San Diego State Captures First-Ever Mountain West Women's Golf Championship
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - San Diego State secured its first Mountain West Women's Golf Championship in program history on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The Aztecs posted a 54-hole total of 12-over-par 876 (288-301-287) to capture the team title by five strokes.
New Mexico tied a program record with a third-round score of 10-under 278 to propel the Lobos from a tie for sixth place into runner-up position in the team standings. UNM carded a 54-hole total of 17-over 881 (303-300-278) on the par 72, 6,291-yard course. San José State tallied a combined 22-over 886 (293-296-297) for third place. UNLV came in fourth overall with a 30-over 894 (299-298-297), followed by Nevada at 33-over 897 (299-296-302) and Colorado State at 49-over 913 (304-299-310). Boise State (301-301-313) and Fresno State (312-300-303) finished the tournament in a tie for seventh place with identical scores of 51-over 915, while Wyoming rounded out the field with a mark of 89-over 953 (312-325-316).
New Mexico sophomore Manon Mollé earned her first individual MW championship after surviving a one-round playoff with San Diego State freshman Milagros Chaves. Mollé who entered the final round three strokes back at 1-under 143 (72-71), forced the playoff after recording the low score on the day at 5-under 67. Chaves had previously established a new Conference first-round record with a 6-under-par 66 on Monday and posted a second-round 2-over 74, before concluding the 54-hole tournament with a 2-under 70. On the playoff, Mollé notched her 13th birdie of the tournament on the 18th green, while Chaves parred for runner-up position. It marks the second time in three years that a New Mexico golfer won the individual title in a playoff, after Manon DeRoey did so in 2013. Mollé's individual victory also marks the seventh for the Lobos since the league's inception in 1999.
Seven strokes separated the top five individuals, as UNLV senior Dana Finkelstein rounded out the top three at even-par 216 (74-69-73), followed by San José State senior Megan Osland (69-78-70) and San Diego State junior Emma Henrikson (75-72-70) in a tie for fourth at 1-under 217.
Chaves led all participants with 16 birdies throughout the tournament, including five on the final day of competition, while Mollé has 12 throughout the 54-hole tournament and one to close out the sudden-death playoff. Boise State sophomore Dana Clary carded the long eagle in the third round, joining Nevada senior Nikki Prichard and San Diego State junior Emma Henrikson as the trio with eagles in the 2015 MW tournament.