Air Force Finishes Tied for Sixth at Falcon Invitational
Sept. 20, 2009
USAFA, Colo. -
With senior Tom Whitney (La Quinta, Calif.) leading the way, the Air Force golf team finished tied for sixth place at its own Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, being held at the par-72, 7,321-yard Eisenhower Golf Club-Blue Course. As a team, the Falcons fired an 866 (+2), which ranks seventh on the list of lowest 54-hole team scores in school history.
Whitney, who entered the day tied for 17th place, fired a 68 in the final round to finish tied for third place at 211 (-5). It marked the second time in as many tournaments this season that he has finished in the top three, and the seventh time in his career. In addition, his three-round total ranks tied for the 17th-lowest individual tournament score in school history. This weekend also marks the 11th time he has carded a 212 or lower in a collegiate tournament.
Meanwhile, sophomore Travis Deckert (Wichita, Kan.) had the best tournament of his career, tying for 20th overall with a three-round total of 217 (+1), with just one round over par. Prior to this weekend, Deckert’s best collegiate tournament finish had been a tie for 88th place, with a low individual round of 76.
Robert Belz (So., San Antonio, Texas) also finished in the top 30 for the Falcons, tying for 29th overall at 219 (+3), while Andrew Hoops (Fr., Highland, Calif.) and Kyle Bailey (Jr., Austin, Texas) rounded out Air Force’s varsity group at 225 and 226, respectively.
Also representing the Falcons this weekend was the Air Force Silver team, which tied for 12th place in the team standings at 893. Sophomore Caleb Leestma (Seabrook, Texas) turned in the top finish for the team, tying for 47th in the individual standings with a personal-best three-round score of 222. Mark Boyer (So., Hershey, Pa.) followed two strokes behind in a tie for 56th place, while Wes Denny (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and Peter Guzowski (Sr., Tiffin, Ohio) came in at 227 and 228, respectively.
Also competing for the Silver team was Aaron White (Jr., Hereford, Texas), while two other Falcons, Alex Horrell (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Tyler Downing (Fr., Sturgis, Mich.), competed unattached.
Colorado State won the tournament for the second-straight year with a total of 855 (-9), while Northern Colorado’s Steve Bidne took medalist honors with a 206 (-10).
The Falcons are off until Oct. 5-6, when they head to Andrews AFB, Md., for the Service Academy Golf Classic, which returns after a two-year hiatus. Air Force has dominated at the SAGC, winning the last 12 titles in the 14-year history of the event.
T6 Air Force 290-284-292 866
T17 Tom Whitney 72-71-68 211
T20 Travis Deckert 72-72-73 217
T29 Robert Belz 70-70-79 219
T62 Andrew Hoops 76-71-78 225
T71 Kyle Bailey 79-74-73 226
T12 Air Force Silver 300-293-300 893
T47 Caleb Leestma 78-71-73 222
T56 Mark Boyer 70-81-73 224
T74 Wes Denny 75-73-79 227
T79 Peter Guzowski 79-69-80 228
T85 Aaron White 77-80-75 232
105 Alex Horrell 80-76-84 240
106 Tyler Downing 82-77-82 241