Table of Content ts
Fa alcon Fa acts s
Ge ene ner ral Information Table of Contentss / Fa Falcon Faccts ........................................................ 1
Ge ene era r l Info form rmation Locaati t on ..................................................... USSAF Academy, Colo lo o. Foun ndeed ......................................................................................19544 Nickn name ..............................................................................Falconss Colorrs........................................................................Blue and Silve veer Enrolllm ment ................................................................................4, 4,00 000 00 Affi Af fili l ation .......................................................... NCAA Div iviisio on I Conferrence ............................................................ Moun untaain n West es Superinten Su en ndent ................................... Lt. Gen. Mic iche hell he llee Jo ll John hn on hn hnso A hletic Dirrector................. .....................................Dr At Dr. Ha Dr Han ns J. Mu ns Mueh Athletticc Dep pt. Pho hone n .................................................. 71 ne 719/ 9/33 9/ 3 3-40 4008 40
Coa Co aching / Sup uppo port Staff f Head Coach George Koury......... y ........................................................ 2 Associate Head Coach Chris Wilson ............................................. 3 2012-1 13 Season 2013-14 Schedule................................................................................. 4 2013-14 Roster..................................................................................... 5 Meet Th he Falcons Player Bios ......................................................................................6-25 Tourn na naments Gene Miranda Falcon Invitatio onal .................................................. 26 S rvice Academy Golf Classic ........................................................ 27 Se Fac cil lities Go olf Learning Center ....................................................................... 28 Eisen nhower Golf Club .................................................................... 29 2011-12 Sea as ason in Review 20 2012-13 3 Team Results..................................................................... 30 2013-13 In Indi d vidual Results ............................................................ 311 The Mou untain West The Co Conferen nccee ................................................................................ 32 Confference Hissto t ryy .............................................................................. 33 Air Fo Air orce History Year Ye ar by-Ye ar-b Year ar Histo oryy ..................................................................... 34 AllAl l-Am Ameericans ..................................................................................... 35 Falc Fa l on Recordss ..............................................................................36-337 The Ac Th cad adem emy y Academ emicc Succceess................................................................................................... 38 Sttrength & Con ndi diti tion onin ingg............................................................... 39 Coloraado Spr p in ings gs............................................................................ 40 Denver............................................................................................... 41 Air Force So Song ng..................................................................................... 422 Falcon Pageaant ntryy .................................................................................... 43 Thee Fa Th Falc lcon on ................................................................................................ 44 Airr Fo Ai Forc r e Ac Acad adem emyy ............................................................................. 45 45 Accad dem emyy Le Lead ader e ship hip............................................................................................ 46 Athletic Director Dr. Hans Mueh ................................................ 47 Air Force At Ai Athl hlet hl etiics ic ........................................................................................................ 48
Team m Inf nform ma on mation n Head Coach ..................................................................... George Koury Alm ma Mater .................................................................... USAFA ‘93 Yeaar at Air Force .......................................................................... 12th th Offiice Phone ............................................................... 719/333-2280 Officce Faxx .................................................................. 71 719/ 9/33 3333-08 0820 2 Emaaill ...................................................... ge g firstname.lastname@example.org Asso ociiate Head Coach .............................................Chris Wilson Almaa Mater ............................................... Lo oui u siana-Monroe ‘01 Hom me Cou ours r e ............................................ Eisen nh nhower Golf Club Course se Pho h ne............................................................ 719/333-2606
Ath hletic Communica ati tion ns Associate A.D./C A Com mmunications ......... ....................... Trroy Gar a nhart Assiist stan antt Director (Go Golf lf Con onta nta t ct ct)).....................................Jerryy Cr Cros osss os Offi Of fice c Phonee ................................................................ 71 7 9//33 3333-3950 Offfi Of fice Faxx ................................................................................ ........... 7119//333333-3798 37798 C lll Phone Ce ho o ......................................................................... 71 719/ 9 338-08044 9/ Emai Em ail ............................ ................................................ je jerry.cr cro oss@ s@u usaf afaa.ed edu Websit We itee .......................................................... goairffor orce c fa ce falc lcon on ns.com Mailin ingg Ad ddr dres ess: s: ................................................. 2169 Fieeld Hou ousse Drivee ............................................................................USSAF AFA, A, CO 80840 W bsite .................................................................. goai We airf rfor orceefa f lccons.com
The Mo The Th Mounta ain Wes st Comm mis ission ner....... .. ............................... .. ........................ Cr C aig Thom ompson Asso As soc. Commiissio ioneer/Go Golf lf Con onta tact ct .....................Javvan va He Hedl d un dl und d Offi fice ce Pho hone ne.............................................................................(719 19) 9) 488-4051 Offi Of fice ce Fax ax.................................................................. ..........(77199) 48 4 7-72241 E-Mail ....................................................... jh hed e lu l email@example.com Mail Ma ilin il ingg Ad in A dr dreess ess ............... .. ................ 15 1545 4 5 Gl 45 Gleene eneagle Dr..,., Sui uite te 200 ................................................................. Coloraado do Spr p in inggs, CO C 80921 Webs We bsit itte ................................................................ww www. w th t emwc.com
Cre edits s Thee 20 2013-114 Air Force golf media guid de was de as written, edited an nd design gn gned n by assistant athletic comm muni nica caations director Jerryy Cr Je C os oss. Editori r al assistance pr p ov ovided by th thee at athl hlet e ic media rela re l ti t on onss staf taff. f. Photo toss prov ovid ided d by DeenM Marr Services, as well ass Treevo vor Br Brow own, n, Jr./N /NCA CAA A Ph Phot otos os and n Ste t phen n Nowland/ NC CAA AA Pho h tos.
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 1
Head Coach George Koury No stranger to Air Force golf, George Koury is currently The Koury File in his 12th season as the head coach of the Academy’s golf program. Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M. Koury led the Falcons to new heights in 2012-13, producing one of the best seasons in program history. His team won its 16th consecutive Service Academy Classic and shatYears at Air Force: 12th as head tered the school record for team scoring average by more coach, 15th overall than five strokes per tournament. The Falcons also finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships, tying the 1993 squad (WAC) for the best Education: finish at a conference tournament. In addition, Air Force U.S. Air Force Academy, 1993 won the Jackrabbit Invitaional with a school-record threeB.S. in engineering mechanics round total of 829, beating the previous school record by 11 strokes. Before taking over the program as head coach in 2002, Koury spent three seasons as Playing Experience: an assistant, working with both the varsity and the junior varsity programs. He was also a U.S. Air Force Academy, 1990-93 member of the Falcon golf team from 1990-1993, serving as team captain and earning MVP Team captain/MVP, 1993 honors his final year. At the start of the 2002-03 season, Koury took over for legendary coach Gene Miranda, who had spent 25 years at the helm of the Falcons’ program. The transition from assistant to Coaching Experience: head coach was seamless for Koury. U.S. Air Force Academy Koury has found success throughout his stint with Air Force. He has helped the Falcons Assistant Coach, 1999-2002 continue their unprecedented dominance at the annual Service Academy Golf Classic, bringing home the championship trophy in each of his seasons at the helm of the program. In U.S. Air Force Academy the fall of 2005, Koury helped guide Air Force to a first-place finish at the season-opening Head Coach, 2002-Present Falcon Invitational, marking the team’s first outright championship at its own tournament since 1969. He has guided Air Force to a total of 11 team wins, as well as a runner-up finish at the 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate and the 2013 PING Cougar Classic. Koury has also been successful in recruiting, bringing in several players that have started as freshmen, including 2007 graduate Tyler Goulding, who ranks among the most successful golfers in Academy history, and 2010 graduate Tom Whitney, a participant in both the 2009 U.S. Publinks and U.S. Amateur Tournaments. Koury guided both Goulding and Whitney to all-conference honors, as well as invitations to the NCAA Regionals. Koury has also coached a pair of All-America Scholars in Whitney and 2005 graduate Scott Redmond. Meanwhile, his golfers hold 15 of the 20 lowest individual tournament scores in school history. Recently, Koury brought in Kyle Westmoreland, a senior on this year’s team. Westmoreland captured the individual title at the Service Academy Classic as a sophomore and became the second golfer under Koury to play in the U.S. Publinks when he qualified for the prestigious tournament during the summer of 2012. Last season, Westmoreland led the team with a 71.8 average per round, ranking second in the Mountain West and on AFA’s single-season list behind Tom Whitney’s school-record 71.7 in 2009-10. Westmoreland won the Jackrabbit Invitational with a 15-under par 201, the second-best three-round total in school history. After tying for second at the PING Cougar Classic and eighth at the Mountain West Championships, Westmoreland was selected to play in the NCAA Southwest Regional Tournament, where he finished in a tie for 36th place out of 75 golfers. Koury graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993 with a degree in engineering mechanics and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, serving as a research and development engineer for robotics technologies. In 1996, he moved to Okinawa, Japan, and served as a civil engineer prior to returning to the Academy in June of 1999. Koury is married to the former Jacki Thomas and has three children, David (12), Hannah (9) and Mary (5).
2 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Associate Head Coach Chris Wilson A valuable member of the Air Force coaching and teaching The Wilson File staff, Chris Wilson enters his fourth season with the Air Force golf team. Hometown: Shawnee, Okla. After spending three seasons as an assistant coach, Wilson was promoted to associate head coach in May of 2013. During Year at Air Force: Fourth his three years at the Academy, Wilson has helped the Falcons win the Service Academy Classic each season and assisted last Education: year’s team shatter the school record for average team score by Louisiana-Monroe, 2001 more than five strokes per tournament. Prior to joining the coaching staff at the Academy, Wilson Playing Experience: was the associate head coach at Coastal Carolina University Louisiana-Monroe, 1997-2001 for two seasons. During Wilson’s two-year stint at Coastal Carolina, the Dodge City Comm. Coll., 1996-97 Chanticleers won back-to-back Big South Conference titles, extending their run to seven-straight conference champion- Coaching Experience: ships. In 2009, he helped coach Zack Byrd, a third-team All-American and Big South Golfer U.S. Air Force Academy of the Year. Wilson was also instrumental in the running of the Chants’ program, handling Associate Head Coach, 2013many of the day-to-day operations, helping run the General Hackler Championship and coordinating recruiting. U.S. Air Force Academy Wilson arrived at Coastal Carolina in the fall of 2008 from the University of Louisiana Assistant Coach, 2010-2013 at Monroe, where he spent four and a half years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach. Combined, his Warhawk squads had three tournament wins, 35 top-five team finishes, Coastal Carolina Univ. six individual medalists, 13 all-conference selections and six Golf Coaches Association of Assoc. Head Coach, 2008-10 America and National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars. While at ULM, Wilson led the men’s program to its highest national rankings in 2005 Louisiana-Monroe and 2006, earning Southland Coach of the Year honors in 2006. He also started the women’s Head Coach, 2004-08 program in August 2005 and both squads were consistently ranked among the top gradepoint averages for athletic teams on the ULM campus. He also raised a majority of the funds McNeese State for each of his programs, while also coordinating all aspects of each squad’s practice and Interim Head Coach, 2002-04 travel. Prior to taking over as head coach at ULM, he worked for two years at McNeese State, Louisiana-Monroe starting as the head coach and eventually serving as interim head men’s coach before leavAssistant Coach, 2001-02 ing to take the job at ULM. While there, Wilson coached four-time all-conference selection and current European PGA Tour member Adrien Mork. He also worked with two other all-conference players and helped lead the Cowboys to a pair of team tournament titles. A native of Shawnee, Okla., Wilson started his coaching career at Louisiana-Monroe as an assistant coach for a year, where he helped recruit the 17th-ranked class in the country. That group eventually went on to earn seven all-conference awards, a pair of individual tournament champions and the 2004 Southland Conference Championship. Wilson, who earned his bachelor’s degree from ULM in 2001, was a standout golfer for the Warhawks, playing two years and earning all-conference honors as a senior after winning the New Mexico State Intercollegiate and posting five top-10 finishes on the season. He was also an all-conference selection at Dodge City Community College in 1996-97. Wilson is married to the former Heather Austin of Shreveport, La.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 3 Go
2013-14 Schedule Day Date Sun.-Mon. Sept. 8-9 Host School: Air Force
Opponent Falcon Invitational
Mon.-Tues. Sept. 23-24 Host School: Colorado
Mark Simpson Invitational
Fri.-Sun. Oct. 4-6 Host School: Mercer
Brickyard Collegiate Championship
Mon.-Tues. Oct. 14-15 Host School: UMKC
Bill Ross Invitational
Kansas City, MO
Fri.-Sat. Oct. 25-26 Host School: UTEP
El Paso, TX
Mon.-Tues. Feb. 24-25 Host School: Loyola (Md.)
Sun.-Tues. March 2-4 Host School: South Florida
South Tampa, FL
Sat.-Sun. Mar. 15-16 Host School: N/A
Mon.-Tues. Mar. 24-25 Host School: Oregon
The Duck Invitational
Mon.-Tues. Apr. 7-8 Host School: Wyoming
Mon.-Tues. Apr. 14-15 Host School: UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Fri.-Sun. Thurs.-Sat. Fri.-Wed.
Mountain West Championship NCAA Division I Regionals NCAA Division I Championships
Tucson, AZ TBA Hutchinson, KS
April 25-27 May 15-17 May 23-28
4 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Name Todd Berglund
Hometown / High School Pittsburgh, PA / Shady Side Academy
Pittsburgh, PA / Shady Side Academy
Phoenix, AZ / Boulder Creek HS
Sun Woo Choi
Dublin, CA / Dublin HS
The Woodlands, TX / The Woodlands
Winter Springs, FL / Winter Springs
Pearl City, HI / Kamehameha
Austin, TX / Westlake HS
Cartersville, GA / Cartersville
Calabasas, CA / Chaminade College Prep
Santa Fe, NM / St. Michaelâ€™s
Thornton, CO / Broomfield
Katy, TX / Cinco Ranch
Associate Head Coach:
Jake DeRuyter 2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 5 Go
Meet The Falcons
Todd Berglund Class | Senior Height | 6-0 Weight | 180 Hometown | Pittsburgh, PA Previous School | Shady Side Academy Major | Systems Engineering Management 2012-13 (Junior) Competed in seven events … three of his 20 rounds were under par … fired a career-best 71 three times, the second round of the Ram Masters Invitational, third round at the CU Invitational and the third round of the Desert Shootout … best finish was a 12th place tie at the Service Academy Classic … averaged 77.1 shots per round. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Participated in three events … shot a season-best 72 in the third round of the Falcon Invitational … finished with a nine-over par score of 225 at that tournament … also played at the Service Academy Classic and the Desert Shootout … averaged 77.8 per round. 2010-11 (Freshman) Did not participate in a varsity event. High School Lettered three years in golf ... coached by Philip Beard ... team MVP as a senior ... won award for lowest average throughout the season ... team won section each year ... also lettered four years in hockey ... greatest moment was scoring his first goal of the season with 15 seconds left in his last high school hockey game. Personal Member of cadet squadron 10 ... nickname is “Daddy” ... son of Richard and Rachel Berglund ... has one brother, Troy, who is a freshman and on the golf team at the Academy ... his father played golf at the University of Alabama … wants to become a pilot after graduation ... worked as a flight commander for the USAFA Sports Camps this past summer ... also worked Basic Cadet Training ... active in his squadron as a safety/security officer and assistant flight commander … hobbies include hockey, snowboarding and the outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing) ... favorite food is steak … favorite movie is Wedding Crashers … reality show he would choose to be on is The Bachelor … favorite golf course is Boston Country Club ... would most like to play at Augusta National ... favorite professional golfer is Adam Scott ... favorite book is Decision Points ... person in history he would most like to meet is Ronald Reagan … craziest ambition is to fly Air Force One ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career.
6 -- goairforcefalcons.com
BERGLUND’S CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 7
Meet The Falcons
Philip Colwell Class | Senior Height | 6-0 Weight | 178 Hometown | The Woodlands, TX Previous School | The Woodlands HS Major | Civil Engineering 2012-13 (Junior) Participated in 11 events, did not play at the CU Invitational … finished third on the team with a 73.6 scoring average … 12 of his 31 rounds were under par … shot a career-best 68 in the third round of the Jackrabbit Invitational … finished in a tie for eighth place while helping the team win the title … posted his best career finish with a third-place showing at the Service Academy Classic, leading team to 16th straight team title … had two other top 10 finishes (T8 at the Ballyneal Challenge and T9 at the Falcon Invitational) … finished 18th at the Mountain West Championships and 19th at the PING Cougar Classic. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Competed in nine events, including the Patriot All-America Invitational … finished fifth on the team with a 76.6 scoring average … season-best 15th place at the Service Academy Classic … fired a season-best 73 in the each of the first two rounds of the Cowboy Classic, the third round of the PING Cougar Classic and the first round of the Mountain West Championships … equaled his low round in four of his last nine rounds … finished in a tie for 34th at the conference tournament … posted team’s secondbest score at the Samford Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 231. 2010-11 (Freshman) Only Falcon to compete in all 12 events ... finished second on the team with a 74.7 scoring average ... tied for 36th at the MWC Championships ... fired a season-best 69 in the final round of the PING Cougar Classic, tying the team’s low round of the season ... team’s top performer at the Purple & Red Invitational and Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate ... turned in Air Force’s second-best tournament score of the season at the Purple & Red Invitational, firing an even-par 216 to tie for 15th place ... tied for 13th individually at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with a 3-over-par 216 ... posted Air Force’s second-best finish at the season-opening Falcon Invitational, tying for 21st place with a score of 220 (+4) ... best result was a tie for ninth place at the Service Academy Golf Classic. High School Lettered four years in golf ... coached by Steve Cribari ... won the TJGT Invitational at The Traditions at Texas A&M ... played at the state championship during his junior year ... also earned an academic letter ... Rotary Youth Leadership award nominee. Personal Member of cadet squadron 18 ... son of Wes and Susan Colwell ... has two brothers ... plans to become a pilot ... worked the USAFA Sports Camps and Basic Training this past summer ... active in his squadron as a safety officer ... favorite food is pasta … favorite movie is Super Troopers … reality show he would choose to be on is Big Break … hobby is cars ... person in history he would most like to meet is George Washington … favorite golf courses are St. Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie ... favorite professional golfer is Tiger Woods ... favorite book is The Lone Survivor ... greatest moment is sports was playing in the Southern Amateur Tournament this past summer … credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career … started playing golf at age 13 … would most like to play at Augusta National.
8 -- goairforcefalcons.com
COLWELL’S CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
Low Round 69
Best Finish T, 9th
Top 5 0
Top 10 1
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 9
Meet The Falcons
Jack Howard Class | Senior Height | 6-2 Weight | 160 Hometown | Cartersville, GA Previous School | Cartersville HS Major | Systems Engineering Management 2012-13 (Junior) One of three Falcons to compete in all 12 events … finished fourth on the team with a 74.8 scoring average … career-best fourthplace tie at the Jackrabbit Invitational, helping the Falcons win the team title … shot a five-under par 211 at the Jackrabbit, including a career-best 67 in the third round … had one other sub-70 round, a 69 in the second round of the CU Invitational … seven of his 32 rounds were under par. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Competed in three events … posted a scoring average of 77.6 in his eight rounds … season-best 72 in the third round of the Desert Shootout … finished that tournament with an eight-over par total of 224. 2010-11 (Freshman) Played in one event, the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate ... shot a season-best 79 in the first round. High School Lettered four years in golf ... coached by Tim Graves ... team captain ... won regional tournament in senior year ... state runnerup as a freshman ... finished sixth at the American Junior Golf Association Verizon Wireless Heritage Junior Championship ... Academic Super-Star. Personal Member of cadet squadron 5 ... son of Tommy and Beverly Howard ... has one brother ... would like to become a pilot after graduation ... worked as director of operations for the cadet Wing Command Center this past summer … also completed the powered flight program … active in his squadron as the safety officer … favorite food is steak … hobbies include fishing, hunting, chilling and mudding ... favorite movie is Shooter … favorite golf course is Cartersville Country Club ... would most like to play at Augusta National ... favorite professional golfer is Jason Dufner ... reality show he would choose to be on is Duck Dynasty … favorite book is Lone Survivor ... person in history he’d most like to meet is Ronald Reagan ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career … started playing golf at age 4.
10 -- goairforcefalcons.com
HOWARD’S CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
Low Round 79
Best Finish T, 96th
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 11
Meet The Falcons
Ryan Kramer Class | Senior Height | 5-10 Weight | 185 Hometown | Calabasas, CA Previous School | Chaminade College Prep Major | Management 2012-13 (Junior) Played 11 rounds in four events … fired a season-best 75 in the third round of the Falcon Invitational … finished 18th at the Service Academy Classic … posted an 78.5 scoring average. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Member of the baseball team at the Academy. 2010-11 (Freshman) Member of the baseball team at the Academy. Before Air Force Lettered two years in baseball and one year in golf ... led golf team to CIF Southern Section Championship by shooting a two-under 70 ... baseball team MVP as a freshman and sophomore ... team captain as a senior, leading team to 25-6 record ... school nominee to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) spirit award. Personal Member of cadet squadron 18 ... son of Michael and Cheryl Kramer … has one older sister … worked the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) this past summer … also completed the powered flight program … member of commandant’s list three semesters and dean’s and athletic lists once each … favorite food is pizza … favorite book is Lone Survivor ... reality show he would choose to be on is The Amazing Race … favorite movie is Remember the Titans ... person in history he’d like to meet is Jackie Robinson ... credits his father as having the biggest influence on his sports career … favorite professional golfer is Tiger Woods ... started playing golf at age 5.
12 -- goairforcefalcons.com
KRAMER’S CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 13
Meet The Falcons
Miguel Macias Class | Senior Height | 5-9 Weight | 155 Hometown | Santa Fe, NM Previous School | St. Michael’s HS Major | Economics 2012-13 (Junior) Played eight rounds in three events … fired a season-best 77 in the first round of the Falcon Invitational … finished 25th at the Service Academy Classic … posted an 80.3 scoring average. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Competed in five events … fired a career-low 70 in the second round of the Falcon Invitational … finished in a tie for 47th at that tournament with a six-over par total of 222 … posted a 79.5 scoring average for the season … shot an even-par 72 in the third round of the Samford Intercollegiate. 2010-11 (Freshman) Competed in one event as a freshman, the Falcon Invitational as a member of the `B’ team ... posted a score of 234, including a season-best round of 76 in the final round. High School Lettered five years in golf ... coached by Lee Sanchez, Jr. ... member of 2009 and 2010 state championship golf teams ... two-time all-state honoree ... three-time St. Michael’s High School golfer of the year ... member of 2009 Sun Country Junior America’s Cup team ... 2008 champion at PGA Junior Series at Aspen Valley ... 2008 National Junior PGA Championship qualifier ... class salutatorian. Personal Member of cadet squadron 19 ... nickname is “Miggy” ... son of David and Josie Macias ... has two siblings ... plans to attend graduate school and work as a scientist after leaving the Academy ... completed a cultural immersion trip to Spain this past summer ... also worked Basic Cadet Training and completed the powered flight program ... active in his squadron as support officer ... member of dean’s list every semester and commandant’s list three times … favorite food is green chile … favorite movie is Caddyshack … hobbies include listening to music and socializing ... favorite golf course is TPC River’s Bend ... would most like to play at St. Andrews ... favorite book is Freakonomics ... reality show he would choose to be on is Survivor … person in history he’d most like to meet is Adam Smith ... greatest moment is sports was shooting a final-round 69 to win a PGA Junior Series event and qualify for the Junior PGA Championship … credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... favorite professional golfer is Tiger Woods … started playing golf at age 9.
14 -- goairforcefalcons.com
MACIAS’ CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
Low Round 76
Best Finish T, 90th
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 15
Meet The Falcons
Kyle Westmoreland Class | Senior Height | 6-3 Weight | 205 Hometown | Katy, TX Previous School | Cinco Ranch HS Major | Management 2012-13 (Junior) One of three Falcons to compete in all 12 events … led the team in eight events, including the individual title at the Jackrabbit Invitational … shot a 15-under par 201 at the Jackrabbit, the second-best three-round total in school history … fired a career-low 65 in the third round to clinch the title … tied for second at the PING Cougar Classic with a 203 (-13), the fourth-best total in program history … had one other top 5 and five top 10 finishes … posted a 71.8 scoring average, No. 2 in the Mountain West and the second-best ever for a Falcon behind Tom Whitney’s 71.7 in 2009-10 … 19 of his 37 rounds were under par, including 11 sub70 rounds … selected to the all-Mountain West team and to compete at the 2013 NCAA Golf Regional Championships … named Mountain West golfer of the week three times … competed at the prestigious Patriot All-America Invitational ... named team MVP for the second consecutive season. 2011-12 (Sophomore) Only Falcon to play in all 12 events … named team MVP after leading the squad with a 73.7 scoring average … won the Service Academy Classic for his first tournament victory … finished with an 11-over par total of 227, five shots better than teammate Robert Belz ... posted three other top 10 finishes, including tying for seventh at the William Tucker Invitational and the Rice Intercollegiate … fired a season-best 67 twice, in the first round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championships and the second round of the Cowboy Classic … team-high 14 rounds of par or better … finished in a tie for 28th at the Mountain West Championships … led the team in seven of his 12 events … finished four events under par, including three straight towards the end of the season. 2010-11 (Freshman) Competed in 11 of AFA’s 12 events ... tied for third on the team with a 75.3 scoring average ... fired a 223 (+7) to tie for 36th place at the season-opening Falcon Invitational ... finished as Air Force’s top scorer at the CU-Mark Simpson Invitational, tying for 27th place with a 221 ... shot a season-best 220, including a pair of 72s, at the PING Cougar Classic ... shared the team lead at the Service Academy Golf Classic, tying for second place with a 73 ... also competed at the Purple & Red Invitational and Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. High School Lettered four years in golf ... coached by Rick Nordstrom ... three-time team MVP ... four-time first-team all-district selection ... won nine tournaments ... Jackie Burke Cup team qualifier and winner ... ranked in the top 250 in the nation ... district champion and runner-up ... recipient of Mu Alpha Theta award for highest average in geometry. Personal Member of cadet squadron 33 ... nickname is “BK” ... son of Don and Kim Westmoreland ... has one sister ... worked as director of operations for the USAFA Sports Camps this past summer … also completed the powered flight program … finished fourth at the Southern Amateur during the summer … active in his squadron as a flight commander … member of athletic list three semesters and dean’s list twice … favorite food is pork chops … favorite movie is The Sandlot … reality show he would choose to be on is Big Break … person in history he would most like to meet is Ben Hogan … greatest moment in sports was playing in the NCAA regional tournament last spring ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career … started playing golf at age 7 … favorite professional golfer is Jason Dufner.
16 -- goairforcefalcons.com
WESTMORELAND’S CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2010-11
Low Round 72
Best Finish T, 2nd
Top 5 1
Top 10 1
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 17
Meet The Falcons
Blake Edwards Class | Junior Height | 5-10 Weight | 160 Hometown | Winter Springs, FL Previous School | Winter Springs HS Major | Biology 2012-13 (Sophomore) Played 17 rounds in six events … competed in all six spring events … best finish was a T6 at the Jackrabbit Invitational … shot a three-round total of five-under par 211, including a career-best 67 in the first round … had one other sub-70 round, firing a 69 in the first round of the PING Cougar Classic … he finished that tournament tied for 16th … finished fifth on the team with a 75.3 scoring average. 2011-12 (Freshman) Participated in six events … posted a scoring average of 76.8, good for sixth on the team … shot a season-best 72 in the second round of the Rice Intercollegiate and the Desert Shootout … best finish was a tie for 32nd at the Rice tourney … had the team’s second-best score (222) at Rice … best three-round score was a four-over par 220 at the Desert Shootout. High School Four-year letterwinner in golf ... coached by William Gaught ... also lettered four years in water polo ... four-time first-team allconference selection in golf ... district champion as a freshman ... two-time district runner-up ... qualified for the state tournament as a junior ... four-time team MVP ... first-team all-conference pick in water polo as a senior, second-team as a junior ... offensive player of the year as a senior ... helped team to district championship as a freshman ...member of National, Science and Spanish Honor Society. Personal Member of cadet squadron 26 ... son of Anthony and Jill Edwards ... has two sisters ... his sister, Kaitlyn, played golf at Flagler College … would like to attend pilot training following his time at the Academy ... completed Operation Air Force at Osan AFB, South Korea this past summer … also completed the Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory (FERL) course and worked the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) … active in his squadron as the honor NCO (non-commissioned officer) … member of the dean’s and athletic’s lists last fall … hobby is swimming ... favorite food is pasta … favorite book is Cicero’s The Good Life ... favorite movie is Tin Cup ... reality show he would choose to be on is The Bachelor … favorite sports other than golf is water polo … person in history he would most like to meet is Tecumseh ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... favorite professional golfer is Adam Scott.
18 -- goairforcefalcons.com
EDWARDS’ CAREER STATISTICS Yr. 2011-12
Low Round 72
Best Finish T, 32nd
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 19
Meet The Falcons
Michael Fan Class | Sophomore Height | 6-0 Weight | 155 Hometown | Pearl City, HI Previous School | Kamehameha HS Major | Undecided 2012-13 (Freshman) Competed in two events, the Falcon Invitational and Service Academy Classic … finished tied for 10th at the Service Academy Classic, including a career-low round of 74 in the third round … posted a 78.0 scoring average. Before Air Force Lettered four years in golf ... coached by Wesley Wailehua ... two-time first-team all-state selection … Interscholastic League of Honolulu runner-up in 2010 and bronze medalist in ’11 … bronze medalist at Hawaii state championship in ’10 and ’11. Personal Member of cadet squadron 15 ... son of Freddy and Sharon Zambo Fan ... has one sister ... completed the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) this past summer … also completed the soaring program … would like to attend pilot training following his graduation … active in his squadron as the major training events clerk … hobbies include golfing and being outdoors … favorite food is chicken katsu … reality show he would choose to be on is Wipeout … favorite professional golfer is Phil Mickelson ... favorite book is Stardust ... favorite movie is Identity Thief … greatest moment is sports holing out on the 9th hole in front of Johnny Miller at the U.S. Open Sectionals … credits his parents with the biggest influence on his sports career … started playing golf at age 10.
20 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Meet The Falcons
Nick Reisch Class | Sophomore Height | 5-11 Weight | 165 Hometown | Thornton, CO Previous School | Broomfield HS Major | Undecided 2012-13 (Freshman) Competed in two events, the Ballyneal Challenge and Falcon Invitational … career-low round of 80 in the second round of the Falcon Invite … posted an 82.6 scoring average. Before Air Force Lettered four years in golf ... coached by John Ferraro ... first-team all-state selection as a senior … two-time second-team all-state pick … conference player of the year twice … three-time first-team all-conference selection … academic all-conference all four years ... member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Personal Member of cadet squadron 24 ... son of Scott and Kim Reisch ... has one sister ... completed the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) this past summer … also took and academic class … active in his squadron as an academics clerk … would like to attend pilot training following his graduation, then fly helicopters … also recruited by Navy and Florida Atlantic … favorite food is surf and turf … favorite book is No Easy Day … reality show he would choose to be on is The Bachelor … favorite professional golfer is Tiger Woods ... favorite movie is Top Gun … credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... person in history he would most like to meet is Vince Lombardi … started playing golf at age 13.
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 21
Meet The Falcons
Troy Berglund Class | Freshman Height | 6-0 Weight | 165 Hometown | Pittsburgh, PA Previous School | Shady Side Academy Major | Undecided Before Air Force Lettered four years in golf ... also lettered three years in hockey and one in swimming ... coached by Brett Bergman ... two-time team MVP and team captain for golf ... also posted low-scoring average on team as a junior and senior ... two-time section winner. Personal Member of cadet squadron 21 ... nickname is “Roy” ... son of Richard and Rachel Berglund ... has one brother, Todd, who is a senior and a member of the golf team at the Academy ... his father played golf at the University of Alabama ... would like to attend pilot training after graduation ... interested in majoring in political science or mechanical engineering ... hobbies include hockey, fishing and pickup basketball ... favorite food is filet mignon ... favorite movie is Wedding Crashers ... reality show he would choose to be on is Man vs. Wild ... favorite professional golfer is Adam Scott ... favorite book is Ender’s Game ... person in history he would most like to meet is Jesus ... credits his parents with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing golf at age 5 ... greatest moment in sports was winning the state junior golf tournament at age 12.
22 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Meet The Falcons
Brenden Bone Class | Freshman Height | 5-10 Weight | 165 Hometown | Phoenix, AZ Previous School | Boulder Creek HS Major | Undecided Before Air Force Lettered four years in golf ... also lettered one year in soccer ... coached by Jay Kopas ... first-team all-state selection as a sophomore ... first-team regional all-academic team as a freshman and sophomore ... member of National Honor Society. Personal Member of cadet squadron 3 ... son of David and Nancy Bone ... has one twin brother, Alec, who plays golf at Colorado State ... his father played baseball at Armstrong Atlantic ... interested in majoring in engineering or operations research ... hobbies include watching movies and listening to music ... favorite food is pasta ... favorite movie is Law Abiding Citizen ... reality show he would choose to be on is Wipeout ... favorite professional golfer is Rory McIlroy ... favorite book is The Great Gatsby ... person in history he would most like to meet is Arnold Palmer ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing golf at age 12 ... greatest moment in sports was winning the Antigua National High School Invitational.
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 23
Meet The Falcons
Sunwoo Choi Class | Freshman Height | 5-8 Weight | 150 Hometown | Dublin, CA Previous School | Dublin HS Major | Undecided Before Air Force Lettered four years in golf ... coached by Jim Collins ... two-time first-team all-league selection as a junior and senior ... team captain as a senior ... won the Northern California Junior Tour Championship ... played in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier this past summer. Personal Member of cadet squadron 10 ... son of Dan and Sunghee Choi ... interested in majoring in management ... hobbies include playing listening to music and playing video games ... favorite food is baby back ribs ... favorite book is Silver Linings Playbook ... favorite movie is The Blindside ... reality show he would choose to be on is The Bachelor ... person in history heâ€™d like to meet is Dorie Miller ... credits his parents as having the biggest influence on his sports career ... greatest moment in sports was making a doubleeagle and winning the last junior tournament he played ... started playing golf at age 7 ... favorite professional golfer is Justin Rose.
24 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Meet The Falcons
Andy Germann Class | Freshman Height | 6-0 Weight | 170 Hometown | Austin, TX Previous School | Westlake HS Major | Undecided Before Air Force Lettered three years in golf ... coached by Callan Nokes ... second-team all-region selection as a junior ... helped his team win more than 15 tournaments and a state runner-up finish in 2012 ... academic all-district three years. Personal Member of cadet squadron 16 ... son of Chris and Leigh Germann ... has two brothers and two sisters ... his father was a member of the 1984 national championship football team at BYU ... would like to attend pilot training after graduation ... interested in majoring in political science or management ... hobbies include playing football, baseball and basketball ... favorite food is lasagna ... favorite book is The Da Vinci Code ... favorite movie is Gladiator ... person in history heâ€™d like to meet is Thomas Jefferson ... credits his father as having the biggest influence on his sports career ... greatest moment in sports was sinking a 15-foot putt to shoot a personal-best nine-hole score of 30 ... started playing golf at age 8 ... favorite professional golfer is Luke Donald.
2013-14 Air Force Golf -- 25
Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Gene Miranda, the namesake of Air Force’s annual golf tournament, spent 25 years as the Falcons’ varsity head coach. A 1962 graduate of San Jose State, Miranda joined the Air Force in 1963 and served as the Academy’s junior varsity coach from 1968-71. In 1971, Miranda took over the reins as the varsity coach, where he held the position until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1983. After a five-year retirement, Miranda returned as head coach in 1988, remaining until 2002. During Miranda’s tenure, the Falcons posted a 180-5 dual record and won 12 tournaments. Inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998, Miranda currently serves as the Director of Instruction at Eisenhower Golf Course.
For more than 40 years, some of the best golfers in the college ranks have come to the Academy to participate in the annual Falcon Invitational. The 54-hole tournament is held in September on the Eisenhower (Blue) Course and features teams from all over the country. In 2003, the event was named the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, in honor of the legendary coach who headed up the Air Force program for 25 years. In 2005, the Falcons captured the team title, marking their first outright win since the inaugural event in 1969.
Individual Champions Year
1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
%Jim English/Colorado %Murl Hendrickson/Colorado Paul Simson/New Mexico Dennis Gorelick/New Mexico %Blake Stirling/Colorado Mike Malaska/Weber State Wes Campbell/Troy State Pat McGowan/Brigham Young Mike Gove/Weber State Mike Gove/Weber State Keith Banes/Utah State Jay Don Blake/Utah State Tom Eubak/UNLV Joel Kranz/Weber State Don Hurter/New Mexico Matt Potter/New Mexico Joel Kienle/New Mexico Chris Hudson/Texas Tech John Lindberg/Colorado Mike Glaesel/Colorado Ben Furth/California %John Nyuli/Colorado Alvario Ortiz/Texas Wesleyan John Hess/Kansas Jason Hill/Baylor Jonathan Kaye/Colorado Kory Bowman/Baylor Chris Brockway/Minnesota Chad Brandt/Baylor Brian Crawford/Air Force Jamie Broce/Ball State Jamie Rogers/Nebraska Steve Friesen/Nebraska Michael Harris/Michigan %Ben Leestma/Air Force Ben Leestma/Air Force Dan Swanson/UTEP Mike Mezei/UTSA Jeff Franks/Wyoming (unattached) Graham Delaet/Boise State Jason Kokrak/Xavier Ryan Spears/Wichita State Bryce Hanstad/Colorado State Steve Bidne/Northern Colorado Ryan Peterson/Colorado State T.J. Carpenter/Ball State Kevin Penner/UNLV Jason Burstyn/Colorado
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
% - Tournament shortened due to bad weather ^- Denotes tournament record for 54 holes
26 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
75 152 230 218 148 223 216 214 224 213 210 214 215 214 215 220 219 219 212 222 212 145 219 215 215 215 215 219 213 213 212 210 209 207 140 207 210 207 209 206 204 203^ 205 206 207 209 209 207
18 36 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54
1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
%Air Force %Colorado New Mexico New Mexico %Arizona State Weber State Brigham Young Brigham Young Weber State Weber State Colorado Utah State Weber State Weber State Weber State New Mexico *New Mexico *New Mexico *New Mexico Wyoming California %Rice Colorado Colorado Colorado Minnesota #Rice/California Nebraska California California Notre Dame %San Diego Air Force/New Mexico (JV) UTEP Texas San Antonio Southern Utah Air Force Xavier #Wichita State/Iowa State Colorado State Colorado State UCCS #UNLV/Colorado Colorado
318 624 948 922 609 907 877 874 916 883 877 884 897 874 882 910 1,119 1,121 1,118 917 N/A 613 897 883 889 887 878 875 865 852 868 585 867 864 859 869 868 845 852 837^ 855 861 844 852
18 36 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 36 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54
* - Best five scores out of six; # - Won on a tiebreaker % - Tournament shortened due to inclement weather ^ - Denotes tournament record for 54 holes # - Won in playoff
Service Academy Classic Simply put, Air Force has dominated the competition in the Service Academy Golf Classic, an event that is the equivalent to the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in football. Including its tie with Army in 2012, the Falcons have won the Reemtsma Trophy, awarded to the service academies’ champion, for 16 consecutive years (excluding a two-year hiatus in 2007 and ‘08). Bill Reemtsma, a 1963 Air Force Academy graduate, conceived the idea for the Service Academy Classic. Reemtsma passed away after the second tournament was played in 1994 but supporters of the tournament that he launched have developed it into a major event on the Air Force golf schedule. Among those who played integral roles in continuing the tournament in Reemtsma’s name were his wife Joy, his children, Maj. Gen. Edmund Rafalko (former athletic director at the Air Force Academy), former Air Force golfer Jeff Wilson and alumni from the other service academies. Also playing key roles in the tournament’s survival are Jerry Ahmann, who was a classmate of Reemtsma’s in the Air Force class of ‘63, Dave Brigman (AF class of 1970) and former USAFA athletic director Ken Schweitzer. Ahmann, who lettered two seasons in football for the Falcons (1962-63) and Brigman are airline pilots living in the Dallas area. Several service academy dignitaries are also involved with the Classic, including 1998 chairpersons Doc Blanchard, USMA ‘47; Glen Davis, USMA ‘47 and Chad Hennings, USAFA ‘88. Navy graduate and former Dallas Cowboy great Roger Staubach presented Air Force with the Reemtsma Trophy at the 1998 awards banquet. The Classic, held in the Dallas area for its first 14 years, was moved to Andrews AFB, Md., for 2009 and ‘10 before landing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., for the 2011 tournament and Trump National in Colts Neck, N.J., last season. Last season, Air Force and Army tied for the team championship. The two teams shot identical scores all three rounds as the Falcons claimed their 16th consecutive team title and Army won its first since 1994. Navy, which led by six strokes after the second round, finished eight strokes back in third place. Army’s Anthony Kim won the individual championship while Air Force senior Andrew Hoops finished in second place, two strokes back with a three-round total of 219 (+3). Junior Philip Colwell finished third at 220 (+4) while defending champion Kyle Westmoreland placed sixth at 224 (+8). At the 2011 SAGC, Air Force golfers claimed the top two spots and four of the top 10 individual finishes, to finish 12 strokes ahead of second-place Navy. Capturing medalist honors was Kyle Westmoreland, who won the first tournament of his career with a mark of 227. Robert Belz was the runner-up, posting a mark of 232, while Todd Berglund finished ninth and Caleb Leestma placed 10th to help lead the Falcons to their 15th-straight title. For more information on the event, please visit www.sagc.org.
The Falcons won the Reemtsma Trophy for the 16th straight time when they tied Army for the title at the 2012 Service Academy Golf Classic.
Year 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012
Year 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012
Year-by-Year Results Champion AFA finish Army 2nd Army 2nd Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force 1st Air Force / Army 1st Individual Champions Champion Team Trey Owen Army Owen Shippler Air Force Trey Treadwell Air Force Jim Davis Navy Matt Peterson Air Force Ben Leestma Air Force Ben Leestma Air Force Ben Leestma Air Force Ben Leestma Air Force Adam Wasinger Air Force Billy Hurley Navy Scott Manley Army Ben Jackman Air Force Patrick Beverly Army Tom Whitney Air Force Kyle Bailey Air Force Anthony Kim Army Kyle Westmoreland Air Force Anthony Kim Army
Kyle Westmoreland became the 12th Falcon to win the individual title in 2011
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 27 Go
Golf Learning Center The newest facility that will benefit Air Force golfers is the Golf Learning Center, located at the Eisenhower Golf Club. The center, which includes a locker room, playersâ€™ lounge, classroom, internal hitting bays and an internal short game area., was completed in the spring of 2011.
28 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Eisenhower Golf Club
Eisenhower Golf Course at the Academy has won acclaim as being one of the best courses in Colorado. Nestled in the razorback foothills of the Rampart Range, the blue course was first opened in 1959. It is named after former President Dwight. D. Eisenhower, who took part in the dedication ceremony. Home to the annual Falcon Invitational (formerly the Pikes Peak Invitational), the course has been challenged by some of golfâ€™s best players including Jay Don Blake, Hale Irwin, Tim Herron, Steve Jones, Jimmy Demaret, Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Andy North, Mike Reid, Sam Snead, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods. Eisenhower has been recognized by a few major publications. Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf Week have all named Eisenhower as one of the 10 best golf courses on a college campus, while Golf Digest also ranked the blue course as the third-best course in Colorado.
Blue Course A typical beautiful Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design with large greens, long teeing grounds and fairway bunkers requiring 250-yard carry, the blue course is much like other mountain courses having very fast greens with the dominant break and speed coming away from the mountains. The par 72 can be stretched to over 7,300 yards but the 7,000-foot elevation makes it play much shorter. Other unique characteristics include no out-of-bounds and only a few small water hazards. However, that does not mean that it is an easy course, as the tricky greens and steep slopes rarely allow many low scores, even by the best of players.
1 - 372 yds., par 4 2 - 440 yds., par 4 3 - 191 yds., par 3 4 - 403 yds., par 4 5 - 572 yds., par 5 6 - 424 yds., par 4 7 - 174 yds., par 3 8 - 453 yds., par 4 9 - 577 yds., par 5 Total - 3,606 yds., par 36
10 - 402 yds., par 4 11 - 557 yds., par 5 12 - 433 yds., par 4 13 - 181 yds., par 3 14 - 424 yds., par 4 15 - 500 yds., par 4 16 - 610 yds., par 5 17 - 216 yds., par 3 18 - 434 yds., par 4 Total - 3,757 yds., par 36 (7,363 yds., par 72)
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 29 Go
2012-13 Team Results DATE
Sept. 9-10 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Team Score/Finish: 288+287+291=866 — T, 4th of 16 teams
Eisenhower Blue G.C. (72)
Sept. 17-18 Ram Masters Invitational Team Score/Finish: 300+299+306=905— T, 14th of 15 teams
Fort Collins, Colo.
Fort Collins Country Club (70)
Sept. 24-25 Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational Team Score/Finish: 295+284+288=867 — 9th of 14 teams
Colorado National G.C (72)
Oct. 5-7 Brickyard Collegiate Championships Team Score/Finish: 312+299+293=904— 15th of 15 teams
Brickyard at Riverside Course (72)
Oct. 22-23 Service Academy Golf Classic Team Score/Finish: 299+304+299=902 — T, 1st of 3 teams
Colts Neck, N.J.
Trump National Golf Club (72)
Feb. 25-26 Snowman Getaway Team Score/Finish: 300+281+289=870 — 5th of 14 teams
Palm Valley Golf Club (72)
March 11-12 Jackrabbit Invitational Team Score/Finish: 276+281+272=829— 1st of 14 teams
Primm Valley Golf Club (72)
March 21-23 Desert Shootout Team Score/Finish: 286+287+292=865— T, 8th of 16 teams
Palm Valley Golf Club (72)
April 8-9 Cowboy Classic Team Score/Finish: 311+291=602 — 17th of 24 teams
Talking Stick G.C. - North (70)
April 26-27 PING Golf Cougar Classic Team Score/Finish: 284+283+282=849 — 2nd of 9 teams
Riverside C.C. (72)
May 3-5 Mountain West Championships Team Score/Finish: 299+279+297=875 — 4th of 9 teams
OMNI Tucson National G.C. (71)
TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS Name Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops
Tournament Falcon Invitational Ram Masters Invitational Mark Simpson CU Invitational Brickyard Collegiate Chanp. Service Academy Golf Classic
Score 71+68+73=212 72+70+74=216 73+70+69=212 73+76+72=221 71+76+72=219
Finish 5th T, 11th T, 10th T, 35th 2nd
Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops Philip Colwell Jack Howard Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland
Snowman Getaway Jackrabbit Invitational Desert Shootout
76+66+72=214 67+69+65=201 68+72+75=215 70+74+71=215 76+71=147 69+66+68=203 73+68+72=213
T, 6th 1st T, 23rd
Cowboy Classic PING Cougar Classic Mountain West Championship
30 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
T, 25th T, 2nd T, 8th
Kyle Westmoreland led the Falcons in eight events last season
2012-13 Individual Results 2012 Fall Results
2013 Spring Results
Sept. 8-9 5 T,9 19 T,44 T,74
Falcon Invitational Kyle Westmoreland Philip Colwell Andrew Hoops Jack Howard Ryan Kramer Team Score
T, 4th of 16 71+68+73=212 (-4) 73+71+70=214 (-2) 69+72+77=218 (+2) 75+76+73=224 (+8) 79+79+75=233 (+17) 288+287+291=866
Feb. 25-26 T,6 T,14 T,25 T,45 T,50
Snowman Getaway Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops Philip Colwell Blake Edwards Jack Howard Team Score
5th of 14 76+66+72=214 (-2) 75+68+73=216 (E) 73+74+72=219 (+3) 76+73+74=223 (+7) 78+74+72=224 (+8) 300+281+289=870
Sept. 8-9 T,74 T,74 79 83 86
Falcon Invitational (B) Todd Berglund Blake Jones Miguel Macias Michael Fan Nick Reisch Team Score
16th of 16 81+80+72=233 (+17) 76+78+79=233 (+17) 77+79+79=235 (+19) 84+76+79=239 (+23) 81+80+87=248 (+32) 315+313+309=937
March 11-12 1 T,4 T,6 T,8 12
Jackrabbit Invitational Kyle Westmoreland Jack Howard Blake Edwards Philip Colwell Andrew Hoops Team Score
1st of 14 67+69+65=201 (-15) 74+70+67=211 (-5) 67+71+73=211 (-5) 71+73+68=212 (-4) 71+71+72=214 (-2) 276+281+272=829**
Sept. 17-18 T,11 T,52 T,57 T,61 66 T,79 T,79
Ram Masters Invitational Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops Todd Berglund (Ind.) Philip Colwell Blake Jones (Ind.) Jack Howard Ryan Kramer Team Score
T, 14th of 15 72+70+74=216 (+6) 76+76+74=226 (+16) 83+71+73=227 (+17) 77+72+79=228 (+18) 78+77+74=229 (+19) 75+84+80=239 (+29) 79+81+79=239 (+29) 300+299+306=905
March 22-24 T,23 T,23 T,33 T,45 T,66 T,76
Desert Shootout Philip Colwell Andrew Hoops Kyle Westmoreland Jack Howard Todd Berglund (Ind.) Blake Edwards Team Score
T, 8th of 16 70+74+71=215 (+2) 68+72+75=215 (+2) 75+71+71=217 (+4) 73+70+76=219 (+6) 75+77+71=223 (+10) 75+75+75=225 (+12) 286+287+292=865
Sept. 24-25 T,10 T,27 T,35 T,65 76 T,78
Mark Simpson CU Invite Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops Jack Howard Todd Berglund Blake Jones Matthew Dunn (Ind.) Team Score
9th of 14 73+70+69=212 (-4) 73+71+72=216 (E) 72+69+77=218 (+2) 80+74+71=225 (+9) 77+79+76=232 (+16) 79+75+81=235 (+19) 295+284+288=867
April 8-9 T,25 T,40 T,56 T,100 T,111 T,116
Cowboy Classic Jack Howard Andrew Hoops Kyle Westmoreland Philip Colwell Blake Edwards Todd Berglund (Ind.) Team Score
17th of 24 76+71=147 (+7) 76+73=149 (+9) 77+74=151 (+11) 82+76=158 (+18) 87+73=160 (+20) 86+76=162 (+22) 311+291=602
Oct. 5-7 T,35 T,50 T,59 T,71 82
Brickyard Championship Kyle Westmoreland Philip Colwell Jack Howard Andrew Hoops Todd Berglund Team Score
15th of 15 73+76+72=221 (+5) 78+74+72=224 (+8) 78+73+76=227 (+11) 83+76+73=232 (+16) 86+76+80=242 (+26) 312+299+293=904
April 26-27 T,2 T,5 T,16 T,19 N/A
PING Cougar Classic Kyle Westmoreland Andrew Hoops Blake Edwards Philip Colwell Jack Howard Team Score
2nd of 9 69+66+68=203 (-13) 73+70+68=211 (-5) 69+74+74=217 (+1) 73+73+72=218 (+2) 0+0+76=76 284+283+282=849
May 3-5 T,8 18 T,19 T,22 45
MW Championship Kyle Westmoreland Philip Colwell Jack Howard Andrew Hoops Blake Edwards Team Score
4th of 9 73+68+72=213 (E) 71+70+78=219 (+6) 76+71+74=221 (+8) 79+70+73=222 (+9) 86+77+81=244 (+31) 299+279+297=875
Oct. 22-23 2 3 6 T,10 T,12 T,16 18 20 25
Service Academy Golf Classic T, 1st of 3 Andrew Hoops 71+76+72=219 (+3) Philip Colwell 74+76+71=221 (+5) Kyle Westmoreland 76+77+71=224 (+8) Michael Fan (Ind.) 76+79+74=229 (+13) Todd Berglund 78+75+77=230 (+14) Jack Howard 80+77+76=233 (+17) Ryan Kramer (Ind.) 81+76+77=234 (+18) Blake Jones 82+77+77=236 (+20) Miguel Macias (Ind.) 84+79+80=243 (+27) Team Score 299+304+299=902
Team Stroke Avg: 291.7 (School Record)
** School Record
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 31 Go
The Mountain West THIS IS THE MOUNTAIN WEST From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the MW continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 14th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West has marked several achievements over its first 13 years of existence, most notably becoming the first to establish a sports television network dedicated solely to an intercollegiate athletic conference (The Mtn.). The Mountain West also was the first to experiment with the coaches’ challenge in the college football instant replay system, and was the first non-automatic-qualifying BCS conference to participate in four BCS bowl games, winning three. Additionally, the Mountain West was the first conference to have a member institution with No. 1 overall picks in both the NFL and NBA drafts in the same year (Utah’s Alex Smith and Andrew Bogut, respectively in 2005). With San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg claiming the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Mountain West is one of two conferences to have the No. 1 selection in each of the NFL, NBA and MLB drafts since the MW was founded in 1999. In 2011-12, the Mountain West was among the first conferences to implement a league-wide state-of-the art basketball instant replay system.
HISTORY The Mountain West was conceived on May 26, 1998, when the presidents of eight institutions — Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming — decided to form a new NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletic conference. The split from a former 16-team conference re-established continuity and stability among the membership within the new league and signaled the continuation of its tradition-rich, long-standing athletic rivalries. Three of the MW’s eight original members have been conference rivals since the 1960s (New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado State), while San Diego State (1978) and Air Force (1980) were longtime members as well. UNLV and TCU entered the fold in 1996 and the Rebels continued as one of the original eight institutions that formed the MW in 1999. TCU rejoined the group with its first year of competition in the Mountain West in 2005-06. With conference realignment sweeping the nation in recent years, the MW has been proactive in addressing membership changes. Boise State University joined the Mountain West in 2011-12, followed by Fresno State and the University of Nevada on July 1, 2012. Also on July 1, 2012, the University of Hawai‘i became a football-only member of the Conference. On May 4, 2012, the Mountain West announced the additions of San Jose State University and Utah State University as full-time members effective July 1, 2013. For the 13th consecutive season, the Mountain West sent at least four men’s golf teams to the NCAA Tournament. This marked the third time in four years the MW was represented by five teams as San Diego State earned the league’s automatic bid and was joined by Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU and UNLV with at-large invitations. The Aztecs and Horned Frogs qualified for the 2012 NCAA Finals, the ninth time in league history multiple teams advanced. San Diego State advanced to match play and finished fifth as a team, marking the highest finish for a MW squad since three teams placed in the top eight at the 2005 NCAA Finals. TCU’s Julien Brun tied for second place at the NCAA Finals, which is the highest individual finish for a MW golfer since UNLV’s Ryan Moore captured medalist honors in 2004.
ACHIEVEMENT The MW has produced 762 All-America selections among its 18 sponsored sports (men’s swimming was discontinued as a conference sport following the 2010-11 season) in the last 13 years, including a league-record 83 All-America honorees in 2010-11. A total of 125 MW studentathletes have also earned Academic All-America accolades in that span. The Mountain West has sent at least 28 teams to NCAA postseason events in each of the past 13 years, capturing three team national championships in men’s cross country and producing 32 individual national champions in the sports of men’s golf, men’s cross country, and men’s and women’s indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
SPORTSMANSHIP Named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport in 1998, Commissioner Thompson has been a driving force for sportsmanship within intercollegiate athletics. As part of its continuing growth and development, the Mountain West implemented an extensive Sportsmanship Initiative, endorsed by both the MW Joint Council and MW Board of Directors. The program is made up of several elements, which are both practical and philosophical in nature. While the MW has significant penalties Media Contacts in place to deal with violations, the Sportsmanship Initiative is primarily promotional and educational in nature. The goal is to develop an environment that Craig Thompson, Commissioner ...........(719) 488-4040 fosters appropriate behavior from all Conference constituencies.
Javan Hedlund, Assistant Commissioner/Communications (719) 488-4051 ................ firstname.lastname@example.org Office Fax ........................................ (719) 487-7241 Website ............................................ www.TheMWC.com
32 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
MW Championships 2013 Mountain West Tournament Tucson National-Catalina Course Tucson, Ariz. (May 3-5, 2013) Team Scores: 1 T2 T2 4 5 6 T7 T7 9
New Mexico San Diego State UNLV Air Force Colorado State Fresno State Boise State Wyoming Nevada
282 288 287 299 296 301 300 299 314
281 275 284 279 283 291 298 293 301
281 289 281 297 297 290 299 305 303
844 (-8) 852 (E) 852 (E) 875 (+23) 876 (+24) 882 (+30) 897 (+45) 897 (+45) 918 (+66)
2014 Mountain West Championship Tucson National-Catalina Course Date: April 25-27, 2014 Par: 71 Yardage: 7,144 Telephone: (520) 297-2271 MWC Contact: Javan Hedlund Office Phone: (719) 488-4050
Top 10 Individual Scores: Fin. 1 2 3 4 5 T6 T6 T8 T8 T10 T10 T10
Name Kevin Penner James Erkenbeck Gavin Green Riccardo Michelini Taeksoo Kim Tom Berry John Catlin Kyle Westmoreland Kurt Kitayama Carl Jonson Xander Schauffele Jack Mulroy
School UNLV New Mexico New Mexico San Diego St. Boise State San Diego St. New Mexico Air Force UNLV UNLV San Diego St. Fresno State
Scores 67+72+67=206 (-7) 72+70+65=207 (-6) 70+69+70=209 (-4) 71+68+71=210 (-3) 71+69+71=211 (-2) 73+67+72=212 (-1) 74+67+71=212 (-1) 73+68+72=213 (E) 71+73+69=213 (E) 76+69+69=214 (+1) 71+69+74=214 (+1) 74+70+70=214 (+1)
Other Air Force Scores: 18 T,19 T,22 45
Philip Colwell Jack Howard Andrew Hoops Blake Edwards
71+70+78=219 (+6) 76+71+74=221 (+8) 79+70+73=222 (+9) 86+77+81=244 (+31)
Mountain West Championship History Year
Ind. Champ/School - Score
Michael Kirk/UNLV - 209
PGA West Nicklaus G.C.
Jon Lepak/SDSU - 219
Martin Laird/CSU - 212
Michael Letzig/UNM - 210
Ryan Moore/UNLV - 206
Nick Becker/BYU - 208
Jay Choi/UNM - 215
Robby Ormond/TCU - 207 Adam Porzak/SDSU - 207
Eddie Olson/UNLV - 209
Steve Saunders/UNM - 204
Ryan Peterson/CSU - 205
Derek Ernst/UNLV - 207*
Johan De Beer/TCU - 204
Kevin Penner/UNLV - 206
*Won with birdie on third playoff hole
2013-14 20 13 3-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 33 Go
Year-By-Year REcords Year 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Conf. Finish N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6th 5th 5th 6th 5th 6th 8th 9th T-8th 8th 8th T-7th 4th 9th 10th 7th 13th 14th 12th 8th 8th 7th 8th 8th 8th 9th 9th 9th 8th 6th 8th 7th 4th
Head Coach Lt. Dean Smith Maj. George Hill Lt. Rox Shain Capt. Rox Shain Capt. Robert Slezak Maj. Ron Allen Maj. Ron Allen Maj. Ron Allen Lt. Col. Vic Kregel Vic Kregel Capt. Ric Garver Capt. Warren Simmons Capt. Ric Garver Maj. Ric Garver Maj. Ric Garver Capt. Gene Miranda Capt. Gene Miranda Maj. James Thomas Maj. Gene Miranda Maj. Gene Miranda Maj. Gene Miranda Maj. Gene Miranda Maj. Gene Miranda Lt. Col. Gene Miranda Lt. Col. Gene Miranda Lt. Col. Gene Miranda Lt. Col. Gene Miranda Capt. Bud Nevers Capt. Vic Summers Capt. Vic Summers Capt. Tom English Capt. Tom English Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda Gene Miranda George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury George Koury
34 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Team Captain Craig Miller Craig Miller Larry Karnowski Larry Karnowski Larry Karnowski John C. Swonson, Jr. Norm Schulze Jim McIntytre Al Lucki Jamie Gough Dick Neate Rick Colt Scott Bench/Ken Kohlmeyer John Disosway George Krasovec Chris Young Chris Young Kevin Bench Jeff Sogard Jeff Sogard Jack Kearney Vic Summers Tom English Pat Youngs Russ Greek Russ Greek Mack Thorn Steve Cliatt Judd McGlohn/Craig Hall The senior class Jeff Cliatt Lawrence Hoffman Dan Willson Chris Gough Chris Gough Brandon Doan George Koury Jim Fagan/Jason Vitas Joe Dingman Trey Treadwell Ryan Luecke Jason Jensen Jason Jensen Danny Visosky Ben Leestma Ben Leestma Brandon Daum Timothy Thoren Scott Redmond Tyler Goulding Tyler Goulding Shaun O’Bryant Shaun O’Bryant Tom Whitney Kyle Bailey Robert Belz Andrew Hoops
Team MVP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Rick Colt Rick Colt Ken Kohlmyer John Disosway Chris Young Chris Young Kevin Bench Kevin Bench Jeff Sogard Jeff Sogard Jack Kearney Vic Summers Rick Sargent Rick Sargent Russ Greek Lee Andersen Judd McGlohn Judd McGlohn Judd McGlohn Glenn Wiggy Jeff Cliatt Michael Francis Chris Gough Brandon Doan Chris Gough Charlie Wahl George Koury Jim Fagan Trey Treadwell Trey Treadwell Ryan Luecke Matt Peterson Jason Jensen Danny Visosky Ben Leestma Ben Leestma Adam Wasinger Timothy Thoren Tyler Goulding Tyler Goulding Tyler Goulding Bob Whitney Shaun O’Bryant Tom Whitney Kyle Bailey Kyle Westmoreland Kyle Westmoreland
Air Force All-Americans Kevin Bench
1974 Honorable Mention
1976 Honorable Mention
1979 Honorable Mention 1980 Third Team
A two-time team MVP, Bench became the Falcons’ first All-American in 1974. A twotime NCAA Championship qualifier, Bench’s greatest moment came in 1974, when he won the Pacific Coast Invitational with a 221. Bench defeated some of the top players in the nation including USC’s Craig Stadler, the defending national amateur champion. He had an impressive 74.79 stroke average that year as well.
Sogard became the second Falcon to win the RMIGA Championship when he placed first in the 1976 tournament. His 75.48 stroke average was almost two strokes lower than anyone else on the team. In 1976, he had the Falcons’ lowest score in 10 tournaments or duals.
The Academy’s first two-time All-American in golf, Sargent placed second in the 1979 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, earning him a trip to the NCAA Championships. In 1980, he earned another NCAA bid, this time winning the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate.
1982 Honorable Mention
1992-93 All-America Scholar; 1993 NCAA Postgraduate Award
1993 All-America Scholar
McGlohn, one of just two three-time team MVPs for Air Force, remains the only Falcon to ever win the WAC Championship. In his senior season in 1985, he shot a 218 (71-6978) at the Cheyenne C.C. to lead the Falcons to a fifth-place finish. In 1982, McGlohn’s 76.71 stroke average was among the Falcons’ best as he qualified for the NCAAs as a freshman.
Wahl’s 3.67 grade point average and his 75.73 stroke average in 1992 allowed him to become the Air Force golf program’s first All-America Scholar. On the links, Wahl had many impressive performances, setting the Academy 54-hole record with a sixunder-par 210 at the 1991 Robert Holmes Intercollegiate, a score which now ranks tied for ninth in the Air Force record book.
A four-time WAC Scholar-Athlete, Vitas was co-captain of the 1993-94 team. His 78.70 stroke average that year ranked him second on the team.
2002 All-America Scholar
2005 All-America Scholar
2009-10 All-America Scholar
Leestma, named a 2002 Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, had one of the most prolific careers of any Air Force golfer. A finalist for the inaugural Byron Nelson Award in 2002, his seven tournament wins are an Academy record. Leestma also won an unprecedented four consecutive tournament titles at the Service Academy Classic. As a senior, he was ranked fourth in the Mountain West with a 72.5 per round stroke average. He was a three-time academic All-MWC honoree and was a two-time AllMWC selection.
Redmond was named a Cleveland Golf AllAmerica Scholar by the GCAA in 2005. The Falcons’ team captain as a junior, Redmond helped Air Force to victory in three Service Academy Golf Classics, as well as the team title at the 2005 Falcon Invitational. Redmond also was recognized as an academic All-MWC selection.
Whitney became the second two-time AllAmerica Scholar for the Falcons. Also earning all-conference honors and academic All-MWC accolades in his junior and senior seasons, Whitney also became the first Air Force golfer in recent history to earn AllRegion honors and was a Byron Nelson finalist. He closed out his career with numerous school records, including career stroke average (71.69). He owns four career tournament wins and finished in the top three 10 times in his career.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 35 Go
Individual Records Top Individual Finishes Place 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st T1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Player, Year & Tournament John Disosway, 1969 BYU Cougar Classic Kevin Bench, 1974 Pacific Coast Invitational Chip Diehl, 1975 RMIGA Championships Jeff Sogard, 1976 RMIGA Championships Rick Sargent, 1980 RMIGA Championships Steve Kirkpatrick, 1981 RMIGA Championships Craig Hall, 1982 RMIGA Championships Craig Hall, 1983 RMIGA Championships Craig Hall, 1984 RMIGA Championships Judd McGlohn, 1985 RMIGA Championships Judd McGlohn, 1985 WAC Championships Owen Shipler, 1994 Service Academy Classic Brian Crawford, 1995 Falcon Invitational Trey Treadwell, 1995 Service Academy Classic Matt Peterson, 1997 Service Academy Classic Matt Peterson, 1999 Cougar Classic Ben Leestma, 1998 Service Academy Classic Ben Leestma, 1999 Service Academy Classic Ben Leestma, 2000 Service Academy Classic Ben Leestma, 2001 Service Academy Classic Ben Leestma, 2000 Falcon Invitational Ben Leestma, 2001 Falcon Invitational Ben Leestma, 2001 Louisiana Tech Invitational Adam Wasinger, 2002 Service Academy Classic Ben Jackman, 2004 Service Academy Classic Tyler Goulding, 2004 Troy Invitational Tom Whitney, 2006 Service Academy Classic Tom Whitney, 2009 Argonaut Invitational Tom Whitney, 2009 Desert Shootout Kyle Bailey, 2009 Service Academy Classic Tom Whitney, 2010 Triumph at Pauma Valley Kyle Westmoreland, 2011 Service Academy Classic Kyle Westmoreland, 2013 Jackrabbit Invitational
2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd T2nd 2nd T2nd T2nd T2nd 2nd 2nd T2nd
George Krasovec, 1970 Rocky Mountain Invitational Chris Young, 1971 Rocky Mountain Invitational Kevin Bench, 1972 Rocky Mountain Invitational Jeff Sogard, 1974 Rocky Mountain Invitational Jim Fucillo, 1977 RMIGA Championships Rick Sargent, 1979 RMIGA Championships Steve Cliatt, 1984 RMIGA Championships Judd McGlohn, 1984 Tucker Invitational Glen Wiggy, 1986 RMIGA Championships Charlie Wahl, 1990 UAB Invitational Brandon Doan, 1990 Falcon Invitational Charlie Wahl, 1990 Rice Invitational Charlie Wahl, 1992 George Buzzini Invitational Brian Crawford, 1995 Service Academy Classic Jason Jensen, 1998 Service Academy Classic Jarett Hamamoto, 2003 Service Academy Classic Jarett Hamamoto, 2004 Wyoming Cowboy Classic Tyler Labrum, 2005 Service Academy Classic Tyler Goulding, 2006 Service Academy Classic Tom Whitney, 2007 Wolf Pack Classic Tom Whitney, 2009 Service Academy Classic Tom Whitney, 2010 WSU Snowman Getaway Wes Denny, 2010 Service Academy Classic Kyle Westmoreland, 2010 Service Academy Classic Robert Belz, 2011 Service Academy Classic Andrew Hoops, 2012 Service Academy Classic Kyle Westmoreland, 2013 PING Cougar Classic
36 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Place 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd 3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd T3rd 3rd 3rd
Player, Year & Tournament Kevin Bench, 1973 Sun Devil Classic Craig Hall, 1983 Falcon Invitational Judd McGlohn, 1984 Falcon Invitational James Edmondson, 1995 Kroger Intercollegiate Ryan Luecke, 1995 Kroger Intercollegiate James Edmondson, 1995 Service Academy Classic Danny Visosky, 1996 Falcon Invitational Danny Visosky, 1996 Service Academy Classic Ryan Luecke, 1996 Service Academy Classic Danny Visosky, 1997 Falcon Invitational Matt Peterson, 1998 USD/Ashworth Invitational Matt Peterson, 1998 Service Academy Classic Ben Leestma, 2000 Long Beach State Invitational Ben Leestma, 2001 Emerald Coast Invitational Tyler Goulding, 2003 Service Academy Classic Scott Redmond, 2003 Service Academy Classic Timothy Thoren, 2003 Service Academy Classic Jarett Hamamoto, 2004 Diablo Grande Intercollegiate Tyler Goulding, 2004 Service Academy Classic Kala’e Leong, 2004 Service Academy Classic Tyler Goulding, 2005 Falcon Invitational Tyler Goulding, 2005 Service Academy Classic Kyle Bailey, 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate Tom Whitney, 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate Tom Whitney, 2009 Tucker Invitational Tom Whitney, 2009 Falcon Invitational Robert Belz, 2009 Service Academy Classic Philip Colwell, 2012 Service Academy Classic
Low Individual Tournament Scores (54 Holes) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
200 201 202 203 205 207 207 207 207 10. 209 209 209 209 209 15. 210 210 210 210 210 210 210
Tom Whitney, 2009 Desert Shootout Kyle Westmoreland, 2013 Jackrabbit Invitational Tom Whitney, 2007 Agua Caliente Kyle Westmoreland, 2013 PING Cougar Classic Jarett Hamamoto, 2004 Cowboy Classic Ben Leestma, 2001 Falcon Antigua Invitational Kyle Bailey, 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate Tom Whitney, 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate Tom Whitney, 2009 Argonaut Invitational Matt Peterson, 1999 Cougar Classic Ben Leestma, 2000 Service Academy Classic Tyler Goulding, 2007 Ron Moore Invitational Caleb Leestma, 2012 Cowboy Classic Kyle Westmoreland, 2012 Cowboy Classic Charlie Wahl, 1991 Robert Holmes Invitational Ben Leestma, 2001 Louisiana Tech Invitational Tyler Goulding, 2006 PING Cougar Classic Tom Whitney, 2006 Service Academy Classic Shaun O’Bryant, 2007 Agua Caliente Tom Whitney, 2009 Tucker Invitational Tom Whitney, 2010 PING Cougar Classic
Bold indicates current player
Team Records Top Team Tournament Finishes Place 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st T1st 1st
Tournament, Year Rocky Mountain Invitational, 1969 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1975 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1977 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1978 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1979 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1982 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1983 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1984 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1986 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1990 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1991 Grand Canyon/Thunderbird Invitational, 1995 Service Academy Golf Classic, 1995 Service Academy Golf Classic, 1996 Service Academy Golf Classic, 1997 Service Academy Golf Classic, 1998 Service Academy Golf Classic, 1999 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2000 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2001 Falcon Invitational, 2001 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2002 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2003 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2004 Falcon Invitational, 2005 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2005 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2006 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2009 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2010 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2011 Service Academy Golf Classic, 2012 Jackrabbit Invitational, 2013
Place 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Tournament, Year Rocky Mountain Invitational, 1970 Rocky Mountain Invitational, 1971 Rocky Mountain Invitational, 1972 Rocky Mountain Invitational, 1974 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1976 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1980 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1981 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1985 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1987 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1988 Rocky Mountain IGA Championships, 1989 Falcon Invitational Championship, 1990 Ron Moore Intercollegiate, 2008 PING Cougar Classic, 2013
Miscellaneous Records Low Score (18): 64, Tom Whitney, 2009 Desert Shootout Low Score (36): 133, Tom Whitney, 2009 Desert Shootout Low Score (54): 200, Tom Whitney, 2009 Desert Shootout Low Score (72): 290, Judd McGlohn, 1984 Tucker Invitational Low Score, Eisenhower: 66 -- four times Lowest Season Stroke Average: 71.7, Tom Whitney, 2009-10
Low Team Scores (54 Holes) 1.
2013 Jackrabbit Invitational, Primm, Nev.
2007 Agua Caliente AF Invite, Palm Springs, Calif.
2012 Cowboy Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
4. 5. 6. 7.
849 851 855 859 859 864 864 865 866 866 867 867 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 874
2013 PING Cougar Classic, Provo, Utah 1998 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate, Laramie, Wyo. 2009 Desert Shootout, Goodyear, Ariz. 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate, Denver, Colo. 2012 Desert Shootout, Goodyear, Ariz. 2006 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2006 District 7 Shootout, Las Vegas, Nev. 2013 Desert Shootout, Goodyear, Ariz. 2009 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2012 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2001 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2004 Wyoming Cowboy Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz. 2012 Mark Simpson CU Invitational, Erie, Colo. 2005 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2006 PING Cougar Classic, Provo, Utah 2013 Snowman Getaway, Goodyear, Ariz. 1997 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2008 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo. 2008 PING Cougar Classic, Provo, Utah 2009 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, Las Cruces, N.M. 2011 Falcon Invitational, USAFA, Colo.
9. 11. 12. 14.
17. 18. 20. 21. 22. 23.
Year-By-Year Averages Year 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
TSA 324.03 315.25 311.05 310.03 307.12 305.94 310.90 305.46 304.09 302.53 299.40 298.74 302.70 304.94 299.67 304.36 301.91 298.77 300.06 298.59 299.25 296.78 298.28 308.79 299.06 291.69*
PMA 81.01 78.81 77.76 77.50 76.78 76.49 77.73 76.36 76.02 75.63 74.85 74.68 75.67 76.24 74.92 76.09 75.48 74.69 75.01 74.65 74.81 74.20 74.57 77.20 74.76 72.99*
TSA = Team Stroke Average PMA = Per Man Average * - School Record
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 37 Go
Academic Success By The Rankings... U.S. News and World Report #2 in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering #5 in Civil Engineering #5 in Computer Engineering Tied for #6 in Electrical Engineering #8 in Mechanical Engineering
Princeton Review #5 in Professor Availablilty
By The Honors... \
Academic All-WAC 1991 Charlie Wahl Brandon Doan 1992 Brandon Doan Charlie Wahl 1993 Charlie Wahl Jason Vitas 1994 Jason Vitas 1998 Jay Baer
Academic All-Mountain West 2000 Ben Leestma Jeff Scohy 2001 Ben Leestma Andrew Robinson 2002 Ben Leestma The Numbers... 2006 Tyler Goulding Jared Freeman Matt Tanis Bob Whitney Value of Academy education 2007 Tyler Goulding Matt Tanis Bob Whitney Student to instructor ratio 2008 Shaun Oâ€™Bryant Bob Whitney 2009 Kyle Bailey Rhodes Scholars Shaun Oâ€™Bryant Tom Whitney 2010 Kyle Bailey Average class size Caleb Leestma Tom Whitney 2011 Kyle Bailey Rhodes Scholars Caleb Leestma 2012 Caleb Leestma Blake Edwards Cadets have earned the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship 2013 Andrew Hoops
$417,000 8:1 11 20 36 66
John F. Kennedy School of Government Scholarships
GCAA All-America Scholar 1992 Charlie Wahl 1993 Charlie Wahl 1993 Jason Vitas 2002 Ben Leestma 2005 Scott Redmond 2009 Tom Whitney 2010 Tom Whitney 2011 Mark Boyer
Since 1959, more than 2,500 cadets have been sent to graduate or medical school as their first assignment. 38 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Strength Training The primary goal of the strength and conditioning program is to improve athletic performance and reduce the opportunity for injury. Athletes are provided year-round sport-specific training programs, based on both the specific demands of the sport and positions they play. These programs are designed to bring athletes to a peak in performance during the competitive season. The Olympic style exercises (cleans, jerks, snatches) are emphasized in each training session because of the positive effect they have on athletic performance. A priority is placed on free weight multi-joint exercises because of their higher degree of specificity to athletic performance. Because most sports are power oriented, training programs are designed to bring about maximum increases in power. An emphasis is placed not only on increases in strength and power, but on improving athleticism as a result of participation in the strength and conditioning program. This is accomplished using a variety of resistance training activities, as well as participation in speed/plyometric training programs. All athletes are tested on a regular basis to evaluate increases in strength and power, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of the training program. The strength and conditioning facilities at the Air Force Academy are among the finest in the country, and athletes at the Academy have established a tradition of training with intensity and dedication. It is this combination of great facilities and dedication that allows athletes at the Academy to compete at a high level.
FAC Weight Room The Falcon Athletic Center (FAC) weight room opened in January 2003 and is located in the Falcon Athletic Center. The FAC weight room is 23,000 square feet. It is considered to be one of the finest strength and conditioning facilities in the country. Among the features of the FAC weight room are: •4-lane 65-yard track with built in over speed ramp •48 multi-station platforms where the Olympic lifts, squats, bench and incline press can be performed •48 specially built dumbbell platforms where all dumbbell training is performed •Multiple sets of dumbbells in 2.5 lb. increments from 5 lbs. to 170 lbs •15 Keiser squat machines with the capability to measure and display power output Additional traditional equipment includes: •1 leg press •1 multi-hip •1 Smith machine •2 leg extensions •15 standing leg curls •15 glute ham benches •15 decline benches Additional supplemental equipment includes: •10 110 lb. water filled logs (with additional weight capability) •Kegs ranging from 30 lbs to 260 lbs •4 tractor tires with weight storage so resistance is adjustable •Water filled dumbbells from 60 lbs. to 170 lbs. •24 sandbags from 75 - 200 lbs The Falcon Athletic Center weight room compliments the varsity weight room, which opened in the spring of 1993. The varsity weight room is over 12,000 sq ft in size and is located in the Cadet Gymnasium.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 39 Go
The immortal words of an eastern visitor in 1893 live perpetually at the base of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. When teacher and poet Katherine Lee Bates took a wagon ride to the summit of Pikes Peak she was Colorado Springs was ranked inspired to write a song that is still recited today. Her view from atop the 14,110-foot peak was the basis as the No. 1 Best Big City in of her song “America the Beautiful”. The history of Colorado Springs traverses back to 1870 when Gen. William Jackson Palmer first visit- 2007 (over 300,000) to Live ed the region and was captivated by its grandeur. A year later, he began designing his city of dreams. From by Money Magazine based on its beginning on the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenues in downtown Colorado Springs, the city has quality of life, climate, social grown more than 183 square miles and to nearly 400,000 people in the city and 600,000 in the metro area. activities, cleanliness and Colorado Springs is known nationally for its natural attractions. The Garden of the Gods, the area’s safety. No. 1 natural attraction, is a majestic out-cropping of red sandstone rocks which are more than 300 million years old. Colorado Springs is also home to the Pikes Peak Highway, a 19-mile drive up the world’s highest toll road. The area’s No. 1 man-made attraction is the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel. Another major attraction is the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. Built in the early 1900s, this five-star resort, hosted the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship and the 2008 Senior U.S. Open, and is nestled into the base of Cheyenne Mountain. The Pikes Peak region is home to the nation’s only mountain zoo. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, with an elevation of more than 6,800-feet, has received several changes in the past two years. For the outdoors enthusiast, the city and the state offer a plethora of recreational activities. A short drive to the northwest features some of the nation’s finest ski resorts, including the cities of Vail and Aspen. A short jaunt to the southwest or northwest will find some of the best whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking and cycling that the country has to offer. Valuing its past with a vision for the future, Colorado Springs is truly a city with unparalleled culture, recreation, growth and opportunity in the 21st century. (Photos on this page courtesy of GerMaine Photography) (Lower left photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
40 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Less than 45 minutes from the Academy and with over 300 days of sunshine per year, The Mile High City of Denver has it all. Truly a sports capitol, Denver has nine professional sports teams, including the Denver Broncos (NFL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rockies (MLB), Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer), Colorado Crush (Arena Football League), Denver Dynamite (Indoor Soccer League), Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse) and the Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League). Recent success among the teams has driven the excitement for these teams a mountain high. The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1998 and 1999. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. The Crush won the Arena Bowl in 2005. Located just east of the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide, Denver has a mild and dry climate with more days of sunshine per year than San Diego and Miami. Golf courses are open year round as the average winter temperature is 45 degrees, warmer than Boston, New York City and St. Louis. The city sits at 5,280 feet above sea level. In fact, there is a step on the State Capitol Building that is exactly one mile above sea level. Even at a mile above sea level, the city is dwarfed by its backdrop. The foothills being just west of the city and the peaks of the mountain range reach heights of more than 14,000 feet. Despite the proximity to the mountains, the city receives just 8-15 inches of precipitation per year, about the same as Los Angeles. The United States Census Bureau estimates that, in 2006, the population of the City and County of Denver was 566,974, making it the 27th most populous U.S. city. The Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2006 population of 2,408,750 and ranked as the 21st most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area. Denver has the largest city park system in the nation. There are 650 miles of off-street, bike paths, 90 golf courses and 200 parks. Within a 90-minute drive from downtown Denver, there are opportunities for some of the countryâ€™s best skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting and mountain biking. (Photos on this page courtesy of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau)
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 41 Go
Air Force Song History of the Air Force Song In 1938, Liberty magazine sponsored a contest for a spirited, enduring musical composition to become the official Army Air Corps song. Of 757 scores submitted, Robert Crawford’s was selected by a committee of Air Force wives. The song was officially introduced at the Cleveland Air Races on September 2, 1939. Fittingly, Crawford sang it in its first public performance. The first page of the score, which Crawford submitted to the selection committee in July 1939, was carried to the surface of the moon on July 30, 1971, aboard the Apollo 15 “Falcon” lunar module by Colonel David R. Scott and Lieutenant Colonel James B. Irwin. Interestingly, at the moment the “Falcon” blasted off the surface of the moon with Scott and Irwin on board, a rendition of the “Air Force Song” was broadcast to the world by Major Alfred M. Worden, who had a tape recorder aboard the “Endeavor” command module which was in orbit around the moon. Scott, Irwin and Worden comprised the first and only “All-Air Force” Apollo crew and arranged to take the page of sheet music with them as a tribute to Crawford and the United States Air Force.
Bridge Section: Toast to the Host “A Toast to the Host” is part of the original Air Force Song. Many times this is sung as a separate piece. This is the verse which commemorates those who have fallen in the name of our service and our great country. This is the reason for the difference in melody and the reverent, reflective mood. After every football game, the Drum and Bugle Corps plays “A Toast to the Host” as the football team gathers together on the field, joins hands and stands at attention.
by Robert Crawford courtesy USAF Heritage of America Band Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At ‘em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun now!) Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force! Additional verses: Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder, Sent it high into the blue; Hands of men blasted the world asunder; How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!) Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer Gave us wings, ever to soar! With scouts before And bombers galore. Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force! Bridge: “A Toast to the Host” Here’s a toast to the host Of those who love the vastness of the sky, To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly. We drink to those who gave their all of old, Then down we roar to score the rainbow’s pot of gold. A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force! Off we go into the wild sky yonder, Keep the wings level and true; If you’d live to be a grey-haired wonder Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!) Flying men, guarding the nation’s border, We’ll be there, followed by more! In echelon we carry on. Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!
42 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
Wings of Blue The U.S. Air Force Academy parachute team, the Wings of Blue, has been one of the outstanding parachute units in the country for more than two decades. Since 1967, cadets have dominated national intercollegiate parachuting championships, typically winning decisively over 40 other schools which field about 125 of the nation’s top college competitors. Additionally, they perform about 50 demonstrations each year for millions of spectators. That doesn’t include jumping into Falcon Stadium before the start of every football game, weather permitting.
The Wings of Blue, because of their diverse mission, are divided into a demonstration team and a competition team. Advising and supervising the team is a cadre of active duty and reserve Air Force commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The team jumps from a variety of aircraft. However, the team primarily uses its own DeHavilland UV-18B Twin Otters. Each cadet member must be a qualified jump-master and instructor in the Air Force Academy parachuting program. They must also maintain high academic and military standards to remain with the team. Members of the team average 600 jumps by the time they graduate. The primary mission of the parachute team is not competing or performing, it’s to train other cadets in free-fall parachuting. Each year, over 1,000 cadets complete five free-fall jumps in the basic free fall parachuting course and earn the coveted parachutist badge and rating. The Academy is the only school in the Air Force authorized to grant these awards and is the only
school in the U.S. authorized to allow students to perform unassisted free-fall delays on their first jump, without any prior static line training. The basic free-fall program is the premier character development program at the Academy and is available to all cadets. It is designed to develop courage, confidence and discipline in each student and provide leadership experiences for the cadet instructors who teach the course. It is a rigorous training schedule with heavy emphasis on safety. Before cadets make their first jump, they are drilled repeatedly in ground school on proper parachuting procedures. The repetition is intended to have the jumper respond automatically and correctly should something unexpected occur during the jump. Cadets who successfully complete the basic free fall course are then eligible to take the advanced training necessary to tryout for the Wings of Blue. Those who want advanced training must compete for admission. Selection is based upon an individual’s maturity, abilities, academic and military standing. From its uncertain beginnings, when it was reserved for stuntmen, rugged paratroopers and desperate pilots, parachuting has evolved into an exacting science and demanding sport -- a sport dominated at the college level by the Air Force Academy.
Drum & Bugle Corps The complete experience in sight and sound is presented at every home Falcon football game by the “Flight of Sound,” the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps. Since 1948, the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps has entertained audiences across the nation and abroad with their thrilling performances. The Corps, originally assigned to Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., was transferred to the Air Force Academy in 1963 and turned over to the Cadet Wing in 1972. Since then, the corps has won 16 of the 24 Interservice Academy Drum and Bugle Corps competitions and are the four-time defending champions. The competition is held annually during the Air Force vs. Navy football weekend. Recognized as one of America’s premier musical and marching units, the Corps exemplifies the precision and musical blend of a well-directed band or orchestra and the showmanship of a Broadway production. Performing on the average of 150 times a year, they have become known as the Academy’s ambassadors of precision drill and musical pageantry. The Corps’ primary mission is to support the Cadet Wing activities, including military formations and Academy athletic contests both home and away. An extension of the mission continues in the community with concerts, field exhibitions, band festivals and various military ceremonies.
The “D & B” Corps is comprised of 135 cadets and has represented the Air Force Academy at Presidential Inaugural Parades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, The Tournament of Roses Parade, Mardi Gras Parades, The Festival of State in St. Petersburg, Fla., Walt Disney World’s International Music Festival and The Long’s Peak Scottish/ Irish Festival.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 43 Go
The Falcon Sports audiences across the country have been intrigued and delighted by the aerobatics of the falcon, the flying mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy -- one of only two schools with performing mascots in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The falcon can attain velocities exceeding 200 miles per hour in swoops or dives, turn sharply and streak only inches above the ground, making it the fastest and one of the most maneuverable of all birds. Trained and handled by cadet falconers, the birds soar and dive, sometimes zooming low over the heads of spectators. While their public flying performances are primarily limited to outdoor venues -- most often at football games and cadet wing parades -- the falcons appear at many other athletic contests in which cadet teams play. Members of the Class of 1959, the first to enter the Academy, chose the falcon as the mascot of the cadet wing Sept. 25, 1955, feeling that it best characterized the combat role of the U.S. Air Force. They did not specify any particular species; thus, any falcon can serve as mascot. Some of the characteristics which led to its selection were speed, powerful and graceful flight, courage, keen eyesight, alertness, regal carriage and noble tradition. The falcon exemplified the qualities sought in Air Force Academy cadets: courage, intelligence, love of the wild sky, ferocity in attack, but gentle in repose, and discipline. Experts once said falcons could not be trained to perform before huge crowds, that the birds would panic and flee. Since 1956, however, cadets have flown the birds at sporting events before thousands of cheering spectators. Six weeks or more and an average of 300 manhours per bird are required to properly train a young falcon via operant conditioning. When a bird is in top condition, it is able to fly for more than an hour and make repeated stoops at the baited lure swung by the cadet falconer. Although they can be trained to perform, falcons are never totally domesticated and remain wild creatures with strong, individual and independent spirits. On Oct. 5, 1955, a splendid peregrine was the first falcon presented to the cadet wing. It was named “Mach 1,” referring to the speed of sound. Today, 12 to 15 falcons are kept in the mews (enclosures for trained hawks) north of the cadet area. Current breeds of falcons at the Academy include several breeds of falcons which are native to North America, including prairie falcons, peregrine falcons, and the largest type of falcon, the gyrfalcon. The Academy recently added several gyr-saker hybrids and a gyr-peregrine hybrid to its ranks. Sakers are a strong and agile mid-to-large size breed of falcon, native to Eastern Europe and Asia. Sakers have been cross-bred with the larger gyrfalcons in recent years to produce a high-
44 -- goairforcefalcons.com goaiirf rfor force ceffal falcon lconss co com m
ly intelligent, agile Why The Falcon? and powerful breed of performing falcon, Speed and have flown at the Can attain velocities exceeding 200 miles per Academy since 2003. hour in stoops or dives on their prey. In addition to flying performances, Power the falcons and cadet Powerful and graceful flight, with strong, falconers visit dozens deep wing beats; they maneuver with ease, of schools, scout- grace and evident enjoyment. ing groups, youth groups, airshows and Courage other public events Fearless and aggressive, falcons fiercely around the coun- defend their nest and young against intrudtry, educating youth ers. They have been known to unhesitatingly and adults alike on attack and kill prey more than twice their size. falconry, raptors, the Air Force and the Air Keen eyesight Force Academy. About eight times sharper than man. On June 8, 1996, Alertness, regal carriage and noble tradition. the Association of Graduates purchased a female white-phase gyrfalcon from Mr. Dan Konkle in Sheridan, Wyo., and donated her to the Academy. The cadet wing named this new mascot Aurora - from Roman mythology, the goddess of the dawn. She is now the official mascot for the United States Air Force Academy and has become the center of attention for the Academy’s Falcon Mascot Program. At a mere 40 days old, this majestic creature weighed four pounds. Glacier, our previous white-phase gyrfalcon Mascot from 1980-95, only weighed two pounds. Although any falcon can serve as an Academy mascot, the whitephase gyrfalcon is native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the U.S.Canadian border, and has always been the official mascot of the Air Force Academy. Gyrfalcons constitute only about five percent of the total number of falcons found in the United States. Of that five percent, only about 3-4 percent are true white-phase gyrfalcons. Falconry is one of the extracurricular activities offered to cadets. There are usually 12 falconers, with four chosen from each new class at the end of the year to replace graduating seniors. The new falconers begin training in January under the leadership of experienced upperclassmen and the officer-in-charge. Without proper instruction, novices can physically harm the birds or adversely affect their training. Falconers’ duties include daily checks of each bird’s health and condition, training sessions during which the birds are fed a measured ration of meat, frequent cleaning of the mews and routine maintenance of equipment. During performances, the birds fly to a lure, a rectangular-shaped leather pouch. The falconer whirls the lure in a circle on a 30-foot cord; the bird quickly learns to strike it in mid-air, carry it to the ground and dine on the food. As the bird stoops toward the lure in free flight, the lure is jerked aside, causing the falcon to fly up, circle and make another pass. This procedure is repeated several times before the bird is allowed to strike the lure in mid-air. The falcon performs this task knowing that as soon as it catches the lure, it earns its meal for the day. A small battery-powered transmitter and a bell are attached to each leg so that, should the bird not come to the lure as it had been trained, the cadet falconers will be able to follow and safely recover the falcon.
USAFA The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.
Course of Study Cadets are exposed to a balanced curriculum that provides the knowledge, skills and responsibilities essential to a career Air Force officer. The entire USAFA experience is integrated and mapped to achieve a set of desired outcomes in every graduate. The core academic curriculum includes courses in basic sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Cadets take additional elective courses to complete requirements for one of 32 major areas of study. About 50 percent of the cadets complete majors in science and engineering; the remainder graduate in the social sciences and humanities. Some of the most popular majors include management, aeronautical engineering, foreign area studies, history, behavioral science, civil engineering, astronautical engineering, electrical engineering and engineering mechanics.
Faculty Composition The majority of the Academy’s faculty members, more than 500 total, are Air Force officers. They are selected primarily from career-officer volunteers who have established outstanding records of performance and dedication. Each has at least a master’s degree and more than 55 percent have doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field of study. About 30 percent of the faculty are civilians who bring great depth of disciplinary and educational expertise and provide academic stability and continuity. Faculty members are intensely focused on cadet learning as an integral part of their officer development. The Air Force Academy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the most accessible and involved faculty for four years in a row. To provide greater contributions by a diverse faculty, the Academy has several distinguished visiting professors and endowed professors who serve one or more years. Officers from other services, as well as officers from allied countries are also members of the faculty. Distinguished civilian and military lecturers also share their expertise with the cadets during the academic year.
Athletic Program The Academy’s athletic program is designed to improve physical fitness, teach athletic skills and develop leadership qualities. To achieve its goals, the Academy offers some of the most extensive physical education, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Cadets take at least three different physical education courses each year.
Military Education and Training An air, space and cyberspace-oriented military education, training and leadership program begins with basic cadet training and continues throughout the four years. Seniors are responsible for the organizational leadership of the cadet wing, while juniors and sophomores seek to develop team and interpersonal leadership and instructional skills. Cadets are projected into as many active leadership roles as possible to prepare them to be effective Air Force officers. Fundamental concepts of military organization -- drill, ethics, honor, Air Force heritage and physical training -- are emphasized the first summer during basic cadet training. Freshmen then study the military role in United States society as well as the mission and organization of the Air Force. Sophomores receive instruction in communication skills and juniors study the combat and operational aspects of the Air Force. The Academy offers courses in flying, navigation, soaring and parachuting, building from basic skills to instructor duties. Some cadets may fly light aircraft with the Cadet Flying Team. Summer training for cadets is divided into three, three-week training periods. There are a variety of programs available and each cadet is required to complete two training periods each summer with leave during the other period. All new cadets take six weeks of basic cadet training in their first summer. Combat survival training is a required threeweek program during cadets’ second summer. For other second-summer training periods, cadets have options such as working with Airmen in an operational unit at an Air Force installation, airborne parachute training, soaring or basic free-fall parachute training. During their last two summers, all cadets are offered leadership training as supervisors or instructors in the summer programs listed above. Extracurricular activities also are an integral part of the education program. The cadet ski club, drum and bugle corps, cadet chorale and forensics are a few of the programs available.
Nominations Nominations to the Academy may be obtained through a congressional sponsor or by meeting eligibility criteria in other categories of competition established by law. For information on admission procedures, write to HQ USAFA/RRS; 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200; USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025.
History of The Academy In 1948, a board of leading civilian and military educators was appointed to plan the curriculum for an academy that would meet the needs of the newly established Air Force. The board determined that Air Force requirements could not be met by expanding the other service academies and recommended an Air Force Academy be established without delay. In 1949, then Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington appointed a commission to assist in selecting a site and on April 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized creation of the United States Air Force Academy. After considering 580 sites in 45 states, the commission narrowed the choice to three locations. The summer of 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott selected a site near Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado contributed $1 million toward purchase of the property. In July 1955, the first Academy class entered interim facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, while construction began. It was sufficiently completed for occupancy by the cadet wing in late August 1958. Initial construction cost was $142 million. Women entered the Academy on June 28, 1976, as members of the class of 1980.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 45 Go
USAFA Senior Leadership Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. She directs a fouryear academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor’s degree and commission as an Air Force officer. The general is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 1981. After graduating from the Academy, she completed graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar before earning her pilot wings in 1984. Johnson has held numerous command positions at the group, wing and numbered Air Force level, and came to the Academy after serving as the Deputy, Chief of Staff, Operation and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allies Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Casteau, Belgium. She has served in various assignments in air mobility, airlift and tanker flying operations and training, academic instruction and personnel. A command pilot, the general has more than 3,600 flying hours in the C-141, T-41, KC-10, C-17, C-5 and the KC-14 aircraft. The general’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Vice Superintendent Colonel Evan Miller
Commandant of Cadets Brig. General Gregory J. Lengyel
46 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Dean of Faculty Brig. General Andrew Armacost
Commander, 10th Air Base Wing Col. Stacey Hawkins
Director of Athletics Dr. Hans J. Mueh an internal/external model that has streamlined resources and made the department more effective from top to bottom. In addition, he has the department on course to become a federally chartered non-profit organization which will lead to more fund-raising opportunities.
Dr. Hans J. Mueh is in his 10th year as the director of athletics at the Air Force Academy. A retired Air Force brigadier general, Mueh was vice dean of faculty for two years prior to his retirement from active duty in the summer of 2004. Mueh was heavily involved in Academy athletics before becoming director of athletics. He was the Academy’s faculty athletics representative from 1996-2004 and was a long-time member of the board of directors for the Air Force Academy Athletics Association. Since becoming the director of athletics, Mueh has led the Academy to some remarkable feats. In 2007, the Academy was one of only three schools (Michigan State and Boston College) to reach post-season play in football (2007), men’s basketball and ice hockey (200607). It marked the first time a service academy has ever had a team compete in the post-season in all three sports. In addition, under Mueh’s watch the men’s basketball team has played in an NCAA tournament and the National Invitational Tournament’s Final Four. Mueh hired current head coach Jeff Reynolds and helped him continue Air Force’s winning tradition last season. The ice hockey team has won three straight conference championships and made three straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Mueh was on the selection committee that hired current head coach Frank Serratore and led the Academy’s move into the Athletic Hockey Association. The women’s basketball program has shown steady improvement and tied a school record with four league wins in 2006-07. The football program, the Academy’s flagship sport, went through a major overhaul. Mueh led the transition from the retirement of the legendary Fisher DeBerry after 23 years at the helm to hiring current head coach Troy Calhoun, a 1989 Academy graduate. Calhoun’s impact was immediate, leading the Falcons to a 9-4 overall mark and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference in 2007. The Falcons qualified for their first bowl game in five years, playing in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2007 and 2008. Mueh has been just as successful behind the scenes with the administration of the department. Mueh restructured the department with
Mueh has also been active within the conference and the NCAA. He was recently selected to be part of the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet and has been active on the NCAA’s academics/eligibility compliance cabinet, the men’s golf committee and the region 7 postgraduate scholarship committee. Mueh has been equally active within the conference on various leadership committees. He is currently on the awards and recognition committee and has previously served on the joint council executive committee, and committees on championships, television and sportsmanship. Before assuming his duties as vice dean at the Academy, Mueh was permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry at the Academy, a position he held since October 1987 where he oversaw the annual design and instruction of 25 undergraduate courses for 1,500 cadets annually. Mueh was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Celle, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He entered the Air Force in 1962 as a member of the Academy’s eighth graduating class, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1966. While at the Academy, Mueh was a two-year letterwinner in soccer as a goalie. He still holds the Academy record for saves in a game with 30, accomplishing it twice in 1965 against North Carolina and Benedictine. In his junior and senior years, Mueh helped the Falcons to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League championship and quarterfinal berths in the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin in 1976 as a distinguished graduate. He has also completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. Between earning the two degrees, Mueh returned to the Academy as an instructor in the department of chemistry from 1970-72. He also served as assistant soccer coach and played semi-pro soccer with the Aurora Internationals in Denver during those two years, leading the Internationals to the Colorado state title in 1971. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam and served as an intelligence officer in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam and at Nakhon Phanom RTAB, Thailand, in 1972 and 1973. After earning his doctorate degree, Mueh returned to the Academy in 1976 as an associate professor of chemistry. He remained at the Academy except for a stint in 1985-86 as the special assistant for technical matters at the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon. In 1986, he assumed the position of acting head, department of chemistry, before being selected for his position of permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry in 1987. As faculty athletics representative, he was active in both the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference, and was the Academy’s representative on the transition team to form the new MWC, the only faculty athletics representative on the team. He competes in golf, racquetball, handball and tennis, and has promoted Air Force Academy intercollegiate sports throughout his tenure, beginning with work as chairman of the hockey eligibility committee, officer representative to the men’s golf team and five years as the officer representative to the football team. Mueh is married to the former Sally Flax of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have three children, Kristine, Kurt and Deborah.
Following graduation, Mueh completed two assignments in intelligence before attending the University of Wisconsin where he earned his master’s degree in chemistry in 1970. He later earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh is in his 10th season as the Director of Athletics. In 2006-07, Air Force was one of just three Division I schools to reach post-season play in football, men’s basketball and ice hockey and the first service academy to accomplish the remarkable feat.
2013-14 2013 20 13-14 14 Air Air Force Forc Forc Fo rce e Golf Golf -- 47 Go
USAFA Athletics Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy’s. The goals of the athletic program are to enhance the physical conditioning of all cadets, to develop the physical skills necessary for officership, to teach leadership in a competitive environment and to build character. There are three subdivisions of the athletic program: intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and physical education. The intercollegiate program has 17 men’s and 10 women’s NCAA-sanctioned teams, facing some of the top competition in the nation. Men’s teams are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, Col. Bart Weiss cross-country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, Jim Trego Vice Athletic Director lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo Senior Associate AD and wrestling. The Academy fields women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, rifle, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and volleyball. In addition, the Academy sponsors two non-NCAA programs; boxing and cheerleading. The majority of the Academy’s men’s and women’s programs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete in this conference against teams from Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV and Wyoming. All sports also compete against nonconference opponents, including many nationally-ranked teams. The football team competes annually for the Commander-inChief’s Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The Falcons have won the trophy 18 times, which is Marti Gasser John Coulahan William Carpenter more than any other academy. The winner of the annual rivalry Associate AD/SWA Associate AD Associate AD visits the White House to have the trophy presented by the Intercollegiate Programs Finance Recruiting Support President of the United States. The USAFA Cadet Field House is one of the most impressive buildings in the country. It’s a modern, versatile structure with seemingly endless uses. The $5.6 million building is five stories high and 396 feet by 426 feet, the size of three football fields laid side by side. The structure is divided into three areas--basketball arena, ice hockey arena and multipurpose area. The three sections have a combined seating capacity of more than 9,000. Clune Arena seats 5,843. The Cadet Ice Rink has a seating capacity of 2,470, while the multi-purpose area seats 1,000 fans for track and field competitions. The department’s newest facility, the Holaday Athletic Center (below), was completed in July 2011. Dermot Coll Wayne Kellenbence Troy Garnhart CEO, Air Force Academy Associate AD Associate AD Athletic Corporation Support Info./Communications
George Nelson Associate AD Athletic Programs
48 -- goairforcefalcons.com
Karen Warner Associate AD Human Resources