Lobos 18th after Two Rounds at NCAA Regional

May 11, 2012

The University of New Mexico women's golf team is in 18th place after two rounds of the NCAA West Regional being played at the Colorado National Golf Course (par 72, 6,575 yards) in Erie, Colo. The Lobos have a 36-hole total of 34-over 610 (303-307).

The top eight teams in the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Franklin, Tenn. UNM started the day in 16th place and just six shots out of eighth, but that gap is now 13 strokes entering Saturday's final round. California is 8th at 597.

After playing in sunshine and temperatures near 80 on Thursday, the weather was drastically different today. During UNM's morning round, it was cloudy with a wind chill in the low 40s. Saturday's forecast calls for a 50 percent of scattered thunderstorms and a high of 62.

Stanford (580), ranked 40th coming into the regional, maintained the team lead by one shot over 7th-ranked LSU (581). Top-ranked UCLA and No. 6 North Carolina are tied for third at 586.

New Mexico, playing in the NCAA postseason for the 20th consecutive season, begins its final round Saturday at noon on the No. 10 tee. The Lobos will be paired with Iowa State and TCU.

"The wind, plus the dryness and slope of the greens made putting a difficult task," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We didn't putt well, but several times we were not rewarded even when we hit good approach shots."

Unlike yesterday whey they played their last four holes in a combined 4-under-par, the Lobos had issues coming in today, dropping a collective six shots on holes 16 through 18.

Lobo sophomore Sammi Stevens shot 77, but remains the team's top performer at 149 (72-77). She was 2-over through 10, but was stung by a bogey at 11 and a double bogey on the par-5 12th. Stevens is tied for 30th.

Sophomore Manon De Roey had a rough front nine with five bogeys that led to a 78. De Roey is tied for 71st at 154 (76-78).

Sophomore Sofia Hoglund and senior Rebecca Hellbom tied for low honors today at 76.

For Hoglund, it's her lowest score in 16 rounds, since a 74 on Feb. 20 in the first round of the UNLV Spring Invitational. Hoglund has a two-day total of 155 (79-76), tied for 88th.

Through 15 holes today, Hellbom was 1 over and staring at one of her best rounds of the spring. However, she bogeyed 16 then made a forgetful double bogey on 18 after finding a hazard coming out of a fairway bunker. She is tied for 95th at 157 (81-76).

Also at 157 is junior Beth Buchner (76-81). Playing in her first tournament in more than seven weeks due to a bothersome back, Buchner bogeyed five of the first six holes and never recovered in a round of 81.

North Carolina's Catherine O'Donnell holds the individual lead (5-under 139) by one shot over Austin Ernst from LSU.