Lobos Tied for 15th at ASU Invitational
March 30, 2012
The competition is as rugged as advertised. Playing in a 17-team field featuring eight schools ranked in the national top-20 and all but one in the top-50, the University of New Mexico women's golf team is looking up at most of the field after one round of the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
The Lobos, ranked No. 50 in the latest GolfStat.com poll, shot an 18-over 302 today on the Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 6,21 yards). UNM is tied with San Diego State for 15th place. The only team in the tournament ranked lower than the Lobos is UNLV. Surprisingly, the Rebels are tied for fifth after shooting 287.
Led by Justine Lee's 4-under 67, host and fifth-ranked Arizona State has the team lead at 4-under 280.
The top Lobo is sophomore Manon De Roey, who fired a 1-over 72 (36-36) and is tied for 22nd. She carved out 15 pars, a birdie and two bogeys to post her second-best round of the season.
Senior Sarah Salvo, UNM's best golfer the past two tournaments, appeared headed for a solid round. She was 1 over through 13 holes, but made three bogeys over the last five holes. She finished with a 75 (35-40).
Senior Rebecca Hellbom shot 77 (36-41). She was 1 over on the front nine, but dropped five strokes on the back.
UNM begins second round play Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Mountain time from the No. 10 tee.
This is New Mexico's final competition before playing in the Mountain West Championships April 20-22 at Litchfield Park, Ariz.