► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s golf team is off to Memphis, Tenn., for the University of Memphis Invitational this coming Monday through Tuesday, Oct. 25-26. This 18-team tournament is being hosted by the Memphis Tigers of Conference-USA at Ridgeway Country Club. This is the fifth of six fall competitions for the Broncos. Live scoring will be available for this tournament at www.golfstat.com.
► What’s Happened Recently
The Broncos are coming off their top tournament score of the fall with a 45-over-par 909 at the Price’s Give`Em Five Collegiate in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 11-13. Boise State placed 12th overall but turned in two of its top-three rounds of the season with a 13-over 301(third best) on the first 18 followed by a 10-over 298 during the final session for its second best score of the season. Hayley Young continues her solid form this fall leading Boise State for the fourth time with a team-best 9-over 225. Three other Broncos turned in career performances Michelle Gooding (229, +13), Jenna Leurquin (230, +14) and Lori Harper (232, +16). Katie Somers was solid as well recording the first sub-par round of the fall for Boise State with a 2-under 70 on the third round to finish at 230 (+14).
► The Tournament Format for Memphis Invitational
The Memphis Invitational will feature the typical five-person squads with the top-four scores per round counting towards the team tally. The competition format for this tournament calls for three rounds of stroke play, staged over two days. The teams will play 36 continuos holes on Monday followed by the final round on Tuesday. Both days are scheduled to begin by shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. (Mountain). Boise State will be paired by Arkansas State and Butler on Monday.
► The Host Course
Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., will serve as the host course for this event. The tournament will be staged on its “South Course” and will feature a competition course of 5,980 yards for a par-71.
Course Quick Facts:
USGA Slope: 128
USGA Rating: 71.1
Greens: Bent Grass
► The Memphis Invitational Field
The field for this tournament will consist of 18 NCAA Division I programs. Boise State will be the only team representing the Western Athletic Conference at this competition. The other 17 schools include: the host school University of Memphis, as well as, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Butler, Cincinnati, Evansville, Illinois, Indiana State, IPFW, Marshall, Mississippi State, Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State, Samford, Southern Mississippi, UAB. In all there will be over 80 individuals competing for the team and individual titles at this tournament.
► Boise State’s Tournament Roster
Boise State will use primarily the same lineup as it did the last two times out with one exception, Jennifer Henningsson will get her first 54-hole tournament action of the fall. It is young roster featuring one junior, three sophomores and one freshman.
No. 1 Position: Hayley Young - The sophomore has led Boise State at all four competitions heading into this tournament. Young has recorded two career performances this year, the last was a 6-over 222 at Rose City Collegiate to place tied for seventh. She shot 9-over 225 in Las Cruces, N.M., tying for 28th. She is averaging a team and career-best 74.9 strokes per round (spr) this season.
No. 2 Position: Michelle Gooding - Gooding will start at the second position for the Broncos. She has set a new career-high in all three major tournaments this fall. Last time out she fired a 229 (+13) at the Price’s Give`Em Five in Las Cruces. This season she is averaging 77.3 spr.
No. 3 Position: Lori Harper - Harper gets the nod at the third slot for this competition. The sophomore from Manhattan Beach, Calif., shot a career-best 232 (+16) in Las Cruces, N.M. Through 10 rounds played this fall she is averaging 79.0 spr.
No. 4 Position: Jenna Leurquin - Leurquin, the true-freshman from Brussels, Belgium, will open at the number four position. She recorded a career-best 14-over 230 at the Price’s Give`Em Five in her last outing. On the year Leurquin is averaging 78.1 spr.
No. 5 Position: Jennifer Henningsson - The final spot on this week’s tournament roster goes to sophomore Jennifer Henningsson. This is the first 54-hole competition of the year for the native of Sweden. In her only action this season she shot a 7-over 79 in a dual match with the College of Idaho on Sept. 22. Henningsson’s career average per round is 81.2.