Lobos Tied for 4th at MWC Championships

April 21, 2012

UNM lost ground today at the Mountain West Women's Golf Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The Lobos shot a 19-over 307 in the second round and is tied with UNLV for fourth place in the seven-team field at 617 (310-307).

Playing on the demanding Wigwam Resort Gold Course (par 72, 6,208 yards), New Mexico began the day seven shots behind leader TCU, but that deficit has now doubled. The Horned Frogs (603) enter Sunday's final round with a five-shot advantage over San Diego State (608). Colorado State is a distant third at 616, one shot ahead of the Lobos and Rebels.

The Lobos were 8 over on the front nine and got to within nine shots of the lead. However, trouble at No. 10 - a bogey and two double bogeys - ended any real threat of UNM getting back into contention.

"Double bogeys really kill any momentum you are trying to get," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo whose team had eight doubles on their scorecards today. "Manon (De Roey) hung in there and I was really pleased with the way Sammi (Stevens) finished."

Lobo sophomore Manon De Roey, who had a share of the first-round lead, shot 75 and dropped into a tie for third at 147 (72-75). Her only real blemish today was one of the aforementioned double bogeys on No. 10.

De Roey begins the final round four shots behind TCU's Sanna Nuutinen, who shot 70 for a 36-hole total of 143.

Sophomore Sammi Stevens had the Lobos' low round of the day thanks to a blistering finish. Making four birdies in the last five holes, Stevens carded a 35 on the back and finished with a 73. She is tied for ninth at 151 (78-73).

Stevens made the turn in 38 after a birdie on No. 9. However, her momentum was abruptly halted following a double bogey on 10 and a bogey at 11. Stevens' flurry at the end included birdies at 14, 15, 16 and 18.

Sophomore Sofia Hoglund shot 80 and is tied for 19th at 158 (78-80). She birdied the first hole, but then dropped eight shots between holes 3 through 10.

Senior Rebecca Hellbom shot 79 and is tied for 25th at 161 (82-79). She shot 41 on the back and was stung by double bogeys at 13 and 18, both short par 4s. Hellbom has never finished lower than ninth at three previous Mountain West Championships, however, she is 10 shots from the ninth spot entering the final round.

Senior Sarah Salvo is tied for 32nd at 165 (84-81).

Final round action begins Sunday at 8 a.m. MT. The Lobos are paired with UNLV with tee times from 8:50-9:30 a.m.