Boise State's Genevive Ling Wins Individual Title at Cowgirl Classic
MARICOPA, Ariz. – Boise State sophomore women's golfer Genevieve Ling rallied from a one-stroke deficit in the final round of the Cowgirl Classic Tuesday, firing a 1-under 71 at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club to capture the individual title at the tournament.
Ling is the third-straight Bronco to earn at least a share of medalist honors at the Cowgirl Classic. Hayley Young won the event as a senior in 2013, and Samantha Martin, now a junior, tied for first place at last year's edition.
Ling entered the final round amidst a group of three trailing the tournament leader, Emelie Lundstrom of San Francisco, by a stroke. Ling's sub-par final round was one of only six such scores on the day, earning her the first tournament victory of her Bronco career.
She concluded the event with an even-par 216 (72-73-71).
"I had to stay very patient out there today," Ling said. "I was hitting the ball well, but wasn't rolling as many putts as I would have liked. I focused on staying in the present and trying to get as many birdies as I could. Overall, I was happy with my game.
"It feels great to win my first tournament as a Bronco. It's awesome to see the results from the work that I put in, and the extra push that I get from the team makes me strive to keep improving."
Ling grabbed sole possession of the final-round lead with a birdie on the par-4 14th hole, and led by as many as three before ultimately finishing one stroke clear of her nearest competitor. She put together 16-straight bogey-free holes – including a pair of birdies – before dropping her first shot of the day.
"I'm really proud of Gen for playing so consistently this week," head coach Nicole Bird said. "I knew this moment would come sooner rather than later, and it's exciting that she earned her first collegiate victory. It's especially exciting that she's the third Bronco in a row to win this tournament. She made lots of smart decisions this week, and her ball striking was as good as I have ever seen it. I'm very happy for her, especially heading into the conference championships. I know she's ready."
Ling is one of only 10 Bronco women's golfers to win a tournament all-time, and the victory is just the 15th in school history.
Boise State finished tied for fifth amongst the 22 schools in the field, posting scores of 300-307-296 (903, +39). Nevada won the tournament with an 888 (+24).
Sophomore Dana Clary (75-78-74—227, +11), and juniors Martin (80-76-74—230, +14), Sammie Pless (77-80-77—234, +18) and McKenzie Ford (76-82-79—237, +21) rounded out the scoring for the Bronco contingent.
The Cowgirl Classic was the Broncos' final tournament of the regular season. Next up is the 2015 Mountain West Championships, held April 20-22 in Palm Springs, Calif.