Men's Golf Opens Season At Miranda Falcon Invitational This Weekend


RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada’s men’s golf team will head to Colorado Springs to open the 2009-10 season at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Sept. 19-20. The Air Force golf team will host the tournament at the par 72, 7,301-yard Eisenhower Golf Club- Blue Course.

ABOUT THE GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITATIONAL: Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and the final round of 18 on Sunday with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. Pacific Time each day.

The 19 teams competing the in 41st annual Falcon Invitational include tournament host Air Force, Air Force JV, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, San Diego, Southern Utah, UAB, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Washington State, Weber State and Wyoming.

Daily results and a recap will be posted at

NEVADA’S LINEUP: Nevada’s lineup for the Falcon Invitational includes junior Scott Smith (Fallon, Nev.), senior Ryan Hallisey (Granite Bay, Calif.), senior Jared Becher (Reno, Nev.), senior Taylor Coffman (San Diego, Calif) and senior Travis Esway (Granite Bay, Calif.)

MEET THE WOLF PACK MEN’S GOLF TEAM: Director of Golf Adam Pohll will begin his second year as head coach of the Wolf Pack men’s golf team season at Nevada with eight returning letterwinners, including seniors Jared Becher (Redding, Calif.), Taylor Coffman (San Diego, Calif.), Ryan Hallisey (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Greg Wenzel (Sparks Nev.), juniors Chris Cho (San Diego, Calif.), Chris Plappert (Las Vegas, Nev.), Scott Smith (Fallon, Nev.) and Kellen Watabu, (Kapaa, Hawaii).

New to the Wolf Pack this year are junior Andrew Augustyniak (Tempe, Ariz.), freshman Joshua Baskins, (Redding, Calif.) and senior Travis Esway (Granite Bay, Calif.). Augustyniak comes to Nevada as a transfer from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College where he earned All-America honors, while Esway was an honorable-mention All-American and two-time All-Pac-10 selection at the University of Arizona before coming to Nevada. Baskins was a four-time American League Conference MVP at University Prep in Redding, Calif.

2008-09 SEASON IN REVIEW: Last year, the Wolf Pack finished in the top 10 in nine of 11 tournaments, including five top five showings and a win in the Stevinson Ranch Invitational in April. First-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection Scott Smith led the team with a 72.79 stroke average and seven top 20 finishes. Two-time second-team All-WAC selection Ryan Hallisey was second on the team with a 73.12 stroke average. Hallisey won the California State Fair Men's Amateur Championship with a tournament total of 11-under par this summer. Senior returner Taylor Coffman was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America for 2008-09, while Coffman, Hallisey and Jared Becher, who also earned second-team All-WAC accolades, were all tied for second on the team with four top 20 finishes last season.

UP NEXT: Following the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, the Wolf Pack will head to Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 28-29 for the Gustina Memorial Classic. Oregon State will host the tournament at the Trysting Tree Golf Course.

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