The Stetson men’s golf team is branching out to help boost a national profile and will hope to shoot some eagles in Eagle, Idaho when the Hatters compete in the Dash Thomas Memorial, hosted by Boise State at the BanBury Golf Course.
Eliott Azoulay, Zach Stark, David Torres, Dustin Dingus and Dirk Kuehler will make up the traveling squad for the trip west to represent Stetson. Kuehler and Dingus both earned their spots on the travel team with their solid play in the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge in South Carolina.
Shotgun starts are at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday and 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday at the par-71 6,890-yard venue. Stetson will be the only team from east of Utah in a western-based field that also includes Cal State Fullerton, Concordia (Ore.), Grand Canyon, Idaho, Sacramento State, Seattle, Southern Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State along with the host Broncos. The event is a new tournament added to the Hatters’ schedule this year.
“In an event last season at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, we beat the Broncos and secured an invite from Boise State coach Kevin Burton,” Stetson head coach Larry Watson said of how the unusual cross-country scheduling came about. “Coach Burton and I have been friends for about 12 years since we meet while Kevin was playing on the PGA Tour. He was very impressed by our team last year and thought we might like to come west and see how things are in the high desert.
“I am looking forward to Boise. I have many of my friends from Titleist in that area and I really love the courses. I think the team will enjoy seeing a different part of our country.”
The Hatters are coming off a disappointing start of the season after their first event, but know that the season is young and time for improvement abounds.
“After qualifying, I am happy for the golfers who played their way onto the traveling squad,” Watson said. “This is always the hardest part for me, leaving six members of the team behind. It probably affects me more than them; but, that is completion and hopefully we will continue to improve. Our goals are very high for this team and I believe they will work hard to achieve what they want to do for the team and the University.”