March 12, 2013
Kyle Westmoreland fired a career-best 65 in the final round Tuesday to win the individual title and lead the Air Force golf team to the team championship at the Jackrabbit Invitational, held at the par-72, 7,131-yard Primm Valley Golf Club in Primm, Nev. The Falcons won the tournament by 13 strokes over second-place Idaho and shattered the school record for best team score in a 54-hole tournament, posting a 36-under par total of 828, bettering the previous record by 12 strokes.
Westmoreland, who recorded the second individual title in his career at 15-under par, was the only player at the tournament to score in the 60s each round and finished one stroke ahead of Idaho's Gordon Webb. His final round 65 was the best by an Air Force player since Tom Whitney had the same score in the second round of the Agua Caliente Air Force Invitational in 2007 and his three-round total of 201 is the second-best in school history behind Whitney's 200 at the 2009 Desert Shootout.
"Chris (assistant coach Chris Wilson) and I are very proud of the way the team competed all week," said Air Force head coach George Koury. "The guys have worked hard every day and are starting to see the results. Kyle had a solid week and his final round was impressive."
Junior Jack Howard finished in a tie for fourth place with a six-under par total of 210, followed by sophomore Blake Edwards (T6th, 211) and junior Philip Colwell (T8th, 212). Senior Andrew Hoops finished 12th with a three-round total of two-under par 214.
The Falcons return to action on Thursday, march 21 at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz.