What’s Happening - The Boise State University women’s golf team will take a transcontinental trip to Pinehurst, N.C., to compete in the 2008 Pinehurst Challenge Mar. 9-11.
The 54-hole tournament will be held on the par 72, 5,968-yard Pinehurst #8 golf course. The first round of the tournament will take place Sunday, Mar. 9, beginning with a shotgun start. The second round will be held Monday, Mar. 10 followed by the third round Mar. 11. Each day will feature 18 holes of golf.
The Field - In addition to Boise State the 22-team field will include Augusta State, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Marshall, Maryland, Memphis, Oregon State, Penn State, South Florida, Stetson, Texas State, UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina.
The Broncos - The Broncos will be the only team representing the Western Athletic Conference at the Pinehurst Challenge.
In five fall tournaments the Broncos posted three top 10 finishes. The team’s best finish came at the Bronco Fall Invitational with it posted a 989 (+125) to earn fourth place.
The Players - Nikki Olson, Iris Ocariza,
Senior Nikki Olson collected two seventh place finishes in the fall to match her career-best finish. She posted an 8-over 224 at the Giustina Memorial Classic and a 241 (+25) at the Bronco Fall Invitational. Olson also recorded a top 25 finish at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational when she finished 18th with a 17-over, 230. Olson averaged 77.1 strokes per round with a low round of 73 (+1). She finished tied for 34th at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational with a 9-over 153.
Mandi Hedberg earned top 25 finishes four of the five tournaments she has completed. Her best finish came at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational when she tied for 13th with a 5-over 149. Her best finish of the fall came at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational when she posted a 229 (+16) to finish tied for 15th. Her other top 25 finishes came at the Giustina Memorial Classic when she tied for 24th with a 15-over, 231, and at the Bronco Fall Invitational when she finished tied for 21st place with a 249 (+33). Mandi Hedberg averaged 77.9 strokes per round with a low-round of 73 (+1).
Lindsey Shean collected two top 25 finishes in five fall tournaments. She led the Broncos in scoring at the Heather Farr Memorial Tournament with a 9-over 225 to finish tied for 24th place. Shean then posted a 247 (+31) in the Bronco Fall Invitational for a career-best 18th place finish. She averaged 79.0 strokes per round and posted a season-low 73 (+1) in the second and third rounds of the Heather Farr Memorial.
Iris Ocariza has three top 25 finishes this season. Her best finish came at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational when she recorded a 231 (+18) to finish tied for 19th. She also finished in 20th place at the Giustina Memorial Classic (230, +14) and the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational (150, +6). Ocariza averaged 78.4 strokes per round in the fall with a low-round score of 74 (+3).
Minhee Park played in three fall tournaments and averaged 85.6 strokes per round. She also posted a season-low 80 (+9) in the opening round of the Kent Youel Classic.