Senior Samantha Martin is one stroke back of the top 15 at the Rose City Collegiate
The Boise State women's golf team looks to improve on last year's third place finish in Portland.
Senior Samantha Martin broke Katie Street's school record of career top 25 finishes
Junior Genevieve Ling is tied for second at the Ptarmingan Ram Classic
The Boise State women's golf team will open their 2015-16 season in Fort Collins, Colo.
Nicole Bird is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Boise State women's golf team in 2015-16, the longest-tenured head coach since the program's inaugural season in 1992-93.
Since she took over in 2007-08, Bird has steadily orchestrated a turnaround from near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference to near the top of the Mountain West.
Along the way, the Broncos have won team titles, individual titles, several student-athletes have earned recognition both on and off the course and records have fallen.
This past season the Broncos sent just the second individual in school history to the postseason, as then-sophomore Genevieve Ling 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.
Ling set the school record with a scoring average of 74.53 in 2014-15, also capturing her first-career tournament victory at the Cowgirl Invitational, April 6-7.
The Broncos produced four of the top 10 single-season scoring averages in school history this past season, with Samantha Martin (74.70; second), Dana Clary (75.67; fifth) and Sammie Pless (76.50; ninth) joining Ling. In all, eight of the top-10 single-season scoring averages in school history have come under Bird.
Martin had set the school record previously in 2013-14 (74.70), putting together one of the greatest individual seasons in school history. Martin also entered the 2015-16 season tied atop the Broncos’ career lists for both top-10 and top-25 finishes.
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.
Individually, Martin has captured three tournament victories, the most in school history. She was also 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 Mountain West Championships, the second-best finish at a conference tournament in school history and the best showing since winning the Big Sky Championships, Oct. 10-12, 1993.
In the classroom, 18 Broncos have garnered conference all-academic honors and 10 have been named Women's Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars.
The team set the 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' 2013 Academic Progress Rate score of 992 was a program record (four-year average), and included a perfect score of 1,000 for 2011-12. The Broncos have now posted four-straight perfect single-year APR scores, and have earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in each of the last two years (2013-14 and 2014-15) for having a multi-year APR score ranking in the top-10 percent nationally.
Bird brought in a trio of highly-touted freshmen for the 2012-13 campaign, and the group did not disappoint. McKenzie Ford, Martin and Pless ranked 20th-natioanally in Golfstat's Freshmen Impact Rankings at the conclusion of the season.
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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