Coming off an inconsistent performance at the Rose City Collegiate golf tournament, Boise State women’s golf team hopes to improve on their season Monday at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five” golf invitational.
For head coach Nicole Bird, improvement week to week is most important.
“We need to start playing better each round,” Bird said. “Our last rounds have been our highest scores and we can’t have that.”
At the Rose City Collegiate, only sophomore Samantha Martin earned an automatic qualifying berth for this week’s invitational by way of her third consecutive top 10 finish.
Martin will be joined by her fellow sophomores Sammie Pless and Mckenzkie Ford, along with freshmen Genevieve Ling and Dana Clary.
“Our top goal is to get the entire team up to where we should be,” Martin said. “We have to work harder to stay up there.”
Bird agrees that the Broncos have more work to do in order to work on the consistency issues that has plagued the young team.
“I’m hoping that we can figure out our core three (this weekend,)” Bird said. “They need to play more consistent so it’s hard to see who our top golfers are with such a young team. The more they play the better they’ll get.”
Boise State has only one upperclassman on roster this season, redshirt junior Jenna Lerquin.
According to Bird, Lerquin has been working hard to remain positive with eight new golfers.
Hosted by New Mexico State, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” invitational will be played over Oct. 7-9 at the NM State Golf Course.
Boise State will have the opportunity to preview Mountain West Conference foe Nevada as well as in-state rival Idaho—something that Bird is looking forward to.
Kansas is the top seed in the tournament followed by Washington State and Idaho to round out the top three.
Martin hopes that the Broncos can try their best and support each other. Freshman Genevieve Ling however, has other goals for her team.
“I want us to take home the trophy,” Ling said.
The number one goal for Bird however is a top five finish as a team—something she says will require some individuals to have to step up.
“[A top five finish] is going to take a couple individuals to have under-par rounds,” Bird said.
The Broncos will tee it up in Las Cruces on Monday morning at 8:30 am.