Boise State's Brian Humphreys Shares Medalist Honors At Ogio Utah Invitational
PARK CITY, Utah - Freshman Brian Humphreys carded six birdies over the final nine holes of the Ogio Utah Invitational to shoot a two-under 69 in the second round and finish the 36-hole event at three-under (139), sharing medalist honors with Lamar's Zander Gous. Humphreys' first-career win, in just his second collegiate tournament, helped pace Boise State to a fourth-place finish in the 10-team field with a team score of 584 (+16, 291-293).
He is Boise State's first medalist since Ty Travis finished in a three-way tie for first at the Folino Golf Invitational on the Ike Course of the Industry Hills Golf Club in City of Industry, Calif. (Feb. 16-17, 2015).
"This is a huge accomplishment for Brian to win in just his second collegiate start," said Boise State head coach Dan Potter. "He has the type of game and maturity that is going to give him a lot more opportunities over the course of his career."
Playing in less-than-ideal weather conditions on the Par-71, 7,129-yard course at The Jeremy Golf & Country Club in Park City a day after play was suspended halfway through the first round due to snow, Humphreys fought through Tuesday's mid-40s temperatures to finish his opening round with a one-under 71. His second round started with two bogies and a double-bogey within the first five holes, and a birdie on No. 7 got him to three-over at the final turn. From there, it was a flip of the script as the Washougal, Wash., native birdied No. 10, scored par on No. 11 then went on a run of four-straight birdies to get to two-under for the round. Humphreys would birdie the par-3 17th before dropping a stroke with a bogey at No. 18 to finish the back nine with a 31 and the round at 69 (-2).
Humphreys took a one-stroke lead into the clubhouse but Gous would birdie No. 18 to pull into the tie for medalist honors.
Donny Hopoi (73-75) and Danny Byers (76-72) would each end the tournament in the top 20, tying for 18th at 148 (+6), while Tristan Rohrbaugh was a stroke behind them at 149 (+8, 72-77). David Elliott finished at 156 (+14, 79-77) to round out the Bronco quintet. Connor Bell, competing as an individual, finished tied for 50th with a 159 (+17, 79-80).
"It was a disappointing finish for the team; we need more guys shooting par. We're capable, we're just not getting it done," Potter noted.
Lamar captured the team title with a final score of 577 (+9, 289-288), followed by host Utah at 580 (+12, 299-281) and Weber State at 581 (+13, 294-287).