Air Force Golfers Head to Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

    Junior Kyle Bailey
    Junior Kyle Bailey

    Oct. 23, 2009

    The Air Force golf team returns to action Oct. 26-27, at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, hosted by New Mexico State at the par-72, 7,074-yard NMSU Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will feature two rounds on Monday, with the final round to be played Tuesday. Each day will begin with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start.

    Last Time Out...
    The Air Force golf team finished first at the Service Academy Golf Classic Oct. 5-6, winning its 13th-consecutive title at the event. The Falcons, scoring the low five individuals in each round, posted a team score of 1093 to finish 23 strokes ahead of second-place Army.

    Junior Kyle Bailey captured medalist honors at the event with a 5-under-par 211, leading an Air Force sweep of the top three spots. Senior Tom Whitney finished second with a score of 216, while sophomore Robert Belz placed third at 219. Also earning All-SAGC honors was freshman Andrew Hoops, who tied for sixth in the individual standings.

    The Field...
    The field for this week's tournament includes 17 teams. The complete field, with Golfweek/Sagarin rankings in parentheses, follows: Air Force (109), Boise State (162), Idaho (137), Illinois State (86), Kansas (93), Kansas State (50), Nebraska(83), Nevada (63), New Mexico State (115), North Texas (136), Rhode Island (181), Santa Clara (101), Texas State (102), UNLV (17), UTEP (196), Washington State (66) and Western New Mexico.

    In the Rankings...
    According to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings (updated Oct. 22), senior Tom Whitney ranks among the top 100 individuals in college golf, coming in at No. 76. Meanwhile, his season stroke average of 70.78 ranks third in the Mountain West Conference among golfers with less than 10 rounds played.

     

     

    Finishing First...
    Junior Kyle Bailey captured the first medalist honors of his career at the Service Academy Golf Classic, winning the event with a three-round score of 211 (-5). Prior to the event, Bailey's best tournament finish was a tie for third place at the 2008 Ron Moore Fall Invitational.

    Air Force Athlete of the Week...
    Junior Kyle Bailey was named the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Oct. 12 for his performance at the Service Academy Golf Classic, held Oct. 5-6. Bailey captured the first medalist honors of his career at the SAGC, winning the event with a three-round score of 211 (-5). His second-round 65 was a career low and the best by an Air Force golfer this season.

    Paced by Bailey's victory, the Falcons, who took the top three spots in the individual standings, claimed their 13th-straight team victory in the 15-year history of the event, defeating Army, Navy and the Merchant Marines.

    In the Record Books...
    With his performance in the first two tournaments of the season, senior Tom Whitney has added a pair of entries into the Air Force record books. His score of 210 at the Tucker Invitational currently ranks tied for the 11th-lowest individual tournament score in school history, while his score of 211 at the Falcon Invitational is tied for 17th-lowest.

    Whitney now owns 11 of the 28 lowest individual scores in Air Force history--the second-most represented name on the list is 2007 graduate Tyler Goulding with five. In addition, Whitney has fired a 214 or lower in a 54-hole tournament 16 times, surpassing Goulding's mark of 13.

    In addition, following his performance at the Service Academy Golf Classic, Whitney also now posted a top-three finish eight times in his career, the second-most top-three finishes in school history. Ben Leestma, a 2002 graduate, holds the Academy record for most career top-three finishes with nine, including seven individual titles.

    Meanwhile, junior Kyle Bailey added an entry to the Academy record books as well with his performance at the SAGC. His three-round total of 211 is tied for 17th-lowest in school history, while he also added the first tournament win of his career and second top-three showing. In addition, sophomore Robert Belz finished in the top three of an event for the first time in his career, placing third at the SAGC with a score of 219.

    As a team, Air Force shot 866 at the Falcon Invitational, a mark which ranks as the seventh-lowest team tournament score in school history. In addition, it is the team's second-lowest score ever at the event.

    Up Next...
    The Falcons wrap up their 2009 fall schedule Nov. 2-4 at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by Hawaii.

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