The Air Force golf team will travel to Maricopa, Ariz., for the annual Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.
The 10-team field will be participating in a 54-hole tournament at the par 72, 7,546-yard Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. The golfers will play 36 holes in a shotgun start on Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 7:30 am. Sunday’s shotgun start will be at 7:30 am.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Competing Teams: Air Force, Boise State, Cal Poly, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, Sam Houston State, Utah Valley, Washington State, Western Kentucky and Wyoming.
HISTORY OF THE WYOMING SOUTHERN DUNES INVITATIONAL
Air Force has never played in the Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational. The fall event was held in 2014 and 2015 (not in 2016) and Idaho won the tournament both years. Last season, Air Force competed in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, April 10-11, at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. However, that is a completely separate event held in the spring.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
The Denver Paintbrush Invitational, scheduled for Oct. 9-10, was cancelled due to weather.
Most recently, the Falcons tied their best-ever performance in the annual Mark Simpson Invitational, hosted by the University of Colorado, Sept. 25-26, at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.
The Falcons’ 861 (-3) team score and sixth-place finish tie as its best ever in the CU Invitational. Utah and Colorado tied for the team title in the 19-team tournament, each shooting a 54-hole total of 842, 22-under par. Wyoming was third (846), followed by UC Riverside (858), Oregon State (860) and Air Force (861).
Junior Bryant Falconello recorded his best tournament while at the Academy, carding a three-round total of 207, nine-under par. Falconello placed fourth among 107 individuals. After an opening round 69, he fired a career-best 68 in round two. In the final round, he closed the tournament with a two-under 70. Sophomore Joseph Crisostomo tied for fifth overall with a seven-under 209. During the 54-hole tournament, his 15 birdies tied for the fifth most of any player in the tournament. Crisostomo posted three rounds under par during the tournament (71-68-70). Junior Tate Tatom shot a three-over, 219, for the tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Junior Tate Tatom leads the team with a 71.44 stroke average for the season. He has six rounds that are par or better, with a season-best 69 at the CSU Ram Masters. Junior Bryant Falconello is at 72.33 for the season while sophomore Joseph Crisostomo is at 72.44. Falconello has five rounds at par or better with a season-best 68 at the CU Invitational. Crisostomo has four rounds at par or better and has matched his career-best round of 68 in both the Falcons and CU Invitationals.