“I got to do it all at Boise State,” said Katie Manor (Street), a member of the Boise State women’s golf team from 2003-07. “I wasn’t just a student or an athlete, [I was a] student-athlete.”
However, donning the Blue and Orange wasn’t always part of Manor’s plan.
At the beginning of her recruitment process, San Francisco and Yale were her top-two choices, but following the death of a loved one, Manor’s bond with then-coach Lisa Johnson grew, ultimately drawing her to Boise State.
During her freshman season, Manor experienced a major swing change, resulting in her only playing in two tournaments in the fall. The following spring, the Federal Way, Wash., native made the Broncos’ travel team and saw action in additional tournaments.
Manor’s consistency on the course etched her name in the Boise State record book under numerous categories. She ranks third in career top-25 finishes with 21, is tied for sixth in single-season top-25 finishes, registering seven during the 2004-05 season, and her six-career top-10 finishes remain tied for the seventh-most in program history.
Additionally, Manor’s career scoring average of 77.77 in 104 rounds played ranks ninth all-time, and she is tied for ninth in individual low 36-hole score, firing a 144 (72-72, E) at the 2005 Bobcat Desert Classic in Goodyear, Ariz.
Manor is just one of 12 Broncos in Boise State history to capture an individual tournament title, winning the 2005 Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno, Nev., recording rounds of 73-72-78 (+10). At the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, Manor garnered second-team all-conference honors.
A staple in the Broncos’ WAC championship lineups, Manor capped off her historic career by being Boise State’s top finisher at the 2007 conference tournament, tying for 16th. In the final round of the competition, Manor fired a 73 (+1), a mark that is tied for 10th in individual low round at a conference championship.
Off the course, Manor garnered several academic awards while earning her bachelor’s degree in business economics. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and was named a Top-10 Scholar for the class of 2007 by the Boise State Alumni Association.
Furthermore, Manor was honored with an NCAA postgraduate scholarship following graduation, becoming just the 10th student-athlete in school history to be honored with the award.
She was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC consists of student-athlete representatives from each team at Boise State. These representatives serve as the voice of Bronco student-athletes to the administration, conference and NCAA.
Manor climbed the ladder in SAAC, becoming the conference representative at the national level, which helped her earn a year-long internship with the NCAA.
Her experiences with SAAC sparked her interest in pursuing a career in sports, and with dreams of working in a university’s athletic compliance office, law school was the logical next step. Manor was accepted to Washington.
However, while working the final event of her internship with the NCAA, Manor realized law school was no longer the path for her. Standing on the 18th green, Manor called her parents to inform them that she was not going to attend law school.
Rather, she received her master’s degree in sports administration from Seattle U and moved to Dallas to work for the North Texas PGA.
Her role with the PGA was to run the Fairway to Success program, teaching golf to at-risk high school students in Dallas and offering them guidance through college.
One opportunity led to the next, and today, Manor serves as the executive director of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
Golf will always be part of her life. What started with learning from her grandfather has now been passed down generations to her 9-year-old son Will and 5-year-old-son Cole. Manor, her two boys and her now 89-year-old grandfather still enjoy family time out on the course.
“The opportunity I was given at Boise State created every opportunity I have had since I graduated,” said Manor.