April 23, 2014
Mountain West Championships
April 25-27, 2014
OMNI Tucson National | Tucson, Ariz.
The Air Force golf team opens play at the 2014 Mountain West Championships on Friday, April 25 in Tucson, Ariz. The three-day tournament takes place at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. Each day, 18 holes will be played beginning at 7 a.m. (PT).
All 11 MW teams are slated to compete in the 54-hole championship. They are: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico, Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah State and Wyoming. Comprising the five-man team for Air Force will be seniors Kyle Westmoreland, Jack Howard, Philip Colwell and Todd Berglund and freshman Sunwoo Choi.
LAST YEAR AT THE MW CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Air Force golf team fired a final round team score of 297 (+13) and tied the best finish ever in a conference tournament by placing fourth at the 2013 Mountain West Championships, held at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. Air Force, which also finished fourth at the 1993 Western Athletic Conference Championships, posted a three-round total of 875 (+23). The Falcons previous best finish at the Mountain West Championships was sixth place in 2010.
Individually, junior Kyle Westmoreland led the Falcons with a three-round total of even-par 213, good for an eighth-place tie with UNLV's Kurt Kitayama. Westmoreland, who posted AFA's second top 10 finish since 2005, fired a team-best one-over par 72 on Sunday. Fellow junior Philip Colwell followed in 18th place with a total of 219 (+6) after a 78 in the final round.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Kyle Westmoreland shot a final round 69 Tuesday to finish in a tie for second-place and lead the Air Force golf team to a fourth-place finish at the OIGO UCSB Intercollegiate at the par-72 Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Falcons shot a five-over par 293 on Tuesday for a three-round total of 876 (+12), seven shots behind tournament champion Long Beach State.
Westmoreland, the only player in the tournament to break 70 in the final round, finished with a three-round total of two-under par 214 for his fourth top-five finish this season and ninth in his career. After falling to +1 on the day with bogeys at 9 and 10, Westmoreland played the final eight holes in four-under par, including an eagle at the par-5 13th hole. He and Utah's Casey Halliday finished two strokes behind individual medalist Owen Taylor of Sacramento State.
HEAD COACH George Koury
Air Force head coach George Koury is in his 12th 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.