The Omni Tucson National Golf Resort could not be a better host for the Mountain West Golf Championships for the Boise State men’s golf program.
The long fairways and non-undulated greens of the course that have played host to multiple PGA Tour and NCAA events play right to the strengths of Boise State, according to head coach Kevin Burton.
“You need to hit your tee balls in the right area and you need to hit them straight,” Burton said. “That fits right into our game plan. We’re very good strikers and we hit into a lot of fairways.”
Couple that with a group of golfers hungry for a taste of victory with an underdog mentality and you have a recipe for an upset – something every golfer on the Boise State roster is thinking about.
With that underdog mentality, Burton believes Boise State is in an excellent position to surprise some of the best teams this weekend.
Not having the pressure and expectation of victory is a gift allowing the Broncos to go into Tucson with nothing to lose.
“We don’t have any pressure at all,” Burton said. “We go out there, swing away and try to make birdies.”
UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico, all ranking as some of the top teams in the nation, are favorites to walk away with the championship, but Burton and freshman David Elliott know that while anything can happen, Boise State is going to need to put up its best performance of the season to finish in the top five over the weekend.
“In a few tournaments we’ve been in the position to do something really special; we just haven’t quite been able to put it together yet,” Elliott said. “I think if we can all click at the same time and be smart and make good decisions, the sky’s the limit for us. It’ll be fun to see.”
Boise State’s lineup will feature Elliott and fellow freshman Mark Brassey, sophomore Logan France, junior Ty Travis and senior Jordan Skyles.
Travis, consistently one of the Broncos’ top golfers is looking forward to a great championship atmosphere and a top 10 finish as an individual.
“I’m really excited,” Travis said. “It should be great weather and we have a really strong conference so it should be a lot of fun.”
The action begins Friday April 25 from Tucson, Ariz.