Lobos 16th after Round 1 of NCAA West Regional

May 10, 2012

The University of New Mexico women's golf team is in 16th place after the first round of the NCAA West Regional being played at the Colorado National Golf Course (par 72, 6,575 yards) in Erie, Colo. The Lobos shot a 15-over 303.

The top eight teams in the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Franklin, Tenn. The good news is that UNM is just six shots out of eighth shared by Colorado, Pepperdine and Tulsa at 297.

Stanford is the surprise leader after the first day. Teeing off in the afternoon, the 40th-ranked Cardinal shot a 1-under 287. Sixth-ranked North Carolina is second at 288 followed by top-ranked UCLA (290) and No. 7 LSU at 291.

New Mexico, playing in the NCAA postseason for the 20th consecutive season, begins its second round Friday at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 1 tee.

"It got a little windy and the greens dried out in the afternoon, which made it a challenge," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We had too many big scores, but we are not far from eighth. I liked the way we finished today and six shots is not very much on this course."

After playing in sunshine with temperatures near 80 today, the weather is expected to be dramatically different on Friday. The forecast calls for a high of 55 with a 40 percent chance of rain.

Starting on No. 10 this afternoon, the Lobos played the first nine holes in 8 over. They were 7 over on the back, but a combined 4 under over the final four holes.

Lobo sophomore Sammi Stevens was rock solid today, navigating the links-style course in even par 72 (36-36). She carded two bogeys and two birdies, highlighted with a 4-foot birdie putt on the closing par-3 9th hole. Stevens is tied for 12th.

Sophomore Manon De Roey shot a 76 (38-38). She was level on her round through eight holes, but suffered a double bogey on No. 18, then shot 38 on the front side.

Junior Beth Buchner also came in with a 76 (40-36). Playing in her first tournament in more than seven weeks due to a bothersome back, Buchner got in early trouble with a triple bogey 7 on her second hole. However, she answered immediately with an eagle on the par-5 12th. Buchner reached the green in two then rolled in an 8-footer for the second collegiate eagle of her career. She was 6-over after 12, but rallied again with a pair of birdies over the final four holes. Buchner is playing on a course that's just 35 minutes from her hometown of Loveland, Colo.

Sophomore Sofia Hoglund managed a 79 (40-39). Her undoing was a triple bogey 6 on the par-3 16th and consecutive double bogeys on 3 and 4.

Senior Rebecca Hellbom got off to a rocky start on the front side and finished with an 81 (43-38).

Stanford's Sydney Burlison - the Cardinal's No. 5 player entering the tournament - fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead by two shots over Hayley Davis from Baylor.