New Mexico Vaults Into Lead After Second Round of MW Women's Golf Championship

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – New Mexico vaulted into the lead after 36 holes of the 2014 Mountain West Women's Golf Championship on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Lobos, who are looking for their first MW Championship title since 2010, have a total score of 14-over-par 590, including identical rounds of 7-over 295 through the first two days. New Mexico is currently two shots ahead of Fresno State and three shots in front of defending champion UNLV. The Bulldogs are second among the field with a combined score of 16-over 592 (296-296), while the Rebels are in third at 17-over 593 (303-290). San José State is currently in fourth position with an 18-over 594 (294-300), trailed by Boise State (296-305) and San Diego State (293-308) at 25-over 601. Colorado State finished the second round in seventh place at 40-over 616 (311-305), while Nevada and Wyoming round out the team standings with marks of 42-over 618 (308-310) and 51-over 627 (310-317), respectively.

Four golfers pace the individual leaderboard with identical 36-hole scores of 2-under-par 142, including 2013 MW Golfer of the Year Dana Finkelstein of UNLV. The junior, who entered the day at 1-over 73, fired the tournament-low three-under 69 in Round 2 on the par 72, 6,324-yard course. Finkelstein is tied with the Fresno State pair of Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (71-71) and Madchen Ly (71-71), as well as New Mexico's Manon Mollé (71-71). San Diego State's Emma Henrikson is currently two strokes behind at even-par 144, after posting a 1-under 71 on Day 1 and a 1-over 73 on Day 2.

Bjorgvinsdottir and Ly lead all golfers with eight birdies apiece through 36 holes, including five each on Day 2. Boise State's Genevive Ling, Nevada's Nikki Prichard and Wyoming's Emily Woodard have each tallied seven birdies.

The concluding round of the 2014 Mountain West Women's Golf Championship will begin at 7 a.m. PT Saturday morning. Live scoring is available at TheMW.com and GolfStat.com.