Golfers Head to Arizona for Desert Shootout
March 21, 2012
2012 Desert ShootoutMarch 22-24, 2012Palm Valley Golf CourseGoodyear, Ariz. THIS WEEKThe Air Force golf team begins play at the 2012 Desert Shootout on Thursday, March 22 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 Course. One round will be played each day, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Rounds one and two will tee off from holes one and 10, while round three will be a shotgun start. THE FIELDFifteen teams are slated to compete in this week’s tournament. They are: Air Force, Boise State, BYU, Creighton, Denver, Idaho, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Diego, Southern Utah, Tulsa and Wichita State. Making the trip for Air Force will be Robert Belz, Caleb Leestma, Kyle Westmoreland, Blake Edwards and Andrew Hoops. Jack Howard and Todd Berglund will participate as individuals. 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 OUTThe Falcons finished in 15th place at the General Hackler Championship in Georgetown, S.C., March 11-12. The Falcons shot a final-round 319 to finish with a three-round total of 962 on the par-71, 7,189-yard DeBordieu Club.Senior Robert Belz was Air Force’s top individual, finishing in a tie for 45th place with a 16-over par total of 233. He fired a team-best three-over par 74 in the final round on Tuesday. Sophomore Kyle Westmoreland finished 76th at 244, followed by junior Andrew Hoops (77th, 245), freshman Blake Edwards (T78th, 247) and sophomore Miguel Macias (83rd, 257). 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 to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Cowboy Classic, beginning April 9.