May 30, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State golfers continue to compete in amateur events this summer, with a quartet of Broncos recently posting strong efforts over a pair of tournaments during Memorial Day Weekend. Rising seniors Jacob Byers and Tristan Rohrbaugh teamed up to finish at even par at the USGA Amateur Four-Ball, just missing the cut for match play by one stroke, while rising senior Donny Hopoi and rising sophomore Connor Johnstone each went deep into the bracket at the Idaho Golf Association (IGA) Match Play Championship as Hopoi made the semifinals and Johnstone the quarters.
Byers and Rohrbaugh traveled to Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina to compete at the USGA Amateur Four-Ball (May 27-31), where they needed to finish in the top 32 of stroke play to advance to the match play bracket. The Bronco duo fired consecutive even-par rounds (71-70) to finish just one stroke behind the cut line.
Meanwhile, at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Hopoi and Johnstone opened play at the IGA Match Play Championship. Johnstone, seeded 12th in the 32-golfer field, defeated No. 21 Zak Courson 2 & 1 in the opening round before upsetting fifth-seeded Carson Berry, 2 & 1, to become one of just three double-digit seeds to reach the quarterfinals. There, Johnstone fell, 3 & 2, to Eagle native and current Texas A&M golfer Joshua Gliege, the No. 4 seed in the draw.
Hopoi opened the draw as the No. 2 seed and made quick work of his first two matches, posting victories of 6 & 5 over Steve Hartnett and Arthur Lynch. In the quarters, he defeated Boise native and former BYU golfer Jesse Hibler, 3 & 2, before falling, 5 & 4, to No. 3 seed Graysen Huff, an Eagle native currently playing at Auburn.