The Boise State women’s golf team will take their clubs to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Intercollegiate this upcoming week.
The Broncos will look to build on three of their last invitationals, where they have steadily improved placing 12th, seventh and second in their last three invitationals respectively.
Though they have had an up-and-down season, head coach Nicole Bird said that the team has exceeded expectations.
“I expected to have a couple of top five finishes and to have some players shoot under par this fall.,” Bird said. “I don’t know if I expected that we would have five players do it, and some more than once, but it’s great.”
Thus far this season the Broncos’ have placed in the top two twice.
“I think after this last finish we know what we need to work on: we need to have a better last round,” sophomore McKenzie Ford said. “We started off pretty strong but just getting to that point of having a solid last round is what is going to make us better.”
The Broncos have a young squad this year as they carry only one upperclassman on the roster in red shirt junior Jenna Leurquin. For the Broncos, this isn’t viewed as a disadvantage but more as a strength.
“We have five new freshmen this year and they are all pretty darn good. They have all helped our team from a golfing aspect but also just off the course,” sophomore Sammie Pless said.
In other sports from year one to year two the “speed of the game” tends to slow down for players. Since golf is a stand still sport, Pless has been focused on staying loose and ready to go.
“Being more comfortable and loose, it takes a lot of pressure off and allows me to just play,” Pless said.
This relaxed demeanor will be crucial in the next invitational as the course just underwent recent renovations.
The Winthrop Intercollegiate will bring some interesting challenges for the women’s team, as they did not play in this tournament last year, and the course is said to have “a million dollars” worth of new bunkers, according to Ford.
There has been a lot of bunker work this week, both Pless and Ford stated, for their preparation for the invitational.
“After the Portland State tournament we dropped in the rankings and we weren’t where we want to be and so for the rest of the tournaments we have been trying to get our ranking where we want to be without focusing on the result” Ford said.
The Winthrop Intercollegiate will take place Nov. 2 and 3.