Boise State Ready for Final WAC Tournament

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Western Athletic Conference Championship
“The Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship”


Dates: April 15-17, 2011
Location: Mesa, Ariz.
Host Course: Longbow Golf Club (Par 71 - 6,121 yards)
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com and www.WACSports.com

 

► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s golf team is off to its final Western Athletic Conference championship before next year’s move to the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos will be one of seven teams competing in the 21st edition of the WAC tournament which runs April 15-17 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship will be the final regular-season competition for Boise State this year.

► Boise State’s Roster

Representing the Broncos at the WAC championship will be sophomore Hayley Young, freshman Jenna Leurquin, redshirt-sophomore  Michelle Gooding, sophomore Lori Harper and junior Maria Santisteban. Young and Harper are the only members of this year’s championship roster with experience at a previous conference tournament having competed in last year’s title event.

► Championship Preview
(Courtesy of WACSports.com) San Jose State is the two-time defending champion after placing three players in the top six last year.  Last year’s individual champion, Hali Coppin of Fresno State, is gone, but Hawai‘i’s Kaili Britos and Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro return after finishing second and third, respectively, last year.  Mortellaro has averaged a WAC-best 71.71 strokes per round and is currently ranked 15th in the nation by Golfstat after winning two individual titles this season.  Nevada’s Lauren Hernandez is also a multiple winner this year with two victories while New Mexico State freshman Demi Mak has a tournament victory on the season as well.

► Boise State’s History at Championship
The Broncos have participated in nine previous WAC tournaments, 2002-2010, with a top result of fourth-place at the 2003 event which was held at Kapolei, Hawaii. The top individual finish to date is by Marie Beasley who tied for third in 2003 with a 12-over 228. Boise State has finished sixth at the event each of the last three years. Last year the Broncos shot 947 (+95) at Longbow Golf Club, the same course as this year’s tournament. Then-senior Iris Ocariza led the Broncos with a 233 (+20) tying for 13th, followed by current-sophomore Hayley Young who placed 17th at 23-over 236.

► Tournament Information
The WAC championship will feature the typical five-person squads with the top-four scores per round counting towards the team tally. The competition format for this event calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over three days. The teams will open the competition on Friday followed by the second round on Saturday and final 18 on Sunday. Each day will start by tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain) from the number one tee. Boise State will be paired with the University of Nevada in the opening round on Friday, pairings will then be set by scores for the final two rounds.

► The Championship Field
This is the Western Athletic Conference championship and as a result only the seven member schools who sponsor the sport will participate in the event. The competing schools include: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State. There will be a total of 35 golfers competing for the team and individual titles. 

► The Host Course

Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., will serve as the host course for this event for the second year in a row. The tournament will be staged as a par-71 played over a 6,121-yard course. Located in North Mesa, Longbow Golf Club is just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Old Town Scottsdale. The award-winning  Longbow Golf Club was honored as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in the Country” and ranked as “One of The Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play In Arizona”, by Golfweek Magazine.

► What’s Happened Recently For The Broncos

Boise State is coming into the WAC championship off its best performance of the spring placing 11th out of 23 teams at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic April 4-5 in Chandler, Ariz. The Broncos shot a three-round team score of 928 (+64) and were led by Hayley Young who recorded her fifth top-20 finish of the year placing 11th (tied) out of 122 participants with a 7-over-par 223. She was followed by Michelle Gooding at 18-over 234, Lori Harper at 21-over 237 and Jenna Leurquin at 22-over 238.