Boise State Rallies to Finish Fourth at WAC Championship
Young named second-team All-WAC.

MESA, Ariz. (4/17/2011) -- The Boise State University women’s golf team closed its final appearance in the Western Athletic Conference championship strong by recording its top round of the semester with an 18-over 302 on the final day in Mesa, Ariz. The Broncos rallied from sixth-place on Friday to fourth-place this afternoon with a three-round tally of 921 (+69), matching the program’s top finish ever at the WAC championship. Lori Harper led the Broncos Sunday with a career-best 72 (+1) on the final 18 holes to move into a tie for 11th with a final tally of 13-over 226. Hayley Young led Boise State overall with a 12-over 225 to place tied for ninth, in addition to being named second-team All-WAC.

San Jose State defeated New Mexico State by two strokes on Sunday to win the Club Glove WAC Women’s Golf Championship at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.  The Spartans won their third-consecutive title and fifth as a member of the WAC by posting a three-round total of 884 (+32).

In the rest of the team competition, New Mexico State was second (886), Fresno State third (913), Boise State fourth (921), Nevada fifth (922), Idaho sixth (926) and Hawaii seventh (929).  The Bulldogs posted the best round of the day with a 290 to move from seventh place to third for the tournament.

Boise State improved throughout the course of the three-day competition shaving strokes off the previous day’s score. On Friday the Broncos shot 26-over 310, Saturday they recorded a 25-over 309 followed by today’s spring best 18-over 302. They jumped past first round leader University of Nevada this afternoon to claim fourth-place, that matches the 2003 team’s top finish ever of fourth-place in the WAC title event. 

Idaho junior Kayla Mortellaro (68-72-72--212) won the individual title after starting today’s round in second place.  Mortellaro won by three strokes over round two leader, Madeleine Ziegert (72-67-76--215).  San Jose State’s Katrina Delen-Briones (73-78-70--221), New Mexico State’s Demi Mak (74-73-74--221) and New Mexico State’s Apinporn Swaschuto (73-72-76--221) all tied for third at 8-over par.  Delen-Briones posted the best round of the day with a 1-under 70 on Sunday.

Hayley Young finished the tournament with a team-best 12-over 225 after firing a 4-over 75 this afternoon. The sophomore from Honolulu, Hawaii, claimed her fourth top-10 and sixth top-20 finish of the season earning her second-team All-WAC honors.

Lori Harper had a career performance in Mesa, Ariz., setting new marks for low-round score with today’s 72 (+1), tournament-low total of 226 (+13), as well as top-finish placing 11th. The sophomore from Manhattan Beach, Calif., improved with each round starting with a 7-over 78 on Friday followed by Saturday’s 5-over 76 and today’s career-best.

Michelle Gooding finished tied for 24th after shooting her tournament low 6-over 77 on today’s final 18. The redshirt-sophomore from Wilder, Idaho, finished with a three-round score of 236 (+23).

Rounding out the tournament for Boise State were junior Maria Santisteban who finished at 29-over 242, followed by Jenna Leurquin who shot a 6-over 78 this afternoon. Unfortunately, Leurquin was disqualified on Saturday for signing a wrong scorecard and did not officially place.   

Overall, the Broncos closed the 2010-2011 campaign strong showing steady improvement down the stretch with their top-two results of the spring semester. After placing 11th out of 23 teams at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic earlier this month they followed with their best finish at the WAC championship in eight years, since 2003. Boise State’s future looks strong as their are no seniors on this year’s squad as they prepare for the move into the Mountain West Conference next season. 

Also announced today were the All-WAC teams and top awards.  Idaho junior Kayla Mortellaro was voted the WAC’s Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season by the seven head coaches. Freshman of the year honors went to New Mexico State’s Demi Mak and Coach of the Year honors went to New Mexico State’s Paul Brilliant.

Final Tournament Summary

Western Athletic Conference Championship
April 17, 2011
Mesa, Ariz.
Longbow Golf Club (Par 71 - 6,121 yards)

Individual Results (Top-Five and Boise State)

1.    Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho (68-72-72--212, -1)
2.    Madeleine Ziegert, San Jose State (72-67-76--215, +2)
3.    Jennifer Brumbaugh, San Jose State (77-71-72--220, +7)
T4.    Katrina Delen-Briones, San Jose State (73-78-70--221, +8)
T4.    Demi Mak, New Mexico State (74-73-74--221, +8)
T4.    Apinporn Swaschuto, New Mexico State (73-72-76--221, +8)

T9.    Hayley Young, Boise State (76-74-75--225, +12)
T11.    Lori Harper, Boise State (78-76-72--226, +13)
T24.    Michelle Gooding, Boise State (78-81-77--236, +23)
30.    Maria Santisteban, Boise State (80-78-84--242, +29)
DNP.    Jenna Leurquin, Boise State (78-DQ-78, DQ)

Team Results

1.    San Jose State (302-288-294--884, +32)
2.    New Mexico State (305-286-295--886, +34)
3.    Fresno State (308-315-290--913, +61)
4.    Boise State (310-309-302--921, +69)
5.    Nevada (301-312-309--922, +70)
6.    Idaho (314-305-307--926, +74)
7.    Hawaii (305-311-313--929, +77)

2010-11 WAC Postseason Awards

First Team All-WAC
Demi Mak, Fr., New Mexico State
Suteera Chanachai, Sr., New Mexico State
Teo Poplawski, Jr., Idaho
Kayla Mortellaro, Jr., Idaho
Madeleine Ziegert, Jr., San Jose State

Second Team All-WAC

Hayley Young, So., Boise State
Louisa Lies, Jr., Fresno State
Jamie Yam, Jr., Nevada
Lauren Hernandez, Sr., Nevada
Katrina Delen-Briones, Sr., San Jose State

Player of the Year: Kayla Mortellaro, Jr., Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Demi Mak, New Mexico State
Coach of the Year: Paul Brilliant, New Mexico State

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