Falcons in South Carolina for Hackler Championship
March 10, 2012
General Hackler ChampionshipMarch 11-12, 2012DeBordieu ClubGeorgetown, S.C. THIS WEEKThe Air Force golf team competes at the General Hackler Championship on Sunday, March 11 in Georgetown, S.C. The two-day tournament takes place at the par-71, 7,189-yard DeBordieu Club. Two rounds will be played on Sunday, withe the final round on Monday, March 12. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m., each day. THE FIELDFifteen teams are slated to compete in this week’s tournament. They are: Coastal Carolina, Air Force, Arkansas, Augusta State, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Furman, Lamar, Maryland, Navy, New Mexico, North Florida, Pepperdine, Tennessee and Virginia. Making the trip for Air Force will be Kyle Westmoreland, Blake Edwards, Robert Belz, Andrew Hoops and Miguel Macias. AIR FORCE HEAD COACH George KouryAir Force head coach George Koury is in his 10th season at the helm of the Falcons’ golf program. After serving three seasons as an assistant under legendary coach Gene Miranda, Koury took over the program at the start of the 2002-03 season.Koury, a 1993 Academy graduate and former team captain and MVP, has helped the Falcons continue their dominance at the Service Academy Golf Classic, winning 15 straight titles at the event. In addition, he led Air Force to the team title at the 2005 Falcon Invitational, marking the first time since the inaugural event in 1969 that the team won its own tournament outright. LAST TIME OUTAir Force finished in 11th place at the Samford Intercollegiate at the Hoover Golf Club in Hoover, Ala. The Falcons, who were in 15th place after the first round, shot back-to-back rounds of 300 to move up to 11th place. Sophomore Kyle Westmoreland was AFA’s top finisher, finishing in a tie for 33rd place with a 14-over par score of 230 after a final round 74.Sophomore Miguel Macias paced the Falcons in the final round, firing an even-par 72, the best round by any Falcon at the tournament. Sophomore Philip Colwell, who tied for 37th overall, and senior Caleb Leestma (T, 53rd) each posted a team-best 74 in the second round. EISENHOWER BLUE COURSE NAMED ONE OF THE BESTIn its recent list of the Best Campus Courses, Golfweek has recognized the Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course as one of the best in the nation. The Falcons’ home course checks in at No. 21 on the list and is one of just two Mountain West home courses to be recognized (New Mexico’s is at No. 13). UP NEXTAir Force takes a couple of weeks off before heading Goodyear, Ariz., for the 2012 Desert Shootout.