May 4, 2013
Sparked by its best round ever at the Mountain West Championships, the Air Force golf team moved up to fourth place after two rounds of the 2013 tournament, held at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. The Falcons improved by 20 strokes from the first round with a five-under par 279 on Saturday, topping AFA's previous best score of even-par 284 in the third round of the 2009 championships.
Junior Kyle Westmoreland, who shot an opening-round 73 on Friday, posted four birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a team-best 68 and is tied for seventh place with teammate Philip Colwell at one-under par 141 after 36 holes. Colwell fired a one-under par 70 on Saturday. Air Force is one of just three teams at the tournament to have multiple players in the top 10 after two rounds.
Junior Jack Howard is tied for 19th place at 147 (+5), while senior Andrew Hoops improved nine strokes from Friday with a one-under 70 on Saturday and is tied for 24th at 149 (+7). Sophomore Blake Edwards rounds out the roster in a tie for 44th place at 163 (+21). Hoops and Edwards tied UNLV's Nicholas Maruri for the second-largest improvement from the first round to the second.
"I am very proud of the effort our team showed today," said Air Force head coach George Koury. "Rebounding from yesterday to shoot five-under today is great. Chris (Wilson, assistant coach) and I know we can play this way and need to follow it up tomorrow with another solid round."
San Diego State and New Mexico are tied for the team lead with a score of 563 (-5) after two rounds and the Aztecs' Riccardo Michelini, New Mexico's Gavin Green and UNLV's Kevin Penner are in a three-way tied for the individual lead at -3.
The final round of the Mountain West Championships will begin Sunday morning at 7 a.m. (PT).