Women's Golf is off to WAC Championship in Arizona...
Ocariza and Park will be playing in final competition as Broncos.
Event: Western Athletic Conference Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship
Dates: April 19-21 (Monday-Wednesday)
Location: Mesa, Ariz.
Host Course: Longbow Golf Club
Yardage / Par: 6,146 / Par 71
Host: University of Hawai’i
Live Scoring: There will be live scoring available at WACSports.com and GolfStat.com.
► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s golf team closes out the season at the Western Athletic Conference Club Glove Golf Championship in Mesa, Ariz. The championship will be staged this Monday through Wednesday, April 19-21, at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa. Even though this year’s tournament is being hosted and ran by the University of Hawai’i this marks the first time that the competition has been played in a neutral city rather than at the location of the host school. The 2010 edition is the ninth WAC Championship in which the Broncos have participated since joining the league for the 2001-02 season.
► Last Time Out for the Broncos - Baylor Spring Invitational
The Broncos had a short turn around to get ready for the WAC Championship after competing this past Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13, at the Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas. Boise State shot a three-round score of 981 (+117) to finish 14th out of 16 teams. Senior Iris Ocariza continued to be strong leading the Broncos for the fifth time this season with a team-low 236 (+20) to tie for 28th out of 89 participants.
► Boise State’s WAC Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship History
Boise State’s top finish at the WAC Championship event was a fourth-place result during the 2003 championship at Kaolei, Hawaii shooting a 947, 33 strokes out of first-place. Last year the Broncos placed sixth out of seven teams with a final score of 916 (+52). Then-junior Iris Ocariza led Boise State with a 9-over 225 to tie for ninth, she was later named second-team All-WAC. Minhee Park was the only other current Bronco to compete at the event last year firing a 248 (+32).
► About The WAC Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship
This is the 20th annual Western Athletic Conference women’s golf championship. San Jose State is the defending champion after placing all five of its players in the top-13 in last year’s championship in Reno. Last year’s individual champion, Erica Moston of San Jose State, is gone, but both Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho and Louisa Lies of Fresno State return after the pair tied for second place, three strokes behind Moston. Mortellaro has averaged a WAC-best 72.22 strokes per round and is currently ranked seventh in the nation by Golfstat after winning three individual titles this season. San Jose State’s Cristina Corpus is also a multiple winner this year with two victories while her teammate Katrina Delen Briones and Lies have also earned titlest honors during the year.
► The Tournament Format For The WAC Championship
There will be the traditional scoring format for this event with each team having five players competing with the top-four scores counting towards the team total. The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over three days. The first will be Monday followed by the second on Tuesday and the final round on Wednesday. The tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. (Mountain) each day by tee times. Boise State will tee off on Monday at 8:10 a.m. and is paired with New Mexico State University for the first round.
► The Host Course
Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., will serve as the host club for the WAC Club Glove Women’s Golf Championship and will feature a competition course of 6,146-yards for a par-71. Course Highlights: 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
► The Seven-Team Field
The 2010 WAC Championship will have the seven member schools who sponsor the sport compete for the team and individual titles. The six schools competing against Boise State are Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State and defending champion San Jose State. In all there will be 35 participants competing for the team and individual titles.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
The Boise State lineup for the championship tournament will be highlighted by the Broncos two seniors, Iris Ocariza and Minhee Park, who depending on what happens at the WAC tournament could be playing in their final collegiate competition of their careers. Ocariza will open the event playing the number one position. The senior from Hawaii leads Boise State on the year averaging 77.3 strokes per round (spr). At the second position will be freshman Hayley Young averaging a team second-best 78.8 strokes per round. Freshmen Lori Harper (80.6 spr) and Jennifer Henningsson (81.6 spr) will begin in the third and fourth roster positions respectively, followed by Park (80.2 spr) at the fifth and final position.
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