Bronco Duo Finishes in Top 25 at Spartan Invitational

March 4, 2014

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sophomores Sammie Pless and Samantha Martin concluded the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in the top 25 Tuesday, leading a charge for the Boise State women's golf team in the final round of the tournament.

Martin tied her career low on the last day, posting a 1-under 71 at the 6,162-yard Almaden Golf and Country Club. After starting the day two strokes back of the top 25, Martin concluded the event in a tie for 17th with a three-round total of 223 (78-74-71, +7).

Martin now has six top-25 finishes this season, tied for the seventh-most in a single season in school history. She has 12 such finishes during her two years as a Bronco, already tied for the ninth-most in school history.

Pless finished tied for 13th at the tournament, leading Boise State at the event. Her three-round total of 222 (74-73-75, +6) earned the sophomore her fifth top-25 finish of the season.

"This week was a lot of fun," Pless said. "I tried to focus on hitting one shot at a time and fortunately it worked well this week. Our team played exceptionally well in the final round, which was exciting. Hopefully we have many more good tournaments to come."

The Broncos carded a 5-over 293 in the final round, the team's lowest score of the tournament. The round gave Boise State a team score of 902 (307-302-293, +38), good for 10th place.

The Broncos finished a stroke back of a three-way tie for seventh place, and five strokes clear of fellow Mountain West school Colorado State. Boise State also finished nine and 22 strokes ahead of league foes Fresno State and Nevada, respectively.

"I'm really proud of the way the team played this week," head coach Nicole Bird said. "This was the most consistent tournament we've had since our first one in the fall. We are starting to see the work we've been putting in pay off. The focus on hitting greens and making birdies without big numbers is working for us.

"It's also good to get some head-to-head wins against schools from our conference before the end of April. It will give us confidence heading into the conference tournament. I've never seen a team this young be able to do what they are doing. They are amazingly talented."

Sophomore McKenzie Ford finished two strokes back of the top 25, carding rounds of 75-79-73 en route to a tie for 31st at 227 (+11).

Freshmen Genevieve Ling (80-76-74--230, +14) and Dana Clary (80-85-79--244, +28) rounded out the scoring for the Broncos.

Next up for Boise State will be the Fresno State Lexus Classic, held March 17-18 at the Copper River Country Club in Fresno, Calif.

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