The Boise State golf team hung tough yesterday in round two of the Western Athletic Conference Golf Championship at Crane Creek, matching leaders New Mexico State and Fresno State stroke for stroke. As a result, the Broncos enter the final day of competition five strokes behind the Aggie and three back of second place Fresno.
Coach Kevin Burton's team was one of four WAC schools to finish with a 294 team score yesterday, with Hawai'i being the other. The Rainbow Warriors are two strokes back of Boise State in fourth place. Co-favorite Nevada stumbled mightily on the Crane Creek Course yesterday with a 304 to slip back to fifth place. San Jose State's fall was even worse after a 308--the Spartans fell from third to sixth.
Senior Jason Williams has been the surprising leader of the Bronco team thus far, firing an even-par 71 after shooting a 73 Monday. Williams finds himself in fourth place in the individual standings and leads the tournament with nine birdies. Matt Edwards of New Mexico State and Jarett Hamamoto from Hawaii are playing their best golf of the year with combined two-day totals of 141 each, with Brian Kelley of Fresno State one stroke ahead of Williams at 143.
Boise State senior Graham DeLaet, the nation's #25 golfer lost two strokes on the leaders but moved up to ninth place after a 74 yesterday. DeLaet is trying to make it four consecutive years of finishing in the WAC top 10. The third of four Bronco senior starters, Jake Sestero had a nice round of 73 to help the Bronco cause and move into a tie for 21st individually. Boise State is one of two teams with each of its five golfers in the top 25. Senior Brian Smith, tied for 15th with a 148 (+6), and sophomore Matt Hastings, tied for 25th with a 151 (+9), round out the scoring for the Broncos.
The Broncos will begin this morning's final round at 8:40 . Follow the tournament live at www.golfstat.com.
May 1-3, 2006
Crane Creek Country Club; Boise, Idaho
Par 71; 6,668 yards
Results After Round Two of Three
Boise State Results – 4. Jason Williams (73-71—144, +2), T9. Graham DeLaet (73-74—147, +5), T15. Brian Smith (72-76—148, +6), T21. Jake Sestero (77-73—150, +8), 25. Matt Hastings (74-77—151, +9).
Team Results – 1. New Mexico State (581, +13), 2. Fresno State (583, +15), 3. Boise State (586, +18), 4. Hawaii (588, +20), 5. Nevada (595, +27), 6. San Jose State (599, +31), 7. Louisiana Tech (600, +32), 8. Idaho (613, +45), 9. Utah State (614, +46).
Top Five Individuals – T1. Matt Edwards, New Mexico State (72-69—141, -1), T1. Jarett Hamamoto, Hawaii (73-68—141, -1), 3. Brian Kelley, Fresno State (72-71—143, +1), 4. Jason Williams, Boise State (73-71—144, +2), 5. John Cassidy, Nevada (73-72--+3).