Broncos Finish Second at MW Championships

GOBRONCOSDOTCOM Hayley Young is the first Bronco to earn all-league honors in the MW.
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Hayley Young is the first Bronco to earn all-league honors in the MW.
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April 27, 2013

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The Boise State women's golf team capped one of the most successful seasons in school history with a second-place effort at the 2013 Mountain West Women's Golf Championships, Saturday.

Senior Hayley Young was named second-team All-Mountain West following what is arguably the greatest season by a women's golfer in Bronco history.

With a 916 (310-304-302, +52) at the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club, the Broncos tied the school record for three-round total at a conference tournament, matching the team's score at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

The Broncos' final-round 302 (+14) tied the school record for single-round score at a conference championship, matching the team's final round effort at the 2011 WAC Championships.

Boise State's team finish is the second-best in school history at a conference tournament, and the best since winning the 1993-94 Big Sky Conference Championships - a span of nearly 20 years.

"I have never been more proud of a team," head coach Nicole Bird said. "This entire season was amazing - we tied or broke nearly every school record in the book this year, and continued to get better throughout the season.

"Our seniors provided tremendous leadership, and combined with a talented freshmen class, we accomplished a lot. I am absolutely elated with the steps this program took this season."

Young led the way for the Broncos as she had all season, finishing tied for seventh with a three-round total of 227 (75-75-77, +11). The 54-hole total is two strokes shy of the school record at a conference tournament, a mark she earned a share of with her performance at the 2011 WAC Tournament.

Her scoring average of 75.19 this season is the lowest in school history, breaking the mark she set during her sophomore year. Young concludes her Bronco career owning three of the top five single-season scoring averages in school history.

Young's five top-10 finishes in 2012-13 tied the school record (Acey Erlandson, 1999-2000), as did her eight top-25 finishes (Daniela Wall-Thompson, 1994-95). She registered 11-career top-10 efforts, tied for the most in school history (Maria Beasley, 1999-2003), and her 20-career top-25 efforts are tied for the second-most all-time by a Bronco (Beasley).

She earned medalist honors at the Cowgirl Classic earlier this month, just the 10th individual title in school history and the first in nearly eight years.

Young is the first Bronco to earn all-league honors since Boise State joined the Mountain West, and the only Bronco in the last four years to earn all-conference recognition. She was also named second-team All-WAC in 2010-11.

Young's successes in 2012-13 were shared by fellow senior Lori Harper, and a trio of freshmen that entered this week ranked 21st-nationally in the Golfstat Freshman Class Impact Rankings. Each competed in every tournament this season, and each capped 2012-13 with a top-25 finish at the MW Championships.

Freshman Samantha Martin recorded her first-career top-10 finish, finishing tied for ninth place with a three-round total of 228 (78-77-73, +12). The effort marked her sixth top-25 finish of the season, tied for the seventh-most in school history.

Martin concluded her collegiate debut with a scoring average of 76.65, the sixth-best single-season mark in Boise State history.

Fellow freshman McKenzie Ford finished 11th at the conference championships, one stroke back of notching a second-straight top-10 finish to end the season. Ford, who finished tied for fourth at the Cowgirl Classic earlier this month, finished this weekend with a three-round total of 229 (80-72-77, +13).

Senior Lori Harper and freshman Sammie Pless rounded out the scoring for the Broncos, each finishing tied for 24th. Harper posted rounds of 80-83-75 (238, +22), while Pless carded 77-80-81.

For Harper, the top-25 finish was the seventh of her career. She tied her career high with three such efforts this season.

For Pless, the effort marked her fourth top-25 finish in five tournaments this spring, and her fifth in her first season with Boise State.

The Broncos finished 12 strokes back of tournament-champion UNLV (904, +40), and Young finished four strokes back of a pair of golfers tied atop the leaderboard at 223 (+7).

Boise State and UNLV were the only teams to place three individuals in the top 11 of the individual standings.