Boise State recorded its lowest round (304) of the week in the third and final round of Mountain West Women's Golf Championships on Wednesday afternoon
Dana Clary was sensational in the opening round at the Mountain West Women's Golf Championship, carding a 1-under 71
Boise State recorded a 6-over 294 as a team - good for its lowest round of the year - in the final round at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic to take 10th place
Boise State put together a complete performance at the Red Rocks Invitational and took fourth place in the 13-team field
Boise State (295-301) played their best golf of the year in the first 36 holes at the Red Rocks Invitational and Genevieve Ling (69-69) is tied for second heading into the final round
Boise State women's golf student-athlete Oceane Pelloille was selected to deliver the student speech at Boise State's 2017 Commencement.
Boise State Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony (April 21)
Women's Golf - Mountain West Championships (April 17-19)
Entering her 11th season as the head coach of the Boise State women’s golf team, Nicole Bird has been the model of longevity as the longest-tenured head coach since the program’s inaugural season in 1992-93.
With the 2017-18 season on the horizon, the Broncos plan on continuing their ascension up the Mountain West ranks under Bird’s watch.
Since she took over in 2007-08, Bird has steadily orchestrated a turnaround that has included team titles, individual titles and multiple achievements from student-athletes – both on and off the course.
Six of the top eight team season scoring averages have come from Bird-coached teams, including the 2016-17 team that ended up with a 310.28 average – good for No. 7 in program history.
The massive success in the classroom has also continued with a 3.58 2016 fall semester GPA and a 3.61 cumulative GPA – the fourth-highest cumulative GPA in program history. Five of the seven Broncos on the team were also named 2016-17 All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, as well.
The majority of the on-course highlights from the 2016-17 season featured two seniors who finished their careers as two of the best to ever wear the Blue and Orange – Genevieve Ling and Dana Clary. Bird helped guide both Ling (75.6 avg.) and Clary (76.86 avg.) to the No. 2 and 4 career scoring averages in program history, respectively.
The duo tied for tops on the team with season averages of 76.66 this past season, including a combined three top-10 results and nine top-25 finishes.
Ling recorded the second-best season scoring average of 74.53 in 2014-15, also capturing her first-career tournament victory at the Cowgirl Invitational, April 6-7.
Bird also helped Ling become the second individual in school history to compete in the postseason in 2014-15, as she earned an invitation to the NCAA Regional Championships in Raleigh, N.C. She was the first Bronco to be selected since Acey Erlandson in 2000.
The 2015-16 season saw Samantha Martin claim the school record for scoring average (74.03) during her final collegiate campaign. Martin graduated with lowest career scoring average in school history (75.02), and also boasts school records for career top-10 finishes (14), career top-25 finishes (29), single-season top-10 finishes (seven) and single-season top-25 finishes (nine). Additionally, her four-career tournament victories are the most all-time at Boise State.
Eight of the top 10 career scoring averages along with eight of the top 10 single-season scoring averages in school history have all come under Bird’s tutelage.
The Broncos captured a pair of tournament titles in 2013-14, earning a victory at the Winthrop Intercollegiate (Nov. 2-3, 2013) and a share of team medalist honors at the Fresno State Lexus Classic (March 17-18, 2014). During the 2012-13 season, the Broncos won the Cowgirl Classic (April 8-10) by 19 strokes, their first outright team title in nearly 13 years and the largest margin of victory since winning the Big Sky Championships by 24 strokes, Oct. 10-12, 1993.
The Broncos earned their first team title under Bird at the Bronco Fall Invitational, Oct. 13-14, 2008. Bird's five victories as head coach are the most in school history.
Martin was named second-team All-Mountain West in 2013-14, one of three all-league accolades since the Broncos joined the conference in 2011-12. Hayley Young was named second-team All-MW in 2012-13, and Ling garnered the accolade in 2014-15. Young was also named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010-11, and Iris Ocariza earned the award in 2008-09.
Boise State capped the most successful season in recent memory with a second-place effort at the 2013 Mountain West Championships, the best showing at a conference tournament since winning the Big Sky Championships, Oct. 10-12, 1993.
The team set the then-school record for highest single-semester grade-point average with a 3.68 in the spring of 2012, beginning a streak of three-consecutive semesters with the highest GPA in the department. The Broncos recorded another perfect multi-year APR of 1,000 this past year (2015-16), as well.
Bird joined Boise State after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. Her duties as assistant coach included aiding in recruiting, organizing day-to-day operations of the program and helping lead team practices and workouts.
The Horned Frogs posted five-straight NCAA Championships appearances and registered five regular-season tournament victories during Bird's tenure. The 2007 team won the MW Championships, and the program produced three All-America honorees in Catherine Matranga, Valentine Derrey and Brooke Tull. She also helped coach nine NGCA All-America Scholars, one Academic All-American and nine all-conference honorees.
Bird served as the assistant tournament director for the 2004 Conference-USA Women's Golf Championships, as an intern with the American Junior Golf Association and as the AJGA's Manager of Tournament Administration.
A native of Edmond, Okla., Bird attended Western New Mexico University from 1996-98 before transferring to Centenary (1998-2000), where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communication and professional writing.
She and husband Steve were married during the summer of 2011.
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