March 19, 2016
GOODYEAR, Ariz. â€" Four Broncos shot par-or-better, including a pair of 4-under 68s, as the Boise State men's golf team fired a 9-under team score during the final round of the Desert Shootout, Saturday.
The Broncos' 9-under 279 is tied for the seventh-lowest in school history, and brought Boise State under-par for the tournament. The squad's 3-under 861 (296-286-279) at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Club included back-to-back sub-par rounds, and is the lowest team score since shooting 8-under at last year's edition of the Desert Shootout, March 19-21, 2015.
Sophomore Tristan Rohrbaugh and junior Kyle Mitsunaga led the way, both at the tournament and in the final round, each shooting 68 (-4), Saturday. Mitsunaga carded an eagle and three birdies to just one bogey, while Rohrbaugh registered five birdies and an eagle with three bogeys.
The duo finished tied for 29th with three-round totals of 214 (-4), Rohrbaugh carding three-straight rounds of par-or-better (72-72-68), and Mitsunaga shooting 71-73-68.
Boise State finished 15th.
"Good rounds and respectable tournaments for Kyle and Tristan," head coach Dan Potter said. "We played better and it's nice to take some momentum to San Diego."
Junior Travis Evans added a second-straight 1-under 71, and freshman Connor Bell shot even-par, giving Boise State its lowest single-round score since also shooting 9-under in the second round of the Palouse Collegiate in Pullman, Wash., Sept. 13, 2010.
Bell finished with a 219 (74-73-72, +3), Evans shot 221 (79-71-71, +5) and senior Logan France rounded out the scoring with a 225 (81-70-74, +9).
Iowa State won the tournament with an 823 (-41), and Northern Illinois' Joo-Young Lee and UMKC's Antoine Rozner took home co-medalist honors, tying at 14-under 202.
The Broncos will continue their Spring Break tour in San Diego, taking on the field at the Barona Collegiate Cup at the Barona Creek Golf Course, March 21-22.