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Smithhisler Ties for 11th to Pace Pilots at the Purple and Red Invitational

Sept. 26, 2007

LAYTON, Utah --- Freshman Justin Smithhisler closed with a final-round 69 to tie for 11th place individually and help the Portland Pilots men's golf team finish seventh at the Purple and Red Invitational, which concluded on Tuesday at the Valley View Golf Course. Originally slated for 54 holes, the tourney was trimmed to 36 holes due to inclement weather.

Smithhisler finished with a two-under 142 on the par-72 course.

Boise State swept both the team and individual titles. The Broncos totaled a 567, one stroke better than runner-up and tournament co-host Utah. Idaho placed third with a 570, Wyoming was fourth with a 576, while tourney co-host Weber State and Santa Clara tied for fifth with a final score of 579.

UP just missed making it a three-way tie for fifth place, finishing with a 583 at the 18-team tournament.

BSU's Troy Merritt finished on op of the field with a 10-under 134. Merritt closed with a final-round 65 en route to a three-stroke win over second place finisher Mike May of Wyoming. Idaho's Ben Weyland and Utah State's Devin Daniels tied for third with a 139.

Senior Joel Johnson was Portland's second top finisher, tying for 29th place. Johnson finished at +4 with a 146 (73-73). Sophomore Thomas Robertson was a stroke back of Johnson and tied for 37th place, while sophomore Terence Macatangay tied for 44th with a 148 (76-72). Freshman Jake Wagner concluded Portland's scoring with a 164 (87-77).

Next up for the Pilots is a trip to Simi Valley, Calif., for the Bill Cullum Invitational. The two-day tournament is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at the Wood Ranch Golf Club.

Purple and Red Invitational - Final Results
Valley View Golf Course (Layton, Utah) - Par 72 - 7,147 yards

Team Scores: 1. Boise State (289-278) 567; 2. Utah (283-285) 568; 3. Idaho (288-282) 570; 4. Wyoming (291-285) 576; t5. Weber State (290-289) 579; t5.Santa Clara (286-293) 579; 7. Portland (296- 287) 583; t8. Sacramento State (289-295) 584; t8.Southern Utah (293-291) 584; 10. Hartford (295-293) 588; 11. Binghamton (292-298) 590; 12. Texas Pan American (291-302) 593; 13. Utah Valley State (297-298) 595; 14. Utah State (299-301) 600; 15. Gonzaga (303-303) 606; 16. Northern Colorado (308-299) 607; 17. Idaho State (304-304) 608; 18. Dixie State CC (310-307) 617.

Individual Leaders: 1. Troy Merritt, Boise St. (69-65) 134, -10; 2. Mike May, Wyoming (69-68) 137, -7; t3. Ben Weyland, Idaho (71-68) 139, -5; t3. Devin Daniels, Utah State (71-68) 139, -5; 5. Dustin Pimm, Utah (73-67) 140, -4.

Portland Scores: t11. Justin Smithhisler (73-69) 142, -2; t29. Joel Johnson (73-73) 146, +2; t37. Thomas Robertson (74-73) 147, +3; t44. Terence Macatangay (76-72) 148, +4; 102. Jake Wagner (87-77) 164, +20.