It has been three weeks since the women’s golf team has taken a swing. They will finally get back out on the course when they travel down to Maricopa, Ariz. at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course for the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Sometimes a long layover can hurt a team but the Broncos feel as if the layover will be beneficial and has helped them re-energize for the home stretch of the season.
“I think it helps because it gives us the opportunity to work on parts of our game that we need to work on,” said sophomore Sammie Pless. “Also it gives us a little bit of a mental break from the game so we can go into this tournament and ready to go.”
Some of the Broncos stayed in Boise while others went back home to get away from the game. Pless went back home to Arizona where she had the opportunity to practice in the warm weather—hopefully giving her a slight edge.
With an experienced squad, head coach Nicole Bird, excited about what the future has in store for the Broncos.
“Our scoring average is a lot better; it is a full stroke lower than it was last year,” Bird said. “Very excited about our young team. They have played a lot better than I expected. To have freshmen who can come up and replace the seniors who graduated last year has been really amazing.”
The Broncos are entering the tournament in Arizona as defending champions and repeating is never an easy task for anyone.
“It is going to be a little different because this is a new course we have never played here before, even though it is the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic it is held at a different golf course with different teams on the field,” Pless said.
The Broncos are still trying to put three full rounds of golf together after their last tournament where they were co-champions with Fresno State. The Broncos have set a lofty goal for themselves for this tournament, one of which they feel they are knocking on the door.
“We want to birdie every hole at this golf course,” Bird said. “That is that goal that we keep trying every time and get so close.”
Look for the Broncos to try and defend their championship on April 7 in Maricopa, Ariz. They will face a daunting task to repeat with schools such as Wyoming, BYU, Eastern Washington and New Mexico State.