It’s only fall and a gap of six months remains until the 2013-14 Mountain West Conference Women’s Golf Champions, but Boise State will have an excellent preview for championship season with the SCU Colby Invitational.
The Colby Invitational will be hosted by Santa Clara University at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club.
Head women’s golf coach Nicole Bird is looking forward to teeing off at sea level—similar conditions the Broncos will face at the Mountain West Championships in Palm Springs in May.
“I feel like going to this part of the country where we’re not going to hit the ball as far because it’s at sea level will give us a good preparation for conference because it’s very similar,” Bird said.
Bird believes playing a 19-hole course—the longest the Broncos will play in the fall—is also good preparation for the postseason.
A continued improvement of consistency is what Bird hopes Boise State can walk away with from the tournament.
The Broncos struggled earlier in the season in their final rounds, putting up some of their highest scores after a phenomenal, low-scoring first round.
“My goals are for us to put two consistent rounds together,” Bird said. “Our first round scoring has been phenomenal but our final round scoring has been a struggle this year, so I want to make sure that we hold two solid rounds.”
Junior Jenna Leurquin agrees it’s time for the team to start putting up more consistent scores like the Broncos did when they placed second in their season opener at home.
“The goal is to have a solid team performance similar to our season opener, with all five of us competing at a high level for two rounds,” Leurquin said. “We also want to improve through the rounds as it has been one of our weaknesses throughout this semester.”
Boise State will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after Santa Clara bested the Broncos by seven strokes in their home tournament earlier this season.
“We’re looking forward to facing Santa Clara because they beat us at our home tournament by seven strokes,” Bird said. “We would love to repay that favor.”
The Boise State contingent of Samantha Martin, Sammie Pless, McKenzie Ford, Dana Clary and Leurquin will tee off the first round on Oct. 21.