Young's tournament victory is the 10th all-time for a Bronco.
April 10, 2013
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Senior Hayley Young earned individual medalist honors in leading the Boise State women's golf team to the team title at the Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, Wednesday. Young was seven strokes clear of her nearest competitor, and the Broncos won the tournament by 19 strokes.
Young's tournament victory is the first of her career and the 10th all-time for a Boise State women's golfer. The medalist honor is also the first for a Bronco since Katie Street won the Wolf Pack Invitational, Sept. 26-28, 2005.
The team title is the school's sixth all-time, and the first outright victory since winning the Bengal Classic, April 17-18, 2000. Boise State finished in a four-way tie for first at the Bronco Fall Invitational, Oct. 13-14, 2008.
"This is one of the proudest moments of my coaching career," head coach Nicole Bird said. "To see how hard this team has worked and how positive they stayed throughout the week, was amazing.
"Leading a tournament for three rounds is a hard thing to do, but they have an incredible amount of talent and they never got flustered. The team remained confident and positive, and they definitely earned this trophy."
Young tied her career best with rounds of 1-under 71 on the first two days of the event, and closed with an even-par, final-round 72 - tied for the second-lowest score of the day. Her three-round total of 214 (-2) earned her a seven-stroke victory over Aram Choi from Portland State, the second-largest margin of victory all-time for a Bronco and the largest since Acey Erlandson won the Portland Invitational by nine strokes, Sept. 27-28, 1999.
Young, the only individual in the 103-woman field to finish the tournament under par, was one of four Broncos to finish the event in the top 25.
Freshman McKenzie Ford notched the first top-10 finish of her career, concluding the event in a tie for fourth place with a 54-hole score of 225 (78-73-74, +9).
Lori Harper matched Young's even-par, final-round 72, moving up the leaderboard into a tie for 14th, her second-best finish of the season. Harper, who began the day tied for 31st, finished with a three-round total of 231 (80-79-72, +15).
Freshman Sammie Pless recorded her third top-25 finish in four tournaments this spring, finishing tied for 22nd with a 233 (79-78-76, +17).
Rounding out the Bronco contingent was freshman Samantha Martin, who finished tied for 27th, one stroke back of the top 25 (79-81-75--235, +19).
Boise State held the tournament lead after each day of the tournament, and improved its performance each day of the event. After posting rounds of 307 (+19) and 301 (+13) on days one and two, respectively, the Broncos closed with a final-round 293 (+5) - the team's best round of the spring and two strokes shy of the school record, set earlier this season in the final round of the Price's "Give `Em Five" Intercollegiate, Oct. 10.
The Broncos (901, +37) finished 19 strokes clear of second-place Xavier, the largest margin of victory since the squad won the Big Sky Championships by 24 strokes, Oct. 10-12, 1993.
Next up for the Broncos is the Mountain West Championships, held in Palm Springs, Calif., April 25-27.