Falcons at MW Championships beginning Friday
May 2, 2012
Mountain West ChampionshipsMay 4-6, 2012OMNI Tucson NationalTucson, Ariz. THIS WEEKThe Air Force golf team opens play at the 2012 Mountain West Championships on Friday, May 4 in Tucson, Ariz. The three-day tournament takes place at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. 18 holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. (PT). THE FIELDAll eight MW teams are slated to compete in the 54-hole championship. They are: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado Sate, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State, TCU and Wyoming. Competing for Air Force will be Kyle Westmoreland, Robert Belz, Andrew Hoops, Caleb Leestma and Phillip Colwell. LAST YEAR AT THE MW CHAMPIONSHIPSLed by Robert Belz, the Air Force golf team finished eighth at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, being held at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. The Falcons, who posted a score of 292 in the final round, ended the tournament with a 23-over-par 875, finishing just one stroke behind Utah.Belz, the Falcons’ top finisher at the 2010 MWC Championship, tied for seventh place individually this year, carding a 212 (-1) for the tournament. It marked the best conference finish for an Air Force golfer since 2005, when Tyler Goulding tied for seventh place. AIR FORCE HEAD COACH George KouryAir Force head coach George Koury is in his 10th season at the helm of the Falcons’ golf program. After serving three seasons as an assistant under legendary coach Gene Miranda, Koury took over the program at the start of the 2002-03 season.Koury, a 1993 Academy graduate and former team captain and MVP, has helped the Falcons continue their dominance at the Service Academy Golf Classic, winning 15 straight titles at the event. In addition, he led Air Force to the team title at the 2005 Falcon Invitational, marking the first time since the inaugural event in 1969 that the team won its own tournament outright. LAST TIME OUTThe Air Force men’s golf team shot a six-over par 294 last Saturday in the final round to finish in a tie for sixth place with Boise State at the Cougar Classic, hosted by Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. The Falcons finished with a 15-over par total of 879 on the par-72, 7,142-yard Riverside Golf Club.Sophomore Kyle Westmoreland led the Falcons on Saturday, firing a one-under par 71 the final round for a three-round total of one-under par 215. Westmoreland secured his fifth career top-10 finish by tying for 10th place with Blake Biddle of UNLV. Senior Robert Belz finished in a tie for 21st with a total of 221, followed by junior Andrew Hoops, who finished in a tie for 28th with a total of 223 and sophomore Philip Colwell, whose total of 224 placed him in a tie for 33rd. Senior Caleb Leestma rounded out the squad with a 226 and 41st place.