Broncos Prepare For Western Athletic Conference Championships

What’s Happening All the team’s hard work, perseverance and preparation throughout the year is focused on bringing a conference championship back to the school and Apr. 23-25, the Boise State University women’s golf team will have the opportunity to capture the title at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships at Las Cruces, N.M.


The tournament will be held at the University Golf Course on the New Mexico State campus Monday, Apr. 21 through Wednesday, Apr. 23, with 18-holes scheduled for each day.


The Teams The field will be the smallest of any tournament this year with only seven of the nine WAC members sponsoring a women’s golf program. Competing against Boise State will be Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, and San Jose State.


The Broncos have seen each WAC opponent’s golf squad, save San Jose State, this year and have finished tied or ahead of each team on at least one occasion.


The Players In the final event of the regular season, Boise State squad will send seniors Katie Street and Lindsey Huebert in addition to junior Nikki Olson, sophomore Mandi Hedberg and freshman Iris Ocariza.


Last season at the WAC Championships, Huebert remained consistent throughout the tournament as she posted a 79 (+7) in round one, a 78 (+6) in round two and a 78 (+6) in round three to finish tied for 14th place with a 19-over, 235. This season Huebert is averaging 79.5 strokes per round over seven tournaments. She also set a career-low with her 72 (E) in the second round of the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational in Sept. Huebert also recorded a career-best three round score at the Price’s “Give’em Five” Invitational and Salbasgeon Suites Invitational with a 230 (+14).


Street enters the tournament tied for first on the Boise State list for career top 25 finishes with 20. She is averaging 77.1 strokes per round in ten tournaments. Street also moved into a tie for fourth place on the Broncos all-time list for career top 10 finishes with six. Street posted the best individual finish for Boise State this season when she tied for fourth place (230, +14) at the Duck Invitational at Junction City, Ore, Mar. 27. Street has finished in the top 25 at WAC for three consecutive seasons including a tie for 15th place at the 2005 WAC Championship. Street is averaging 79.1 strokes per round in the WAC Championship play throughout her career.


In five tournaments, Olson is averaging 79.9 strokes per round including setting a career-low 72 (E) in the second round of the BYU Dixie Classic. Olson led the Broncos at the same event with an 18-over 234 to finish tied for 37th place. Although Olson has not participated in the WAC Championships she does have the experience. Last season Olson finished tied for 13th at the NAIA Nationals after finishing 22nd in 2005.


Hedberg enters the event averaging 77.0 strokes per round to lead the team. She has recorded three top 20 finishes this season including a tie for seventh at the Baja Classic. In her first WAC Championship appearance, Hedberg finished tied for fourth with a 229 (+13). She led the event after two rounds of play with a 3-over 147 but shot an 82 (+10) in the final round to fall back. The 70 (-2) Hedberg registered in the second round of the WAC Championships set Boise State record for lowest single round score at a conference championship.


Ocariza tied the school record with a 69 (-3) in the first round of the Baja Classic and finished tied for seventh. Ocariza posted four top 25 finishes and one top 10 finish in 10 tournaments during her freshman season. She ranks eighth on the Broncos all-time list for the season scoring average with a 77.9. This will be the first WAC Championships for Ocariza but considering her accomplishments, experience and all-around game, she is prepared as anyone heading into the tournament.



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