Feb. 18, 2014
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Sophomore Samantha Martin led the Boise State women's golf team at the Jim West Challenge Tuesday, the Broncos' first tournament of the spring season.
Martin carded a three-round total of 233 (75-83-75, +20), finishing tied for 26th - one stroke back of the top 25.
Prior to this week, Martin had strung together six-consecutive top-25 finishes dating back to her freshman season. In 15 tournaments since joining the Broncos, she has finished outside of the top 25 just four times.
Sophomore Sammie Pless and freshman Genevieve Ling each finished tied for 30th, three strokes back of the top 25. Pless (76-83-76), who entered this week with three-straight top-25 efforts, and Ling (78-79-78) each finished with 54-hole totals of 235 (+22).
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to make up as many strokes today as we would have liked," head coach Nicole Bird said. "It was windy again today toward the end, but we had a stronger start to our round so it was all right."
Boise State (303-328-311) concluded the event in a tie for eighth place with Eastern Michigan, each posting team scores of 942 (+90).
"We started off strong yesterday, which was great considering how little we've been able to play at home," Bird said. "When the wind picked up in the afternoon, we struggled. But this is a young team, and they are doing great things.
"We learned a few things that we need to work on, particularly our short game, which we haven't been able to focus on. We will work on that before our next event. Our goal is to put it all together before conference."
Gonzaga won the tournament at 878 (+26), and the Bulldogs' Raychelle Santos earned medalist honors with a 212 (-1).
Rounding out the scoring for the Broncos were freshmen Oceane Pelloille (75-83-82--240, +27) and Jamie Donizio (77-84-85--246, +33).
Boise State will continue its spring season the first week of March, traveling to San Jose, Calif., for the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational (March 3-4).