Broncos Saddle Up to Compete Against Conference Foes at WAC Championship

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What’s Happening - The Boise State University women’s golf team will face off against conference foes at the 18th Annual Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship, April 21-23, hosted by Fresno State University.

The 54-hole tournament will be held on the par-72, 6,125-yard Sunnyside Country Club. The first round of the tournament will take place Monday, April 21, with the San Jose State and Hawaii teeing off at 8:00 a.m., followed by New Mexico State and Fresno State at 8:40 a.m., and Idaho, Boise State and Nevada taking to the course at 9:20 a.m.

The second round will take place Tuesday, April 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m., with the final round taking place, Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 a.m. Team tee times for the second and third round will be determined by the previous round results.

The 2008 WAC Women’s Golf Championship will be free of charge to the general public.

The Field - In addition to Boise State the 7-team field will include Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

Idaho is the defending champion after placing four players in the top-10 in last year's championship at New Mexico State. Three of those players return this year led by senior Kelly Nakashima. Last year's individual medalist -- San Jose State junior Erica Moston -- also returns to defend her title. Moston won by seven strokes last year after shooting a one-over par 217. She has averaged a WAC-best 74.73 strokes per round during the 2007-08 season. San Jose State has featured the past two individual champions as Jenelle Gomez won the 2006 title held at Coyote Creek in San Jose.

Scoring Live scoring will be provided through Golfstat at www.wacsports.com.

The Broncos
The Boise State women’s golf team has participated in four tournaments during the spring season.

At the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational, Boise State finished in eighth place with a 609 (+33), took 13th (946, +82) at the Pinehurst Challenge, placed17th at the Mountainview Collegiate Invitational with a 939 (+75), followed by a 14th place finish at the Canes & Cardinal Classic with a total of 935 (+71).

In five fall tournaments the Broncos posted three top 10 finishes. The team’s best finish came at the Bronco Fall Invitational with it posted a 989 (+125) to earn fourth place. Boise State also finished sixth at the Giustina Memorial Classic with a 922 (+58) and seventh at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational with a 927 (+75).

The Players
Nikki Olson, Iris Ocariza, Lindsey Shean, Minhee Park and Mandi Hedberg will be representing Boise State in the tournament.

Senior Nikki Olson collected two seventh place finishes this year, matching her career-best finish. She posted an 8-over 224 at the Giustina Memorial Classic and a 241 (+25) at the Bronco Fall Invitational. Olson also recorded a top 25 finish at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational when she finished 18th with a 17-over, 230. While competing at the Mountain View Collegiate Invite, Olson garnered yet another top 25 finish when she finished the 54-hole tournament with a 224 total to tie for 20th place. In last week’s competition at the Canes & Cardinal Classic, the senior fired an even 72 in the second round, finishing the tournament with a score of 232 (+16) to tie for 52nd. Olson is averaging 77.2 strokes per round this season with a low round of 72 (E).

Iris Ocariza has three top 25 finishes this season. Her best finish came at the USF-Richmond Country Club Invitational when she recorded a 231 (+18) to finish tied for 19th. She also finished in 20th place at the Giustina Memorial Classic (230, +14) and the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational (150, +6). At the Canes & Cardinal Classic, she tied her season best 74 (+2) to finish in a tie for 52nd with a three-round total of 232 (+16). Ocariza averaged 78.2 strokes per round this season with a low-round score of 74 (+3).

Lindsey Shean played in all five fall tournaments averaging 79.1 strokes per round and posting two top 25 finishes. Shean notched back-to-back season-low rounds of 73 (+1) en route to her first top 25 finish of the season at the Heather Farr Invitational.

Minhee Park played in three fall tournaments and averaged 85.6 strokes per round. She also posted a season-low 80 (+9) in the opening round of the Kent Youel Classic. With the three tournaments Park competed during the spring season, she is averaging 82.5 strokes per round, three strokes better than her average during the fall.

Mandi Hedberg earned top 25 finishes four of the six tournaments she has completed. Her best finish came at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational when she tied for 13th with a 5-over 149. Her other top 25 finishes came at the Giustina Memorial Classic when she tied for 24th with a 15-over, 231, at the USF/Richmond Invitational 229 (+13) and at the Bronco Fall Invitational when she finished tied for 21st place with a 249 (+33). Hedberg is averaging 78.5 strokes per round this season with a low-round of 73 (+1).

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