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Women's Golf Nate Lowery

Broncos, Finigan Victorious at Ptarmigan Ram Classic

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – For the first time in more than four years, the Boise State women's golf team has captured a team title – holding on in the third round for the two-stroke victory at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic on Wednesday. The Broncos concluded the tournament at 879 (293-286-300, +15) to edge Mountain West foe Nevada.

This is the first team title for the program since Boise State earned a share of the team title at the Fresno State Classic (March 17-18, 2014).

Tara Finigan overcame a rough start on Wednesday to capture individual medalist honors, winning by a stroke over UC Irvine, Janet Yeo. She is the first individual medalist since Samantha Martin was victorious at the BYU at Entrada Classic (March 14-15, 2016).

This is the first time Boise State captured both the individual and team titles in the same tournament since the Broncos swept the Winthrop Intercollegiate, led by Martin's victory (Nov. 2-3, 2013).

"I'm really proud of how the team played this week," head coach Nicole Bird said. "We struggled on a few holes today, but they showed some true grit and they held on. It got pretty exciting down the finish, am I'm so happy they pulled it out. This was quite the change from a year ago, and I'm really proud of how they grown and how confident they are. This is a very special win, and this team played outstanding. They deserve this!"

Finigan concluded the week at 210 (68-65-77, -6) to move to second on the school record book for individual low 54-hole score. The senior won her sixth career tournament – first as a member of the Boise State lineup – and tied for the lead in the field with 14 birdies. She concluded the tournament with six-straight pars in the third round to hold on for the victory.

"It is an amazing feeling to not only be able to be a part of such a great program with some incredible teammates and coaches, but to get a win in our second tournament of the season on top of that is indescribable," Finigan said. "I felt like we really just went out there and played for each other. We wanted to do this as a team, and I think that was our edge to come out on top over some talented teams. We have only started what is going to be a record-breaking season!"

Sophomore Alejandra Lobelo joined Finigan in the top 10, shooting even on the day to finish in a tie for 10th. Lobelo finished the tournament with a score of 219 (72-75-72, +3).

Nicole Suppelsa (76-73-74 – 223, +7) and Lexi Perry (77-73-77 – 227, +11) rounded out the scoring for Boise State. Suppelsa finished in a tie for 21st to earn her first career top 25 finish.

 Junior Valentine Lacaze ended the tournament with a 79 in the final round – her lowest – to finish with a score of 243 (83-81-79, +27).

Boise State will return to action at the Rose City Collegiate in Portland, Ore., Oct. 1-2.

Ptarmigan Ram Classic
1. Boise State- 879 (293-286-300, +15)
1. Tara Finigan- 210 (68-65-77, -6)
T10. Alejandra Lobelo- 219 (72-75-72, +3)
T21. Nicole Suppelsa- 223 (76-73-74, +7)
T33. Lexi Perry- 227 (77-73-77, +11)
71. Valentine Lacaze- 243 (83-81-79, +27)
 
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