Lobos Improve Each Day To Finished 13th in Oklahoma Tournament

Oct. 17, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Women's Golf - At Susie Maxwell Berning Classic - Norman, Okla

Top Five: 1. Oklahoma 859. 2. Notre Dame 888. 3. Denver 898. 4. Texas Tech 899. 5. SMU 901. 13 (tie). New Mexico 310-308-304 - 922.

NORMAN, Okla. - The bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos' women's golf team is they lost the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic by 63 strokes. The good news is the Lobos improved their team score each day - from 310 to 308 to 304 and they weren't the only team to get burned by the red-hot Oklahoma Sooners.

The Lobos' 922 total left them 63 shots behind the Sooners, who took advantage of their home grass in Norman to roar to a 29-shot win over runner-up Notre Dame at 888. Denver finished third at 898 and Texas Tech, in second place going into Wednesday's final round, fell into fourth place with an 899 card.

The Lobos got into an early hole with a disastrous first-round that left them tied for last place in the 18-team field. UNM made a nice jump Tuesday in the second round moving up five spots into a tie for 12th place.

That jump was the product of UNM improving from 310 to 308, but also caused by a number of teams and individuals struggling on the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.

The Lobos saved their best round for last aided by junior Manon De Roey's 73 on Wednesday. De Roey had two birdies and three bogeys to miss par (72) by a single shot.

De Roey came into the tourney with a scoring average of 71.17, which was good for the No. 5 spot in the national standings. She also improved every day with cards of 7-over, 5-over and 1-over on Wednesday to finish tied for 43nd place at 229.

Junior Sammi Stevens shot a 78 on the final 18 holes, her worst round of the 54-hole tourney, but she ended up as UNM's top golfer with a 228, good for a tie in the 40th spot. Junior Sofia Hoglund, whose card was damaged Tuesday by a 79, shot a 76 on Wednesday to finish tied for 42nd.

Senior Beth Buchner went 80-78-77 for a 235 total and fell into the 71st spot. Freshman Xenia Knopf went 89-92-95--276.

Individual honors went to Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who fired a 68 Wednesday to pass Sarah Schober of Redlands Community College and Notre Dame's Lindsay Weaver. The Sooner finished at 209 with Schober and Weaver tied at 211. Weaver had the lead going into the final 18, but carded a 71 on Wednesday.