March 20, 2013
2013 Desert Shootout
March 21-23, 2013
Palm Valley Golf Club | Goodyear, Ariz.
Air Force Tournament Notes
The Air Force golf team begins play at the 2013 Desert Shootout on Thursday, March 21 in Goodyear, Ariz. The three-day tournament, hosted by the University of Denver, takes place at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Club. One round will be played each day, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Sixteen teams are slated to compete in this week’s tournament. They are: Air Force, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Southern Utah, Tulsa, Wichita State and Wyoming. The Falcons will send Kyle Westmoreland, Blake Edwards, Andrew Hoops, Jack Howard and Philip Colwell as the team of five players, while Todd Berglund will participate as an individual.
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH George Koury
Air Force head coach George Koury is in his 11th 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 helped lead 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 OUT
Junior 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.
PLAYED WELL HERE LAST TIME
Air Force opened its 2013 spring schedule at the Palm Valley Golf Club, finishing fifth at the 2013 Snowman Getaway. Westmoreland was AFA’s top individual, finishing in a tie for sixth place with a three-round total of two-under par 214. Westmoreland fired a career-best 66 in the second round.
Air Force is idle until April 8 when it plays at the Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.