McKenzie Ford shot even-par Friday, one of only four rounds of par-or-better.
April 26, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The Boise State women's golf team concluded the second round of the 2013 Mountain West Women's Golf Championships tied for second place Friday, and senior Hayley Young finished the day tied for third.
The Broncos entered the day trailing first-round leader Fresno State by four strokes, but pulled even with the Bulldogs after shooting a second-round 304 (+16) at the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club.
The round is the second-lowest team score of the tournament, and two strokes off the Boise State record for lowest single-round team score at a conference championship. UNLV's second-round score of 290 (+2) is the lowest of the tournament, and moved the Rebels into first place.
The Broncos (614, +38) enter Saturday's final round 10 strokes back of UNLV, looking for their best finish at a league tournament since winning the 1993-94 Big Sky Conference Championships.
"Today was a lot better, and we made more birdies," head coach Nicole Bird said. "McKenzie is really coming on strong toward the end of the season, and Hayley is playing as steady as she always does. Our final round is typically our best, so if we can continue that trend tomorrow and all five golfers do what I know they're capable of doing, then we have a chance.
"We are peaking at the right time, and this is what we have been working toward all year."
Senior Hayley Young carded a 3-over-par 75 for the second-straight day. Her two-round total of 150 (+6) is tied for third place, two strokes back of tournament leader Nikki Prichard of Nevada (76-72--148, +4) entering the final round.
Freshman McKenzie Ford fired an even-par, second-round 72, one of only four rounds of par-or-better through the 80 rounds played at the tournament. Ford, who began the day tied for 19th, moved into a tie for seventh with a 36-hole score of 152 (+8). She recorded four birdies on the day, and was 1-under on the back nine.
Fellow freshman Samantha Martin posted a second-round 77 (+5), giving her a two-round total of 155 (+11). She will enter the final round tied for 11th, three strokes back of the top 10. Sammie Pless, also a freshman, finished the day tied for 17th after carding an 80 (+8) in the second round. She has a 36-hole total of 157 (+13), five strokes back of the top 10.
Rounding out the scoring for the Broncos was senior Lori Harper (80-83--163, +19).
Boise State will be grouped with UNLV and Fresno State in the final pairings for Saturday's final round. The schools are scheduled to begin teeing off at 10:10 a.m. (MT).
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