Don’t expect to see Boise State’s women’s golf team taking things easy with the weather getting nicer—they’re currently making one last big push for the MWC championships.
After a nearly three month layoff due to the winter break, the Broncos find themselves needing to make the most of every single competition, and cannot take next week’s Jim West Challenge as a rust buster.
With a little over two months left until the MWC championships, head coach Nicole Bird believes her team is ahead of where they’ve been in the past at this point in the season. Bird realizes however, there is plenty of work remaining.
“I think the goals the team set for this spring are very challenging but everyone is committed,” Bird said in an email. “We do have some things to work on . . . but we are definitely ahead of where we’ve been at this point in the past.”
The work needed to be done in this last push for the postseason means Boise State needs to make the most of every opportunity.
“Unfortunately there’s no such thing (as a rust buster) in golf,” Bird said. “We only have nine more regular season events before conference, and they all count towards our ranking.”
Bird is hoping to see more birdies from her golfers this weekend after not seeing as many during the fall season. She expects to see that after the Broncos primarily worked on putting during the winter layover.
“Everyone has been working on all parts of their game during the offseason and I’d like to see the work pay off out on the course,” Bird said. “Really we’ve been working on putting, as that is what leads to birdies . . . we are going to focus on that in the spring.”
The best way to score more birdies according to Bird is changing Boise State’s mental approach to them.
The nice weather predicted in New Braunfels, Texas, the host city of the tournament, already has Bird excited to see better scores from her team. She’s counting on the Broncos’ score being lower by five strokes just because of more friendly weather.
Boise State is still somewhat in the dark on which golfers they will have competing at the Jim West Challenge.
The Broncos are still trying to qualify and will be informed of their tournament line-up on Thursday, Feb. 13.