Moving Day for Lobos at ASU Invitational
March 31, 2012
In Tempe, Ariz., the University of New Mexico women's golf team posted its second-lowest round of the season to move up three spots after two rounds of the PING/ASU Invitational.
Playing at the Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 6,121 yards) on the campus of Arizona State University, the 50th-ranked Lobos shot a team score of 291 (+7) for a 36-hole total of 593 (302-291). The 11-shot improvement from the first round moved UNM into a tie for 12th place with No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Lobos started the second round in a tie for 15th.
UNM's 291 total was the fifth-lowest round today in a 17-team field that features 16 top-50 schools.
The Lobos' season-low score is 289 in the first round of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in October.
While the Lobos were happy moving up the leaderboard, they know it could have been even better. As a team, UNM was just 1 over on its round through 16 holes before dropping six shots over the final two holes.
"The big thing today - for the most part - is that we were consistent," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "This is the way we need to be playing heading into the conference championship in three weeks."
Top-ranked UCLA overtook host Arizona State for the team lead at 565. The Bruins have a 9-shot lead over Texas and Texas A&M (574). The Sun Devils (578) fell into a tie for fourth after shooting a 14-over 298.
Sophomore Manon De Roey continues to lead the Lobos after shooting her second-straight 72, and that was even with a double-bogey 6 on the final hole today. De Roey is tied for 15th at 144 (2 over).
Sophomore Sammi Stevens rebounded from an opening-round 78 to shoot 1-under 70, tying a season low. She had three birdies and one bogey on No. 8, the next-to-last hole. Stevens is tied for 42nd at 148 (78-70).
Senior Sarah Salvo overcame a triple-bogey 7 on the first hole to shoot 74. She played par golf the rest of the day and is tied for 47th at 149 (75-74).
Senior Rebecca Hellbom is tied for 60th at 152 (77-75). Like the first round, Hellbom had a tough time closing. She shot a 75 today, but lost four shots over the final six holes. Through two rounds, Hellbom is just 2 over on the front side, but she is 8 over on the back.
Sophomore Sofia Hoglund is tied for 80th at 156 (79-77).
UCLA's Tiffany Lua has the individual lead at 137 (5 under).
UNM begins final round play Sunday at 9:50 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.