MW Championships on Deck
April 15, 2016

BOISE, Idaho- The Boise State women’s golf team will travel to Rancho Mirage, Calif. to compete in the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship, April 18-20.

The three round tournament will play a single round each day at the par-72, 6,291-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club. Live results will be provided by golfstat.com.

The Broncos will compete against eight other MW schools for this year’s conference title. Boise State enters the tournaments as the seventh-highest rated team in the conference, but have put together three-straight top four finishes as a team.

The nine schools competing will be (with their Golfstat national ranking in parentheses):

  1. UNLV (17)
  2. San Diego State (22)
  3. New Mexico (52)
  4. San Jose State (55)
  5. Colorado State (68)
  6. Fresno State (76)
  7. Boise State (102)
  8. Nevada (96)
  9. Wyoming (136)

Boise State will tee off the tournament at 8 a.m. MT, and will compete against San Jose State and UNLV in the opening round.

“We are looking forward to heading back to Mission Hills and playing the Dinah Shore again,” Boise State head coach Nicole Bird said. “It’s such an amazing course and the weather is supposed to be fantastic.”

The Broncos

Boise State will enter the tournament averaging a three round team score of 301.27, second lowest in school history. The Broncos enter championship week with momentum after stringing together their best performances over the past three tournaments, including a second place finish as a team at the Fresno State Classic, March 7-8.

“The conference championship is such a fun event because you just never know what can happen,” Bird said. “If the team stays relaxed and focused on the present, I think everyone can play their best golf at the same time. That’s what we are aiming to do.”

Samantha Martin

In her final Mountain West Championships, Bronco senior Samantha Martin will look to best her tied for seventh finish at 2014 Mountain West Championships that she notched as a sophomore. Martin enters championship week with the lowest scoring average in Boise State history at 73.96. Martin has finished in the top 20 in every tournament this spring, including a victory at the BYU Entrada Classic, Mar. 14-15. Martin is also the school record holder in top 25 finishes at 28, and is also the school record holder in medalist honors with four.

Genevieve Ling

Ling, the lone Bronco to compete past the MW Championships last season, will look accomplish the feat again this season with a good performance next week. Ling finished tied for 20th at last year’s conference championship as a sophomore. Ling’s scoring average of 74.62 this season is fourth best is school history. Ling has also strung together three-straight top 10 finishes to enter next week’s championship.

Sammie Pless

Pless has been a consistent performer for the Broncos during the spring season. The senior is averaging a score of 77.09 through 23 round of play this year, and notched a top 15 finish at the Fresno State Classic, March 7-8. This will be Pless’ fourth year competing at the conference tournament.

McKenzie Ford

Ford, the owner of three top 25 finishes this season, enters next week’s championship with the ninth best par-4 scoring average in school history at 4.2585. Ford has a scoring average of 76.62 this season, the lowest of her career. This will be Ford’s fourth appearance at the MW Championships. Her best finish was 11th as a freshman in 2013.

Oceane Pelloille

This will be Pelloille’s second appearance at the MW Championships after finishing 11th as a freshman in 2014. Pelloille has competed in three tournaments this season, with a ninth place finish at the Santa Clara Colby Invite, Oct. 19-20, being her best performance on the year. The junior is averaging a score of 79.44 this season, with her a season low of 74.


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