Jan. 30, 2017
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - Darkness forced a suspension of the second round of the Folino Invitational at the Industry Hills Golf Club Monday with Boise State right in the middle of the leaderboard, sitting fifth in the 10-team field. The Broncos did finish both rounds before play was halted, and sit in fifth place at 23-over (597). The tournament will resume Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. MT with the conclusion of the second round followed by the third and final round.
Boise State, which was playing its first extended outdoor golf of the New Year due to the record amount of snow and cold in Boise this winter, recovered from a slow start to the event, as it fell to the bottom of the standings early on in Monday morning's first round. A late surge brought the Broncos into sixth place at 15-over (303) through the opening round, led by freshman Brian Humphreys' 1-over 73. Humphreys followed up with an even-par 72 in the second round, closing the day tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard, six strokes back of Long Beach State's Joe Fryer. Junior Donny Hopoi bounced back from an opening-round 77 to shoot 1-under in the second round and close the day tied for 11th at 4-over. Freshman Connor Johnstone shot even par in the second round to finish the day tied for 20th at 5-over.
"I'm really pleased with the effort of our guys today. The course is really difficult and we made plenty of mistakes but we competed hard and did a nice job with the things that were in our control," said Boise State head coach Dan Potter. "Hopefully we got a lot of the rust off today and have a strong finish tomorrow."
Sophomore Alex Francois, competing in the tournament as an individual entry, is currently tied for 11th at 4-over and was through 16 when play was halted. Francois, at 1-over in the second round, will finish the final two holes of the round Tuesday morning.
Rounding out the Broncos' performances are freshman Mason Schulze at 11-over and junior Jacob Byers at 24-over.
Long Beach State, with golfers still on the course at the halting of play, leads the field at even par as of Monday's suspension of play, five strokes ahead of second-place UC Santa Barbara. Fryer, at 6-under, leads the field with UC Santa Barbara's Zach Smith a stroke back in second.