New Mexico State overpowered the field on the final day of the Western Athletic Conference Golf Tournament today in Boise. The Aggies shot a three-day total of 861 (+9) to win the league title. Fresno State hung tough for a while, but finished five strokes back. As for the Broncos, their senior-dominated team lost 10 strokes to Fresno today and 13 to New Mexico State. Unheralded San Jose State slipped past Boise State for third, and Hawai'i tied the Broncos for fourth. Nevada finished sixth with 32 over for the tournament, Idaho finished 47 strokes behind New Mexico State for seventh, Utah State was a plus 57 and Louisiana Tech has a plus 59 for last.
Matt Edwards of New Mexico State and Jarett Hammoto of Hawai'i both finished with nice 2-under pars for the tournament to tie for individual honors.
Seniors Graham DeLaet and Jason Williams each finished in the top 10 individually. Williams was in contention throughout the tournament, while DeLaet moved up from 14th place on the first day to finish tied for seventh. It was DeLaet's fourth consecutive top ten finish at the WAC Championships. DeLaet was not only named to the First Team All-WAC Team but was recognized as WAC Player of the Year. Graham's 11 top 25 finishes this season are a new school record.
Williams finished in a tie for tenth place, his best career finish at the championships. He finished with a 54-hole total of 219. Williams is tied for third on the Bronco all-time list with six career top ten finishes.
Senior Brian Smith and sophomore Matt Hastings also finished in the top 25, each winding up 22nd.
By finishing ahead of Nevada in the team standings, Boise State was able to gain another point and a half in the WAC Commissioner's Cup Standings. Boise State now leads the Wolf Pack by 10.75 points with four sports remaining.
The entire group of men's student athletes at Boise State was hoping the golf team could come away with the title as the Bronco men had a chance to finish the year leading the nation in conference titles. But it was not to be. Boise State could still share that accolade if the men's track team can garner a WAC title next week.
Following are the complete results from the WAC Golf Championships:
May 1-3, 2006
Crane Creek Country Club; Boise, Idaho
Par 71; 6,668 yards
Boise State Results – T7. Graham DeLaet (73-74-71—218, +5), T10. Jason Williams (73-71-75—219, +6), T22. Matt Hastings (74-77-72—223, +10), T22. Brian Smith (72-76-75—223, +10), T29. Jake Sestero (77-73-77—227, +14).
Team Results – 1. New Mexico State (861, +9), 2. Fresno State (866, +14), 3. San Jose State (878, +26), T4. Boise State (879, +27), T4. Hawaii (879, +27), 6. Nevada (884, +32), 7. Idaho (908, +56), 8. Utah State (909, +57), 9. Louisiana Tech (911, +59).
Top Five Individuals – T1. Matt Edwards, New Mexico State (72-69-70—211, -2)*, T1. Jarett Hamamoto, Hawaii (73-68-70—211, -2), T3. Jason Anthony, Fresno State (72-74-69—215, +2), T3. Brian Kelley, Fresno State (72-71-72—215, +2), T3. Ben Kreger, New Mexico State (73-74-68—215, +2).