Lobos tie for 14th at ASU Invitational
April 1, 2012
In Tempe, Ariz., the University of New Mexico women's golf team finished in a tie for 14th place at the PING/ASU Invitational. On a day when scores soared due to windy conditions, the Lobos finished with a 54-hole total of 906 (302-291-313).
A day after posting the fifth-lowest round (291) in a stellar 17-team field, the Lobos had the second-highest today.
Today's blustery conditions elevated the average 18-hole score to 78.78 for the 90 participants on the Karsten Golf Course (par 71).
UNM started the final round in a tie for 12th place with 11th-ranked Oklahoma State, and ended tied with No. 23 Washington.
The 17-team field featured 16 schools ranked in the nation's top-50 and eight positioned among the top-25 of the latest Golfstat.com poll.
Top-ranked UCLA easily won the team title at 857, defeating host Arizona State by 12 shots.
While 50th-ranked UNM was 29-over on its round today - four more strokes than its first 36 holes - the par-4 18th was a particular nemesis. Teeing off of No. 10, the five Lobo golfers played No. 18 in a combined 10-over par.
"We still have a lot of work to do to get ready for conference," said head coach Jill Trujillo, referring to the Mountain West Championships April 20-22 in Litchfield Park, Ariz. "First, we need to get some rest and get our strength and health back. It's been a pretty challenging grind the past month."
Sophomore Manon De Roey led the Lobos at 222 (72-72-78) to tie for 26th. De Roey had an eight-hole stretch where she lost six shots, but made a birdie 3 on the final hole.
Senior Sarah Salvo tied for 46th at 227 (75-74-78). She posted a wild scorecard with three birdies, seven pars, six bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
Sophomore Sammi Stevens lost four shots on the final five holes, including a disheartening double bogey on No. 9, the closing hole. She tied for 51st at 227 (78-70-79).
Senior Rebecca Hellbom tied for 71st at 231 (77-75-79). Unlike the first two rounds, Hellbom finished strong today. She closed with eight straight pars after dropping eight shots on the first 10 holes.
Sophomore Sofia Hoglund tied for 81st at 236 (79-77-80).
UCLA's Ani Gulugian and Demi Runas from UC Davis shared the individual title at 212 (1 under). They were the only golfers in the 90-player field to finish in red numbers for the tournament.