Sophomore Duo in Top 10 has Women in Lead

March 17, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. - The Boise State women's golf team is leading after the opening two rounds of the Fresno State Lexus Classic at the Copper River Country Club Monday, and boasts a pair of individuals in the top 10.

Sophomores Samantha Martin and McKenzie Ford will enter the final round in second and a sixth-place tie, respectively, and helped give Boise State a two-stroke lead after the first two rounds of the 54-hole tournament.

The Broncos recorded a school-record 289 (+1) in the second round, which gave the team a two-round total of 597 (+21) - two strokes ahead of Cal State Northridge and four strokes ahead of tournament-host Fresno State.

"Our focus of putting ourselves in good positions and making birdies is really starting to pay off," head coach Nicole Bird said. "This morning we took a little while to get comfortable, especially in such windy conditions. However, everyone really got it going this afternoon."

Boise State was able to shave 19 strokes off its total from round one to round two en route to setting the all-time single-round scoring record.

"That was the most fun I've had watching golf," Bird added. "Putts were going in all over the course. At one point I was watching Samantha from the sixth green. She couldn't even see her shot, but I saw it hop once and roll in the hole for an eagle. That kind of got everyone going - McKenzie and Genevieve each birdied right after Samantha, and that led to our strong finish."

Martin tied her career low with a 1-under 71 in the second round, and concluded the day in second place with a 36-hole total of 146 (75-71; +2). She will enter Tuesday's final round three strokes back of tournament leader Clariss Guce of CSU Northridge.

Ford followed an opening-round 3-over 75 with an even-par 72 in the second, giving her a two-round total of 149 (+5).

Freshman Genevieve Ling and sophomore Sammie Pless each rebounded from slow starts in the first round, shooting 1-over 73s in the second. Ling is sitting just one stroke back of the top 10 entering Tuesday, currently tied for 12th at 152 (79-73, +8). Pless is one stroke back of the top 25 with a two-round score of 158 (85-73, +14).

Freshman Oceane Pelloille rounded out the Bronco contingent with a 159 (77-82, +15).

Boise State will be looking for its second win of the 2013-14 season Tuesday, and just the ninth win in school history. The field is slated to tee off at 10 a.m. (MT), and live scoring is available at

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