The Air Force men’s golf team opened its 2012-13 campaign Tuesday at the Ballyneal Challenge in Holyoke, Colo. The competition was an individual tournament, not a dual match, between Air Force and the University of Colorado on one of the state’s premier golf courses, Ballyneal Golf Club. The course annually receives top national and world acclaim, including being ranked as the 46th best golf course in the United States by Golf Magazine.
CU captured the top six spots at the tournament, led by Jason Burstyn, who fired a four-under par total of 138, one shot better than teammate Philip Juel-Berg. They were the only two players who finished under par.
Air Force senior Andrew Hoops posted the best score for the Falcons with a two-round total of 10-over par 152, good for seventh place overall. Juniors Jack Howard and Philip Colwell tied for eighth at 153 (+11), while fellow junior Ryan Kramer placed 10th with a total of 157 (+15).
“This was a really tough day for us,” said Air Force head coach George Koury. “The course was phenomenal and a super test to start the fall season. Colorado had a few guys play very well. We need to get better and hope to rebound with a better showing at the Falcon Invitational.”
The Falcons return to action at the 44th Annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, which begins Sunday, Sept. 9 on the Blue Course at Eisenhower Golf Club.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
1. Jason Burstyn (CU) 68-70—138 (-4)
2. Philip Juel-Berg (CU) 70-69—139 (-3)
3. David Oraee (CU) 72-73—145 (+3)
4. Tyler Engel (CU) 72-74—146 (+4)
T5. Beau Schoolcraft (CU) 77-71—148 (+6)
T5. Derek Fribbs (CU) 71-77—148 (+6)
7. Andrew Hoops (AF) 75-77—152 (+10)
T8. Jack Howard (AF) 73-80—153 (+11)
T8. Philip Colwell (AF) 79-74—153 (+11)
10. Ryan Kramer (AF) 76-81—157 (+15)
11. Kyle Westmoreland (AF) 78-80—158 (+16)
12. Blake Jones (AF) 79-81—160 (+18)
13. Miguel Macias (AF) 83-81—164 (+22)
T14. Drew Trujillo (CU) 79-86—165 (+23)
T14. Nick Reisch (AF) 84-81—165 (+23)