Young Top Finisher for Broncos at MW Championships
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Boise State junior Hayley Young finished in eighth place at the Mountain West Women’s Golf Championships Sunday, posting a three-round total of 226 (+10).

Young’s final-round, 3-over-par 75 at the 6,208-yard Wigwam Resort Gold Course helped her notch a second-straight top-10 finish at a conference championship tournament. She finished ninth at last year’s Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Young concludes the 2011-12 season with six-career top-10 finishes, tied for the fourth-most in school history, and 12-career top-25 finishes, tied for the eighth-most all-time for a Bronco women’s golfer.

Her scoring average of 75.6 this season is the fourth-best in school history. Young set the school record last year at 75.8.

Sophomore Jenna Leurquin tied her season low with a final-round score of 74 (+2) en route to a three-round total of 231 (+15). Her 15th-place effort at the conference championships marks her best-career collegiate finish.

Leurquin ends the season with a career-best three top-25 finishes, and her scoring average this season (77.5) is the 10th-lowest in school history.

Junior Lori Harper finished tied for 16th, carding a three-round total of 232 (+16). Her final-round, 2-over 74 was her best round at the event, and her three top-25 finishes this season are a career best.

Boise State finished in sixth place as a team with a score of 935 (+71), 10 strokes ahead of Wyoming.

“We finally had some consistency in our scoring, which is what we were working on all semester,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “We had three solid rounds today that moved us up, and that was our goal this morning. I’m proud of everyone for fighting hard until the end.”

Redshirt junior Michelle Gooding concluded the conference championships with a 54-hole total of 246 (+30), and senior Maria Santisteban finished with a three-round total of 263 (+47).

Playing in her final collegiate event, Santisteban had led the tournament through her first six holes. The senior from Tampico, Mexico, earned co-medalist honors in the Broncos’ dual against the College of Idaho earlier this season.

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