The Boise State men’s golf team heads into their biggest tournament of the year this weekend—the Mountain West Championship.
Head coach Dan Potter and the team understands the implications of this tournament—this is their last opportunity to leave a mark on the season.
“At the end of the day, there is some finality to this tournament,” Potter said. “This is the biggest tournament of our year. Every other tournament, we could say that we had another coming up. This one we really do not.”
For some, it is an opportunity to play in the MW tournament. For the five Treasure Valley natives on the team—like sophomore Kyle Mitsunaga who graduated from Boise High School—it is a chance to represent the city they grew up in.
“You have people in the community that knew you personally way before you were thinking of playing college golf,” Mitsunaga said. “Just to get that support, knowing that they are backing us up is pretty cool.”
David Elliott and Ty Travis, natives of Eagle, Idaho, also hope to represent their hometown with pride in his last tournament as a Bronco.
“Growing up around here being a big Boise State fan, whether it was football, basketball or the golf team, just being able to wear the blue and orange and carry the bag is a pretty big deal,” Elliott said. “It is something that was important to us as kids—looking up to the guys on the team. Now we are able to carry the torch and do that on our own.”
The team has one goal left this weekend—to win.
“Seeing as how we have a conference this weekend, it would be to win,” Travis said. “Going into the third round with a shot to win individually and as a team—I would say that is our goal, to get ourselves into the hunt for the tournament.”
Potter hopes his team is able to rise to the occasion and end their season on a high note.
“When they get back this summer. They are going to ask them how they did in the Mountain West Conference Championship,” Potter said. “It doesn’t change what they need to do on the course and how they need to prepare and what they need to do to be successful. It is a bigger deal and I want them to feel that and embrace it.”