April 7, 2013
April 8-9, 2013
Talking Stick Golf Club | Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Air Force golf team begins play at the 11th annual Cowboy Classic on Monday, April 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The two-day tournament, hosted by the University of Wyoming, takes place at the par-70, 7,133-yard North Course at the Talking Stick Golf Club. The first two rounds will be played Monday, while the final round is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10. Each day of action will begin with a 7:30 a.m. (PT) shotgun start.
In addition to Air Force and host Wyoming, 22 other teams are slated to compete in this week’s tournament. They are: Arizona, Gonzaga, Colorado, Old Dominion, Northern Colorado, Weber State, UC Santa Barbara, Nevada, Boise State, Santa Clara, Kansas State, Colorado State, UTEP, UC Northridge, Utah State, Wichita State, Utah, Idaho, UC Riverside, Hawaii, Tulsa and St. Mary’s College. The Falcons will send Kyle Westmoreland, Andrew Hoops, Philip Colwell, Jack Howard and Blake Edwards 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 14 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
Air Force finished in a tie for eighth place at the 2013 Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz. The Falcons fired a final round 292 Saturday on the par 71, 6,925-yard Palm Valley Golf Club Saturday to finish with a three-round total of 13-over par 865, tying with Tulsa, Kansas and Idaho.
Senior Andrew Hoops and junior Philip Colwell were the top individuals for Air Force, tying for 23rd place with a two-over par total of 215. Colwell and junior Kyle Westmoreland, who tied for 33rd place, each shot a team-best 71 on Saturday.
LAST YEAR AT THE COWBOY CLASSIC
The Falcons shot a two-over par 282 in the final round to finish in 10th place at the 2012 Cowboy Classic. Air Force finished with a three-over par total of 843.
Senior Caleb Leestma led the Falcons, firing a career-best 67 in the final round for a three-round total of one-under par 209. He finished in a tie for 23rd overall, as did sophomore Kyle Westmoreland after a three-over par 73 on Tuesday. Senior Robert Belz finished in a tie for 43rd with a total of 212, one shot better than junior Andrew Hoops, who finished in a tie for 49th.
Air Force will play in the PING Cougar Classic on April 26-27 in Provo, Utah.