Falcons Head to Provo for Cougar Classic
April 26, 2012
PING Cougar ClassicApril 27-28, 2012Riverside Country ClubProvo, Utah THIS WEEKThe Air Force golf team begins play at the PING Cougar Classic on Friday, April 27 in Provo, Utah. The two-day tournament, hosted by BYU, takes place at the par-72, 7,142-yard Riverside Country Club. The first two rounds will be played Friday, while the final round is scheduled for Saturday, April 28. THE FIELDEight teams are slated to compete in this week’s tournament. They are: Air Force, BYU, Boise State, Colorado Sate, UNLV, Southern Utah, Utah State and Wyoming. Making the trip for Air Force will be Robert Belz, Kyle Westmoreland, Andrew Hoops, Caleb Leestma and Phillip Colwell. 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 shot a two-over par 282 in the final round to finish in 10th place at the 2012 Cowboy Classic, hosted by the University of Wyoming, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Falcons finished with a three-over par total of 843 on the par-70, 7,133-yard Talking Stick North Golf Course.Senior Caleb Leestma led the Falcons on Tuesday, 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.Sophomore Philip Colwell, playing as an individual, tied for 92nd with a total of 221 and freshman Blake Edwards rounded out the squad with a 226 and tied for 113th. UP NEXTAir Force travels to Tucson, Ariz., for the 2012 Mountain West Championships beginning on Friday, May 4.