April 9, 2013
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Senior Hayley Young and the Boise State women's golf team continued to dominate the Cowgirl Classic Tuesday, with each increasing leads on the second day of the tournament.
Young fired a 1-under 71 at the 6,299-yard Ocotillo Golf Resort Tuesday, tying her career best for the second-straight day and increasing her lead from four strokes to six entering Wednesday's final round.
There have been just five sub-par rounds of the 206 played thus far at the Cowgirl Classic, and Young is the owner of two of them. With a 36-hole total of 142 (-2), she is the only individual in the 103-woman field under-par.
Seven women have combined to win 10 tournaments all-time at Boise State, and Young will be looking for the first since Katie Street won the Wolf Pack Invitational, Sept. 28, 2005.
Boise State held a seven-stroke lead following the first round, but after posting the third-lowest second-round score of the 19 schools in the field, will enter Wednesday's final round with an 11-stroke advantage over second-place Portland State.
Boise State (307-301--608, +32) will be looking for its sixth tournament championship all-time, and its first since tying for the team title at the Bronco Fall Invitational, Oct. 14, 2008. An outright title would be the first since April 18, 2000, when the Broncos won the Bengal Classic.
Freshman McKenzie Ford posted a 1-over 73, tied for the seventh-lowest score of the day, moving into a tie for fourth place. With a 36-hole total of 151 (+7) entering the final round, she will be looking for her first-career top-10 finish.
"Hayley is playing phenomenally well, just making pars and birdies," head coach Nicole Bird said. "McKenzie also stepped up and played really well today. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with how we played while holding an overnight lead. They handled it really well."
Fellow freshman Sammie Pless will also enter the final round in the top 25, finishing day two tied for 23rd with a 36-hole total of 157 (79-78, +13).
Senior Lori Harper (80-79--159, +15) will enter the final round tied for 31st, two strokes back of the top 25, and freshman Samantha Martin (79-81--160, +16) is three strokes back of the top 25, currently tied for 34th.
The Broncos will tee off Wednesday beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MT). Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.