Martin, Broncos Capture Titles at Winthrop Invitational
Nov. 3, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Sophomore Samantha Martin captured the first individual title of her career Sunday at the Winthrop Invitational, helping to lead Boise State to the team's eighth championship in school history at the final tournament of the fall season.
Martin followed an opening-round 1-over 73 with a final-round 79 (+7) at the 6,044-yard Rock Hill Country Club, winning the tournament by a stroke over a group of four tied for second place.
Her victory is the 11th by a Bronco women's golfer in school history, and the first by an underclassman since Acey Erlandson won a pair of tournaments as a freshman during the 1999-2000 season.
Martin finished with a two-round total of 152 (+8) en route to medalist honors. The finish was her fourth top-10 effort in five tournaments this fall, already tied for the third-most in a single season in school history and just one shy of the school record set by Erlandson in 1999-2000, and matched by Hayley Young last year.
"I'm really proud of Sam for breaking through and winning the tournament," head coach Nicole Bird said. "I think she knows what to do now, and how to put everything together to finish at the top of the field."
Amongst the group of four tied for second place was Bronco freshman Oceane Pelloille, who shot 76-77 (153, +9). Pelloille was making just her second appearance since joining the Broncos, and the tie for second was a career best. She finished tied for 21st earlier this season at the Bronco Fall Invitational (Sept. 16-17).
For the Broncos, the team title is their second in the last seven tournaments. Since winning the Cowgirl Classic (April 8-10, 2013), the Broncos had finished runner-up three times before breaking through for another victory this weekend.
Boise State held a 10-stroke lead over a pair of schools entering the final round, and held off tournament-host Winthrop Sunday, edging the Eagles by two strokes. The Broncos posted rounds of 306-319 to finish at 625 (+49).
"The last time out we learned how important two strokes could be, and fortunately this week we came out on the other side," Bird said. "We didn't play our best today, but it was good enough to still come away with a win.
Sophomore Sammie Pless finished a stroke back of the top 10, carding rounds of 78-83 (161, +17) to finish tied for 11th. Fellow sophomore McKenzie Ford (79-84) and freshman Genevieve Ling (83-80) each finished tied for 17th with two-round totals of 163 (+19).
Boise State and Winthrop were the only two schools in the field to have each of their five golfers finish in the top 25.
The victory capped a successful fall season for the Broncos, who also recorded two runner-up finishes in their five tournaments. Boise State will try to pick up where it left off next spring, traveling to New Braunfels, Texas, for the Jim West Challenge, Feb. 17-18, 2014.
"We had a strong finish to the fall, finishing with three finishes in the top two," Bird added. "We are going to need to work on our final-round scoring though, because the competition is going to get tougher in the spring."
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