Broncos Open Spring Season At Fresno State Lexus Classic...
► What’s Happening
Boise State opens its 2009 spring schedule this Sunday at the Fresno State Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif. The Broncos are one of 13 teams competing in the 54-hole tournament which will run over two days, Monday and Tuesday, at the Copper River Country Club.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Competing for the Broncos at the first spring tournament with be junior Iris Ocariza (75.9 stroke average) at the number one position, followed by senior Mandi Hedberg (76.8 average) at the two, junior Minhee Park (81.1 average) at the three, senior Lindsey Shean (78.3 average) at the four, and freshman Maria Santisteban (79.5 average) in the final spot. All five saw competition in at least one event this past fall.
► The Tournament Format
The 54-hole tournament is being hosted by Fresno State and will feature 13 NCAA Division I teams with over 60 student-athletes participating. The tournament format calls for three rounds of 18 holes each. The first two rounds will be played on Monday with the final round contested on Tuesday.
► The Tournament Course
The Fresno State Lexus Classic is being held at Fresno’s Copper River Country Club. The club features a par-72 6,262-yard competition course. For more information please visit Copper River Country Club’s web site at www.copperrivercountryclub.com.
► The Tournament Field
Boise State will be competing against WAC rivals Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada. In addition, the field includes Big West Conference members Long Beach State, UC Davis, and UC Irvine. The Big Sky Conference will be represented by Sacramento State and Portland State, the West Coast Conference by Santa Clara, San Francisco and Gonzaga. The last school in the 13-team field is the Mountain West Conference’s San Diego State Aztecs.
► The Broncos’ Record Versus Tournament Field
The Broncos have gone 9-12-4 versus the tournament field this year, UC Irvine is the only school who Boise State has not played during the 2008-09 campaign.
► What Happened Last Fall
Boise State competed in five tournaments during the fall semester recording two top-five finishes and a 30-33-4 overall record. The top finish was at their own Bronco Fall Invitational, Oct. 13-14, where they placed in a four-way tie for the title out of 12 teams. Boise State turned in a 27-over-par 603 in a shortened two-round event to tie Wyoming, UC Riverside, and Santa Clara for first.
The second best result was a fifth place finish out of 11 teams at Washington State’s Northwest Dodge Dealers Inland Cup in Pullman, Wash., Sept. 15-16 to open the season. The Broncos carded a three-round total of 77-over-par 929. Boise State’s best tournament performance in relation to par was a the 27-over-par 603 at the Bronco Fall Invitational.
► Broncos Win First Tournament Title Since Spring 2000
Boise State won its first tournament title in over eight years when the Broncos finished in a four-way tie for first at the Bronco Fall Invitational Oct. 13-14 in Meridian, Idaho. Boise State rallied from five-strokes down after round one to tie Santa Clara (round one leader), Wyoming, and UC Riverside for the title. The last time the Broncos won a tournament was the Idaho State Bengal Classic April 17-18, 2000.
► Top Individual Finishes
Last fall senior Mandi Hedberg and freshman Noelle Zavaleta turned in the best single tournament performance tying for fourth place with three-over-par 147s at the Bronco Fall Invitational Oct. 13-14. Minhee Park had the third best tournament finish placing seventh at the Bronco Fall Invitational with a 148 (+4).
► The Broncos as a Team
Boise State finished the fall portion of the schedule averaging 309.4 strokes per strokes per round. In relation to par they averaged 58-over per tournament.
► The Broncos’ Fall Tournament Roster
Boise State saw all eight members of the squad compete last fall. They had a base group of six which competed in fat least four competitions each, with the other seeing action in one event.
Iris Ocariza and Lindsey Shean played in all five events last fall, while Mandi Hedberg, Minhee Park, Katie Somers, and Noelle Zavaleta competed in four. Freshmen Maria Santisteban and Michelle Gooding each particiapted in the Bronco Fall Invitational.
► Individual Leaders Through the Fall
Ocariza led the Broncos through the five fall tournaments recording a team-best 75.9 strokes per round average and four top-25 finishes. Senior Mandi Hedberg was second with a 76.8 stroke average while turning in one top-10 and three top-25 results. Freshman Noelle Zavaleta was third overall in the fall with a 77.3 stroke average while placing in the top-10 once and top-25 twice.
► Briefly About the Roster:
Boise State features a solid mix of experienced veterans and young talent. Leading the 2008-09 squad are two seniors and two juniors, joining the veterans are four true freshmen. The upper classmen include seniors Mandi Hedberg and Lindsey Shean, the juniors are Iris Ocariza and Minhee Park, while the freshmen class is made up of Michelle Gooding, Maria Santisteban, Katie Somers, and Noelle Zavaleta. 2008-09 was the first year that coach Harris welcomed her own recruiting class to campus since arriving to campus during the summer of 2007.
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