Martin Finishes in Top 10 at MWC
April 20, 2016

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.- Senior Boise State women’s golfer Samantha Martin concluded her final conference championships as a Bronco with a birdie on the 18th hole of the par-72, 6,291-yard Dinah Shore Championship Course at Mission Hills Country Club, Wednesday.

Martin (76-76-72 – 224, +8) shot even-par in the third and final round – the fourth lowest individual score on the day – to move five spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 10th.

The tie for 10th place is Martin’s best finish at a Mountain West Championship since she finished tied for seventh as a sophomore in 2014.

The top-10 finish was the 14th of Martin's career. She notched a top-20 finish in every tournament this spring, pushing her school record for top-25 finishes to 29.

“I’m glad the seniors played better today so they could go out on a positive note,” Boise State head coach Nicole Bird said. “Sam has had an outstanding career at Boise State and it was fun to see her end the championships with a birdie on 18.”

Junior Genevieve Ling joined Martin in the top 20, finishing in a tie for 19th place – her best finish at the MW Championships.

Ling shot 229 through the three rounds (75-78-76, +13) and had 37 pars over the three days of competition.

Boise State finished eighth in the team standings with a combined score of 926 (312-313-301, +62).

Senior Sammie Pless (79-77-74 – 230, +14) led the Broncos with seven birdies during the tournament, and used a strong third-round score of 74 to move eight spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 21st.

Senior McKenzie Ford (82-82-79 – 243, +27) and junior Oceane Pelloille (85-83-82 – 250, +34) rounded out the scoring for Boise State.

The Broncos will await word on whether an individual will earn a bid to NCAA Regional, where 18 teams and six individuals will compete at each of the four sites – Alabama, Texas A&M, Stanford and LSU – May 5-7.

The regional fields will be announced on Monday, April 25.

Ling is one of two Broncos – Acey Erlandson in 2000 – to have competed in an NCAA Regional. She did so after notching seven top-25 finishes and four top-10 finishes in the 2014-15 season.

Martin is averaging a school-record 74.03 this season – lower than Ling’s 74.07 of 2014-15 – and has eight top-25 and three top-10 finishes this season, including a victory at the BYU Entrada Classic, March 14-15.

Ling is averaging 74.79 with seven top-25 finishes and three top-10 finishes this season.


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