Young, Broncos Lead Cowgirl Classic

GOBRONCOSDOTCOM Young holds a four-stroke lead over two individuals tied for second place.
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Young holds a four-stroke lead over two individuals tied for second place.
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April 8, 2013

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - Each of the five members of the Boise State women's golf team is in the top 25 after the opening round of the Cowgirl Classic Monday, including senior Hayley Young, who finished the first day as the only individual in the 103-woman field under par.

The Broncos posted a team score of 307 (+19), leading the 19 schools in the field. Boise State will enter Tuesday's second round with a seven-stroke lead over second-place Northern Arizona.

Young fired a 1-under 71 at the 6,299-yard Ocotillo Golf Resort, tying her career best for a single round. She holds a four-stroke lead over two individuals tied for second place.

"I'm so proud of the team for having amazing attitudes today in tough conditions," head coach Nicole Bird said. "They got off to a great start before the wind picked up. They stayed steady and didn't make any big mistakes, which is what our focus was going into today."

Freshman McKenzie Ford posted an opening-round 78 (+6), and will enter the second round tied for 11th place, one stroke back of a seven-way tie for fourth place. Fellow freshmen Samantha Martin and Sammie Pless each shot 79 (+7), good for a 16th-place tie, just two strokes back of the top 10.

The three freshmen currently rank 25th-nationally in the Golfstat Freshman Class Impact Rankings.

Senior Lori Harper (80, +8) rounded out the scoring for the Broncos, finishing the day tied for 23rd. With four Broncos in the top 20, Harper's round did not factor in the team scoring. However, her round would have counted for each of the other 18 schools in the field.

The first-place Broncos will begin Tuesday's second round with tee times at 9:09 a.m. (MT).

"Tomorrow we are just going to try and stay relaxed, and play one shot at a time," Bird said. "They play really well on this course, so we are excited for round two."