncos have been preparing for the cold weather and high altitude of Utah.
“We’re hitting a lot of knock-down shots in practice because it’s going to be pretty cold in Park City,” Travis said. “We’re not going to be able to swing like we normally do.”
Preparing for the course proves to be the biggest challenge for the golfers’ game.
“It’s a pretty demanding golf course as far as ball striking. You’ve got to really place your shots,” Burton said. “We’ve got to adapt to that (elevation change) rather quickly and keep the ball in play.”
The Broncos tee it up at 9 am for 36-holes on Monday morning at the Jeremy Golf and Country Club.