Boise State's Martin Fires 9-under 63 En Route to Win
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Boise State junior women's golfer Samantha Martin fired a course- and school-record 9-under 63 in the final round of the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational Wednesday, capturing a share of her third-career tournament victory.
Martin began the day tied for eighth place, trailing the second-round co-leaders by five strokes. She recorded nine birdies and nine pars in the final round, finishing with a three-round total of 10-under 206 and vaulting up the leaderboard into a tie for first place with two others.
"Everything was going great throughout my round," Martin said. "I hit almost every fairway and I believe I hit every green. My ball striking was amazing, I was sticking my shots close and my putting was incredible. I stayed patient and gave myself opportunities to make birdies, and the putts were just falling in.
"I can't believe how well I played and I'm happy with how I finished. I didn't really think about my score during the round and just focused on one shot at a time. I feel that helped me to play well, and I'm excited to come out on top."
The three-round tournament score shattered the Broncos' previous record by eight strokes, and her 9-under 63 bested the previous school mark by five shots. She broke the 6,271-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course record by two strokes.
Martin's three-career tournament victories are the most in school history. She also captured the individual title at last year's Winthrop Collegiate, and earned co-medalist honors at last year's Cowgirl Classic.
Junior McKenzie Ford (70, -2) and sophomore Dana Clary (71, -1) also recorded sub-par final rounds, and junior Sammie Pless carded a 2-over 74. The three scores, combined with Martin's 9-under 63, contributed to the lowest score of the tournament, and the lowest score in school history. The final-round 278 (-10) broke the school record set just yesterday during the second round (285, -3).
Boise State hadn't fired a sub-par team score in school history, but notched back-to-back rounds of better-than-par in the second and third rounds this week.
At 860 (297-285-278, -4), Boise State finished in second place, breaking the school's three-round scoring record by 22 strokes. The Broncos also finished a tournament under-par as a team for the first time in school history.
Ford joined Martin in the top 10, finishing tied for ninth with a 54-hole total of 215 (75-70-70, -1). Clary finished tied for 25th with a 221 (77-73-71, +5).
Sophomore Genevieve Ling (73-72-77—222, +6) finished one stroke back of the top 25, and Pless (76-73-74—223, +7) finished two strokes back.
Next up for the Broncos, who have improved their finish at each tournament this season, will be the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Oct. 21-23.