Martin Victorious in BYU
March 15, 2016

Individual Results

Team Results



ST. GEORGE, Utah-
Lowering her score each round, Samantha Martin took home the individual championship at the BYU Entrada Classic, Mar. 14-15, her first individual victory since finishing tied for first at the Cowgirl Classic, April 7-8, 2014.

Martin entered Tuesday’s final in two strokes behind BYU’s Lea Garner in second place, but fired off three birdies, one eagle and 11 pars to score a 70 to move into first — four strokes clear of Southern Utah’s Taylor Viquelia.

"It's an amazing feeling to come from behind and win," Martin said. "Everything went really well and I did a good job at staying patient throughout the whole tournament. I didn't let my emotions get to me when I had a bad hole and played one shot at a time. . . Today I started with an eagle on the first hole which was exciting and gave me momentum throughout my round."

Martin’s 70 in the final round was the lowest score Tuesday, and one of only two sub-par rounds on the day. Martin finished with a 214 (73-71-70, -2), the only individual to finish under-par. The finish also marked just the fifth time in school history a Bronco has finished a three-round tournament under-par, three of which belong to Martin.

“I am really happy for Sam,” Boise State head coach Nicole Bird said. “She played really well this week. She was very consistent and was able to make some clutch putts, especially today to get herself in the lead and keep it all day.”

The senior earned medalist honors for the fourth time in her career — a school record — and her first outright individual crown since winning the Winthrop Intercollegiate, Nov. 2-3, 2013. Martin has at least one victory in each of the last three seasons — the first women’s golfer in school history with three-straight seasons with a win.

The Los Angeles native extender her school record of career top 25 finishes to 27, alongside 12 career top 10 finishes. With the victory, Martin extended her streak of four consecutive top 20 finishes to open the spring season.

Her longest streak of top 20 finishes is six, achieved twice in her career.

Junior Genevieve Ling joined Martin in the top in eight place — her second consecutive top 10 finish — to lead Boise State to tie in third place in the 14 team field.

Ling entered Tuesday in a tie for 12th place, but made 15 pars in the final round to move four spots up the leaderboard. Ling finished the tournament with a score of 225 (72-79-74, +9).

The Broncos had a combined score of 917 (303-309-305, +57) to finish in a tie for third with San Francisco.

Host BYU won the tournament with a three round score of 888.

“The course was tough, especially yesterday afternoon when the wind picked up.” Bird said. “We made a few mistakes on some key holes but overall it was a solid performance.”

Seniors McKenzie Ford (77-81-78 — 236, +20) and Sammie Pless (81-78-83 — 242, +26) and freshman Adara Pauluhn (81-83-90 — 254, +38) rounded out the scoring for Boise State.

The Broncos will return to action at the Wyoming-hosted Cowgirl Classic, April 4-5, their final tournament before the Mountain West Conference Championships, April 20-22.


 


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