Boise State's Dash Thomas Memorial golf tournament begins Monday

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 23, 2013 

A Boise State men’s golf team with a decidedly local flavor will play its only home tournament of the season this week.

The Broncos, with six Treasure Valley golfers on the nine-man roster, host the Dash Thomas Memorial on Monday and Tuesday at BanBury Golf Club. Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday (36 holes) and 8 a.m. Tuesday (18 holes).

“The level (of play) around here has really come up a bunch,” coach Kevin Burton said. “This was a good crop and it’s good to keep the locals around here playing.”

The local Broncos include freshman Mark Brassey (Timberline High), freshman David Elliott (Cole Valley Christian), freshman Kyle Mitsunaga (Boise), senior Jordan Skyles (Eagle), junior Ty Travis (Eagle) and junior Jon VanDyk (Eagle).

All are scheduled to play in the 12-team tournament, which features strong entries from Cal State Fullerton, Stetson and Grand Canyon.

Skyles (Oregon) and Travis (Weber State) are two of the Broncos’ best players. They chose to go out of state after high school but transferred back to Boise State.

“They’re really happy to be back,” Burton said. “Ty is playing fantastic. Jordan had a great summer.”

This is the second of five fall events for the Broncos. They were up and down in the opener in Pullman, Wash., but showed their potential with an even-par 280 in the second round. Travis shot 65 in that round.

“They’re good. They just need to play like they know they can and I think we can compete week in and week out,” Burton said. “But we are young, so hopefully they get experience and get a little confidence quickly so we don’t have to go through a learning curve.”

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