Tough Start for Lobos at Rancho Bernardo

March 19, 2012

Team & Individual Results

The University of New Mexico women's golf team had a rough start to the rain-shortened Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego. The Lobos shot a 28-over 316 and are in last place in a strong 16-team field.

Playing on the soggy Rancho Bernardo Inn Championship Course in unseasonably cool and blustery conditions, 47th-ranked UNM is 23 strokes behind surprise first-round leader Tulane (293). The tournament features nine teams ranked in the top-30 of the latest GolfStat.com poll. Tulane is No. 37 in the nation.

Tomorrow's final round begins at 8:30 a.m. MST. The Lobos tee off between 10 and 10:36 a.m. The event was supposed to be 54 holes played over three days, but Sunday's first round was cancelled due to wet conditions.

Senior Sarah Salvo leads UNM at 74 (37-37), tied for 16th. Salvo suffered a double bogey on No. 15, but got back to level par with birdies at 18 and 4. She lost two shots on the back with bogeys at 6 and 7. The Lobos teed off from the 10th tee.

Sophomore Manon De Roey came in at 76 (41-35) followed by sophomore Sofia Hoglund at 77 (39-38).

It was a particularly long day for UNM's upperclassmen. Senior Rebecca Hellbom and junior Beth Buchner each shot 89, the highest single-round score of their careers.