Zavaleta and Park ranked among top 12.
KANE’OHE, Hawaii (3/16/09) Boise State turned in a solid first day performance to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place out of 12 teams after round one of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kane’ohe, Hawaii. Freshman Noelle Zavaleta and junior Minhee Park led the Broncos Monday ranked sixth and 12th (tied) respectively out of 63 golfers competing.
The Broncos completed the first day of competition at the 24th Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational with an 18-over-par 306 to tie the University of Hawaii and No. 32 ranked Texas A&M (Golfweek), nine strokes back of tournament leading Idaho who fired a 297 (+9). The event is a three round competition being played over three days at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course on O’ahu.
Freshman Noelle Zavaleta leads Boise State after round one tallying a one-over-par 73 for sole possession of sixth place. She currently sits four strokes back of tournament leader Kayla Mortellaro of the University of Idaho who turned in a three-under-par 69. The 73 is Zavaleta’s fourth lowest total this season.
Junior Minhee Park recorded the second best round for the Broncos Monday with a three-over-par 75 to finish the day tied with Idaho’s Teo Poplawski for 12th place. The round of 75 is tied for Park’s third best single round in her career.
Seniors Mandi Hedberg and Lindsey Shean are in a nine-way tie for 27th after carding seven-over-par 79s during round one. Wrapping up Boise State’s first day on the islands was junior Iris Ocariza with a nine-over-par 81 to tie for 42nd.
The second day of competition begins Tuesday morning on O’ahu when the Broncos will look to close the gap on the tournament leaders.
Day One Summary
24th Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
Host: University of Hawaii
Kane’ohe, O’ahu, Hawaii
Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course
Par 72 5,907
Boise State Results: 6. Noelle Zavaleta (73, +1); T12. Minhee Park (75, +3); T27. Mandi Hedberg (79, +7); T27. Lindsey Shean (79, +7); T42. Iris Ocariza (81, +9).
Team Results: 1. Idaho (297, +9); T2. Nevada (303, +15); T2. Osaka Gakuin (303, +15); 4. Kansas State (305, +17); T5. Boise State (306, +18); T5. Hawaii (306, +18); T5. Texas A&M (306, +18); 8. Indiana (309, +21); 9. UTEP (315, +27); 10. Nagoya (319, +31); 11. Northern Colorado (335, +47); 12. Lipscomb (338, +50).
Top-Five Individuals: 1. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho (69, -3); T2. Lauren Johnson, Texas A&M (71, -1); T2. Melanie DeLeon, Nevada (71, -1); T4. Abbi Sunner, Kansas State (72, E); T4. Nanae Shinzato, Osaka (72, E).