Falcons Head To Tucker Invitational
Sept. 19, 2006
The Air Force golf team returns to action this weekend, Sept. 22-23, at the William H. Tucker Invitational, hosted by New Mexico. The tournament will take place at the 7,350-yard, par 72 UNM Championship Course. The 54-hole tournament features two rounds on Friday, with the final round on Sunday. Each day will begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., with live scoring available on Golfstat.com.
Scouting the Falcons... Air Force is coming off a solid showing at its season-opening tournament, its own Falcon Invitational. Finishing at an even-par 864, the Falcons took fourth place in the event, which featured new tournament records by team champion Xavier and medalist Jason Kokrak.
Leading the way for the Falcons was newcomer Tom Whitney, who finished tied for fourth at 211, while senior Tyler Goulding tied for 10th place at 214. Others competing for the Air Force varsity team were Matt Tanis, Chad Follett and Andrew Gibson, while junior Bob Whitney paced the Air Force Blue team, finishing at 220.
The Field... Twenty-one teams are slated to compete in this year's invitational, including six teams from the Mountain West Conference. The full list, with Golf World/Golfweek preseason rankings in parentheses, follows: Air Force, Arizona (17/13), BYU (12/6), Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico JV, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, St. Edwards, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M (7/10), Texas Tech (24/23), Tulsa, UNLV (13/5), UTEP and Wyoming.
Falcons In the Record Book... With its performance at the Falcon Invitational, Air Force made a few new entries in the program's record books. The Falcons' team score of 864 (E) ranks second on the list of lowest team scores (54-holes) in school history. Meanwhile, freshman Tom Whitney and senior Tyler Goulding both made their marks on the individual record book. Whitney, who finished with a three-round score of 211, ranks tied for eighth-place in the individual record books, while his third-round score of 66 at Eisenhower is tied for the lowest in Air Force history. Goulding, who fired a 214 for the tournament, ranks tied for 18th on the individual list, and has shot 214 or better nine times in his career, more than any other Air Force golfer.
Up Next... Next up for the Falcons is the Wolf Pack Invitational, hosted by Nevada, Oct. 2-3.