Sun Tzu said in “The Art of War” that if you know yourself, but not your enemy, you will win one and lose one.
Boise State women’s golf head coach Nicole Bird has decided it’s time skip the whole losing part and begin to know the enemy.
In order to do this, the Broncos will spend the next two weeks at tournaments hosted by MW schools—a stark contrast to last season.
“As a freshman last year, I don’t think I saw more than one person from our conference in other tournaments before conference,” sophomore McKenzie Ford said. “It’s nice to be able to assess your competition before you go to conference.”
Boise State’s slate of conference-hosted tournaments begins Monday with the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State University.
Conference rivals Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico and the host Spartans will all be in attendance—as will schools from the Big West Conference and Pac-12.
Bird made the decision to attend more tournaments where fellow MW teams would be playing so more Broncos could make it onto the All-MW Conference team.
“For us to get players on the All-MW conference team and some things like that it is important to have the head to head experience beforehand,” Bird said. “Having our players play against them, and knowing what to expect, will be a good thing.”
Knowing how golfers such as Samantha Martin, consistently Boise State’s top golfer, stacks up against the top golfers from other MW schools will be valuable knowledge for the MW championships according to Bird.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” Ford said. “Our scores have definitely improved from the fall to the spring. We’re definitely getting closer as we move towards conference.”
Both Bird and Ford agree that the improved weather in Boise will help the Broncos scores improve down the stretch.
With the added experience gained from three rounds of practice outside, Bird has noticed more consistent scores across the board.
The pleasant weather is not the only thing that excites Ford, she is looking forward to making her season debut coming back from an injury in her native state of California.
“I’ve been wanting to get out there,” Ford said. “I finally have my game back and I’m ready to go. I’m excited to go back to California for a couple of days.”
Boise State will be represented by Martin, Ford, Genevieve Ling, Sammie Pless and Dana Clary.
Tee-off will be March 3 at 9:30 from Almaden Golf and Country Club.