Women's Golf Opens at the Circling Raven Collegiate...
► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s golf team opens the new campaign in northern Idaho at the Circling Raven Collegiate in Worley on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 13-14. The event is hosted by Gonzaga University at Circling Raven Golf Club in the Coeur d’Alene area and will feature 20 schools. This is the first time that the Broncos have participated in this competition.
► About The Broncos
Boise State features a young team with no seniors on the roster. The experience on the squad comes from a mix of seven returning veterans, three juniors and four sophomores, who all competed for Boise State in at least one tournament last season. The juniors include Michelle Gooding, Maria Santisteban and Katie Somers; the sophomores are Emma Dahlqvist, Lori Harper, Jennifer Henningsson and Hayley Young. This core group is joined by two true-freshmen in Jenna Leurquin from Belgium, and Kodie Stanley from Fresno, Calif.
► The Tournament Format for Circling Raven Collegiate
The Circling Raven Collegiate features the typical five-women squad per school with the top four scores per round counting towards the team total. The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds of stroke play staged over two days. The first and second rounds will be played on Monday, Sept. 13, followed by the third round on Tuesday. The event is scheduled to begin daily at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain) by shotgun start.
► The Host Course
The Circling Raven Golf Club will serve as the host course for this tournament and features a picturesque course located on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in northern Idaho. The Circling Raven Collegiate will be played on a 6,106-yard course for a par-72. The golf club is part of the Coeur d’Alene Casino, Resort and Hotel, in Worley, Idaho.
The competition course was ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses to play by Golf Magazine (2008-10) and the top Tribal Golf Course in America as ranked by Native American Casino Magazine.
► The Circling raven Collegiate Field
The Circling Raven Collegiate field consists of 19 schools, 18 NCAA Division I programs and one from Canada. Representing the Western Athletic Conference will be Boise State and Nevada. The other 17 schools include: the host Gonzaga, Brigham Young, British Columbia, Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Washington State and Weber State. In all there will be over 90 individuals competing for the team and individual titles at this competition.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Boise State’s lineup for the Circling Raven Collegiate will feature four veterans and one newcomer.
No. 1 Position - Playing the number one position will be sophomore Hayley Young. The native of Hawaii is the top returning Bronco having played in eight tournaments last season finishing with a 78.8 strokes per round (spr) average, the best average among the returners.
No. 2 Position - The second position will feature junior Michelle Gooding who returns to active play after sitting the spring out last year because of injury. The native Idahoan has averaged 80.5 spr in four collegiate competitions to date.
No. 3 Position - Newcomer Jenna Leurquin from Brussels, Belgium, gets the nod at the third roster slot for the Circling Raven Collegiate. The freshman has had a solid preseason performance to earn a position on the Broncos first tournament roster.
No. 4 Position - Opening at the number four position will be Maria Santisteban. The native of Tampico, Mexico, is coming off a victory at this summer’s CPT Canyon Springs Collegiate Open in San Antonio, Texas. The junior has competed in six tournaments for Boise State to date with a career 83.3 spr average.
No. 5 Position - The final spot on the roster for the Circling Raven Collegiate goes to Lori Harper. The sophomore from Manhattan Beach, Calif., saw action in nine of the 10 tournaments Boise State participated in last year averaging 80.7
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