The Air Force golf team will travel to Maui for the Ka’anapali Collegiate, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-5, at the Ka’anapali Golf Club, Royal Ka’anapali Course.
The 20-team field will be participating in a 54-hole tournament at the par 71, 6,700-yard course. The golfers will play 18 holes each day starting at 8:30 a.m. HT in a shotgun start.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Competing Teams: Air Force, Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Gonzaga, Hawai‘i, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kent State, Louisiana State, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Air Force was idle last week. The Air Force golf team finished in 10th place at the annual Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational, hosted by UTEP, Oct. 20-22, at the Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, Texas. UTEP won the tournament with a 54-hole team score of 839 (13-under par). Marquette was second (849, -3) and Oral Roberts was third (858, +6). The Falcons came in at 890 (+38), finishing nine strokes ahead of Army’s 899. Juniors Tate Tatom and Andy German led the Falcons, tying for 41st overall at 223 (+10)
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Junior Tate Tatom leads the team with a 72.33 stroke average for the season. He has seven rounds that are par or better, with a season-best 69 at the CSU Ram Masters. Junior Bryant Falconello is at 73.07 for the season while sophomore Joseph Crisostomo is at 73.67. Falconello has seven 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.
WHITNEY ON THE TOUR
Former Air Force golfer Tom Whitney, a 2010 Academy graduate, shot a 63 on Monday at the Boulder Creek Golf Club to qualify for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, Nov. 2-5, at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nev. Whitney will be the first former Falcon to play in a PGA event. Whitney ranks 89th on the Web.Com Tour, having a stroke average of 70.38 and one top-10 finish in 15 events. Whitney shot a 13-under 271 to tie for fifth Lincoln Land Charity Championship, June 22-25, 2017, in Springfield, Ill. The native of La Quinta, Calif., was the Falcons’ team MVP in 2010. A finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, he was a two-time all-Mountain West selection and two-time NCAA Regional qualifier.
ON THE HORIZON
The Ka’anapali Collegiate closes out the Fall season for the Falcons. The Spring season begins Feb. 25-26 at the Loyola Intercollegiate, Feb. 25-26, in Goodyear, Ariz.