Sept. 30, 2014
AURORA, Ore. - The Boise State women's golf team posted the lowest team score of the final round of the Rose City Collegiate Tuesday, finishing the tournament in third place.
The Broncos entered the day in sixth, then carded a 6-over 294 on the last 18 holes at the Langdon Farms Golf Club, six strokes clear of the second-best team during the final round.
"I am proud of the team for maintaining focus and worrying only about things within our control," head coach Nicole Bird said. "They really played awesome today, especially in tough conditions. It was a fun round of golf."
The Broncos had opened the tournament with an 8-over 296, entering the second round tied for second place, but dropped to sixth after shooting 309 (+21). The team's final-round effort moved Boise State into third place at 899 (+39), finishing just nine strokes back of tournament champion Cal State Fullerton (890, +26).
"We got off to a solid start in the first round by making a lot of pars," Bird said. "In the second round it started raining and got pretty windy, so the speed of the greens changed and we struggled with that. Instead of trying to make birdies, we were playing for par and that didn't work out so well.
"Last night we talked about being more aggressive in the right places and going for birdies no matter what, so you can walk away with par at the worst. That's what happened today - we made a lot of pars, while other teams struggled similar to the way we did yesterday."
Sophomore Genevieve Ling helped lead the final-round charge, shooting even-par on the final day. She moved up the leaderboard 16 spots, finishing tied for 12th at 225 (75-78-72, +9).
Juniors Sammie Pless and Samantha Martin also finished in the top 20, moving up the leaderboard in the final round and finishing one and two strokes back of Ling, respectively. Pless finished tied for 15th (73-78-75--226, +10), and Martin finished tied for 17th (74-84-73, +11).
Sophomore Dana Clary finished one stroke back of the top 25, tying for 29th at 231 (76-73-82, +15), and junior McKenzie Ford rounded out the scoring at 232 (74-84-74, +16). Competing as an individual, sophomore Jamie Donizio shot 239 (79-81-79, +23).
Boise State continues its fall season next week at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 6-8.