Ocariza ties for ninth at WAC tournament.
RENO, Nevada (4/22/09) Iris Ocariza fired a 4-over 76 during the final round of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship Wednesday afternoon to tie for ninth place. The junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, was also named to the league’s All-WAC second team for her efforts throughout the season. Mandi Hedberg recorded the top overall single round score at the tournament for the Broncos with a 1-over 73 this afternoon. As a team Boise State improved with each round during the three-day tournament shaving four strokes off its first round score Monday by tallying a 303 (+15) this afternoon to finish in sixth place overall with a final score of 916 (+52).
San Jose State, the nation’s 21st ranked team, ended up winning the team title by an impressive 19 strokes over second-place Idaho. The Spartans finished with a tournament team total of 6-over-par 870 out distancing the Vandals who turned in an 889 (+25).
Ocariza led Boise State at the WAC Championship finishing with a 225 (+9) to finish in a four-way tie for ninth place, 11 strokes out of first. The junior completed the three rounds with scores of 74-75-76 on the par-72 course. Ocariza recorded the team-high during the first round then followed that up by tying for the lead in the second. In all, she recorded five birdies and 36 pars. This marks her highest finish at the conference tournament surpassing the 18th place tie during the 2008 championship.
Noelle Zavaleta finished second among the five Broncos during the WAC Championship. The freshman carded a 5-over 77 in the final round today to end the competition at 229 (+13) and in a four-way tie for 17th. She tied for the team’s best score during yesterday’s second round with a 75 sandwich by a pair of 77s. Zavaleta finished the event with seven birdies and 30 pars.
Boise State’s two seniors Mandi Hedberg and Lindsey Shean finished their Bronco careers by tying each other for 25th. Hedberg fired the best Boise State score during the three-day event this afternoon when she turned in a 73 (+1). Added to her other two results of 81 and 77 in the previous rounds meant Hedberg finished at 231 (+15). Shean recorded a 5-over 77 today resulting in her matching Hedberg’s final tournament score.
Rounding out the Boise State roster was Minhee Park who turned in her best round of the competition this afternoon when she tallied a 5-over 77. The junior finished the tournament with a 248 (+32).
This concludes the 2008-09 campaign for the Boise State women’s golf team. They will return six of the eight student-athletes on this year’s roster next season, as well as, welcome three newcomers who have already signed letters of intent.
Final Tournament Summary
Western Athletic Conference Championship
April 22, 2009
Hosted by the University of Nevada
Wolf Run Golf Club (Par 72; 6,133-Yards)
Boise State Results T9. Iris Ocariza (74-75-76--225, +9); T17. Noelle Zavaleta (77-75-77--229, +13); T25. Lindsey Shean (75-79-77--231, +15); T25. Mandi Hedberg (81-77-73--231, +15); 34. Minhee Park (84-87-77--248, +32).
Team Results 1. San Jose State (285-289-296--870, +6); 2. Idaho (298-300-291--889, +25); 3. Fresno State (303-288-305--896, +32); 4. Nevada (308-296-296--900, +36); 5. New Mexico State (305-305-301--911, +47); 6. Boise State (307-306-303--916, +52); 7. Hawaii (319-308-313--940, +76).
Top-Five Individuals 1. Erica Moston, San Jose State (71-73-70--214, -2); T2. Louisa Lies, Fresno State (70-73-74--217, +1); T2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho (74-72-71217, +1); 4. Melanie DeLeon, Nevada (72-73-73--218, +2); T5. Katrina Briones, San Jose State (67-74-78--219, +3); T5. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State (74-71-74--219, +3).
2008-09 WAC Postseason Awards
First Team All-WAC
Kayla Mortellaro, Fr., Idaho
Melanie DeLeon, Sr., Nevada
Katrina Delen Briones, So., San Jose State
Cristina Corpus, Jr., San Jose State
Erica Moston, Sr., San Jose State
Second Team All-WAC
Iris Ocariza, Jr., Boise State
Taylor Siebert, Sr., Fresno State
Corie Hou, Jr., Hawaii
Suteera Chanachai, So., New Mexico State
Madeleine Ziegert, Fr., San Jose State
Player of the Year: Erica Moston, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year: Kayle Mortellaro, Idaho
Coach of the Year: John Dormann, San Jose State