All season, the Boise State women’s golf team has been trying to gain a better understanding of their conference foes before the Mountain Championship occurring later this week.
So far, they like their chances.
With victories against every Mountain West school they’ve faced this season, the Broncos are looking to improve on their sixth place conference ranking and contend for a championship.
“I think we are just as good as any team in the conference,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of pressure on other schools that are ranked a little higher that more have that expectation to win and have all that pressure on them.”
Coming off of top three finishes in five of their last nine tournaments, the Broncos are peaking at just the right time.
Sophomore Samantha Martin has been the unquestioned leader of this years squad with six top 10 finishes and owning the share of two tournament titles this season.
Martin, paired with fellow sophomore McKenzie Ford, who returned from an injury in early March, gives Boise State two golfers expected to place well over the weekend.
“In the last few tournaments where we’ve played MWC teams, we actually did really well,” freshman Genevieve Ling said. “We don’t plan on going in there with the mentality that we have to win this, but we know that we could do that.”
Bird is excited to see if Boise State’s lineup for the MWC championships can continue their streak of earning at least a share of a tournament victory.
When together, the lineup of Martin, Ford, Ling, Sammie Pless and Oceane Pelloille have won both the Winthrop Intercollegiate, and a share of the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
“It feels good to have our full line-up,” Bird said. “Team chemistry wise, I think they’re really gelling. They’re focused when they need to, but they’re relaxed when they’re not on the golf course.”
Boise State will also have knowledge on the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Course from Gerina Piller, an LPGA golfer who has played the course before.
Bird was able to get notes from Piller via Ryan Hietala, the men’s assistant coach who attended UTEP with Piller.
“I think it’s one of the best championship golf courses there is,” Bird said. “I think what it does is it evens out the field really well.”
Tee begins with Pelloille at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday. The Broncos will be paired with Nevada and UNLV for the opening round.