Lobos 4th, De Roey 5th at MW Championships
April 22, 2012
The University of New Mexico women's golf team enjoyed its best round of the Mountain West Championships, but it wasn't enough to climb the leaderboard on the final day of competition at the Wigwam Resort Gold Course (par 72, 6,208 yards) in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
UNM shot a 301 today, finishing in fourth place for the second consecutive year with a 54-hole total of 918 (310-307-301). The Lobos started the final round tied for fourth with UNLV.
TCU (904) won its second straight team title, holding off UNLV (909) by five shots. The Horned Frogs earn the Mountain West's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
UNM now awaits word on advancing to NCAA postseason for what would be the program's 20th consecutive appearance. The team selection announcement is April 30. NCAA regional competition is May 10-12 in State College, Pa., Columbus, Ohio, and Erie, Colo.
"Much better today, but a little too late," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "Based on the competition we have played this season, I like our chances of continuing our season next month."
Lobo sophomore Manon De Roey, who shared the lead after the first round, ended in fifth place for her best career finish as a Lobo. De Roey shot a 7-over 223 (72-75-76), which matches her lowest score in relation to par. De Roey has been UNM's top golfer in three of six tournaments this spring and she has a 75.31 scoring average in her last 13 rounds.
Sophomore Sammi Stevens placed 10th at 228 (78-73-77). The back nine proved troublesome for Stevens today as three bogeys and a double bogey led to a 40.
Sophomore Sofia Hoglund was poised for her best round of the spring season before incurring problems down the stretch. She was 1 over through 15, but bogeyed 16 and 18 and suffered a double bogey on 17. Hoglund finished with a 77 and a three-round total of 235 (78-80-77), tying for 20th.
Senior Rebecca Hellbom scrambled for a 75 today, her low round of the tournament. Hellbom's scorecard featured 11 pars, three birdies, two bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. Having never finished lower than ninth at three previous Mountain West Championships, Hellbom ended in a tie for 22nd at 236 (82-79-75).
Senior Sarah Salvo carded a 73, the Lobos' low score of the day and equaling her best round of the season. She made the turn in 39 after bogeys at 8 and 9, but played the back in 34. Salvo tied for 26th at 238 (84-81-73).
TCU's Sanna Nuutinen won the individual title in a playoff with San Diego State's Christine Wong. They tied at 217.