Broncos Find Themselves In 5th In WAC Golf

What does it say when the nation's #25 collegiate golfer, playing on his home course, is #11 in the WAC? Well, either that golfer had a very bad day or the WAC has to be the top golf conference in the United States. It's only Day One of the WAC Golf Tournament in Boise, and perhaps these things will right themselves.

Four Broncos find themselves in the top 20 of the Western Athletic Conference Golf Tournament after one round at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise. However, the big news is that Boise State's Graham DeLaet, the nation's #25 golfer, is in 11th place in the WAC. That is a big reason why the senior-laden Broncos are in fifth place in the team standings with a score of 292. Boise State is eight over par and would have been more than that had they not rallied.

Favorite New Mexico State leads the competition with a three-over 287 with Fresno State two strokes behind. Unheralded San Jose State has shocked the field with a 291, led by Kevin Nabbefeld's brilliant 69. Nabbefeld is in first place individually. Nevada is tied with the surprising Spartans with Boise State one stroke behind. Hawai'i is just two strokes off the Broncos' pace, followed by Louisiana Tech with 303, Idaho with 307 and Utah State with 311.

Brian Smith, one of four seniors on the five-man team, shot a 72 today, DeLaet and Jason Williams carded a 73, Matt Hastings finished with a 74 and Jake Sestero shot a 77. Action continues today and tomorrow at Crane Creek in the three-round tournament.

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