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Women’s golf makes history at Mountain West Championship

Photo courtesy of Boise State Athletics

Boise State women’s golf made history at the Mountain West Championship on April 20 at Mission Hills Country Club. The team finished fourth, making this the highest finish in nine years.

The Broncos finished with a score of 892 (301-296-295, +28) which crushed the school record of 915 set back in 2015. This total score also set a program record for the lowest team round at a conference championship. 

“We’re walking away thrilled and feeling like we finally put together a good tournament,” said head coach Kailin Downs. “We talked about what could have been. We were just two strokes out from second place, but that’s the story of golf, even when you perform well. Ending the season this way fuels our fire for what we are trying to accomplish going forward. It sets the tone for what this program is capable of achieving.”

Boise State finished two strokes behind the University of New Mexico (+26) while San Jose State University took the title and was the only team to finish under par (-4). 

Boise State women's golf chamionships 2022
[The Boise State women’s golf team.]
Photo courtesy of Boise State Athletics

Sophomore Franca Polla led the Broncos with a fifth-place finish and carding rounds of 74-70-75 (+3). This is the highest finish by a Bronco since 2006 when Mandi Hedberg tied for fourth place. 

“[Polla] showed what she is capable of,” Downs said. “She struggled a little bit during round three but had put herself in a really good position. I think she can learn from today. Overall, she put together a really nice conference championship.”

Senior Elena Castanon and fifth-year senior Lexi Perry finished within the top 20. 

Castanon was tied for 25th following the first round of the championship. She tied for 15th in the second round and eventually tied for 12th carding rounds of 76-74-73 (+7). 

Perry carded rounds of (78-77-71, +10) to finish out her college career tying for 18th place. Her third-round total is the fourth lowest in Boise State history, and her total score of 226 is tied for the ninth lowest of all time.

The Broncos’ 2021-22 season has officially come to an end.

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