From 2006 to 2010, Iris Ocariza was a name that made headlines in Boise State women’s golf.
Coming out of high school, Ocariza had no intention of jumping straight into college golf. Instead, she had planned to attend a golf academy on the East Coast, but her high school golf coach had other plans.
“My high school golf coach heard [that I planned on attending a golf academy before going to college], and he contacted the Boise State head coach,” Ocariza said. “The head coach contacted me immediately and persuaded me to join the Broncos women’s golf team. I’m so glad she did.
Ocariza’s career has been marked by consistency and the top 25 finishes. She recorded 18 top-25 performances during her tenure, tied for sixth in the program’s history.
She ranks eighth in career individual scoring average with a 77.54 rating in 116 rounds played and is tied for 10th in the individual low round, shooting 3 under par twice in her career.
Additionally, Ocariza was the Broncos’ top conference championship finisher in 2009 and 2010. At the 2009 WAC Championships, she finished tied for ninth, earning second-team all-conference honors.
“My time as a student-athlete was that and more,” Ocariza said. “A student first, then an athlete. I learned to be a team player through the good examples of others around me, the guidance of all my teachers and those involved in athletics, including PRECO.
His success on the course carried into the classroom. Ocariza earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her master’s degree in sports psychology from Argosy University.
Today, she lives in South Korea and is one of the main teachers at an after-school English academy. In addition, she is very involved in volunteering.
“I love volunteering around the world, teaching the Bible and living the best life ever,” Ocariza said.