Air Force Hosts Falcon Invitational Beginning Sunday

    Junior Philip Colwell
    Junior Philip Colwell

    Sept. 6, 2012

    44th Annual Falcon Invitational
    Sept. 9-10, 2012
    Eisenhower Blue Golf Course / USAFA, Colo.

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    Coming Up ...
    The Air Force golf team hosts the 44th annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the par-72, 7,363-yard Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 9-10. The 54-hole tournament is slated to begin with two rounds on Sunday with an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start, while the final round will begin Monday at 8:15 a.m.

    About the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational ...
    This fall, the Falcon Invitational enters its 44th season. Formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Invitational and the Pikes Peak Invitational, the event was re-named the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in 2003, in honor of the legendary coach who headed up the Air Force program for 25 years. Last season, UNLV defeated Colorado in a one-hole playoff to capture its first team title. The two teams were tied after 54 holes with a score of 844 (-20). Meanwhile, UNLV’s Kevin Penner and Ball State’s T.J. Carpenter tied for medalist honors, each shooting a seven-under par total of 209.

    The Field ...
    Sixteen teams are slated to compete in this year’s invitational. They are: Air Force, Air Force JV, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, UCCS, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, UTEP, Weber State and Wyoming.

    Last Time Out ...
    The Falcons competed against the University of Colorado on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in an individual tournament at Ballyneal Golf Club in Holyoke, Colo. Senior Andrew Hoops posted the best score for the Falcons with a two-round total of 10-over par 152, good for seventh place overall. Juniors Jack Howard and Philip Colwell tied for eighth at 153 (+11), while fellow junior Ryan Kramer placed 10th with a total of 157 (+15).

    Eisenhower Blue Course ...
    The Eisenhower Golf Club--Blue Course opened in 1959 and is named after former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who took part in the dedication ceremony. In 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 Conference home courses to be recognized (New Mexico’s Championship Course is listed at No. 16).

    Up Next ...
    The Falcons will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Ram Masters Invitational on Mon.-Tues., Sept. 17-18.

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