Lobos Make 21-Shot Improvement at Longhorn Invitational
Oct. 29, 2012
The University of New Mexico women's golf team made huge strides today at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Lobos improved their score by 21 shots from the first round to move into a tie for 12th place with UCLA in the elite 15-team field.
Starting the day in last place, UNM fired a 4-over 292 today, its second-lowest round of the fall season and the seventh-best score in round two. The Lobos have a 36-hole total of 605 (313-292) entering Tuesday's final round at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 72, 6,344 yards).
No. 4 Florida and 10th-ranked Alabama share the team lead at 3-under 573.
The field features 10 teams ranked in the top-40 of the most recent Golfweek national poll.
"I'm extremely proud of the performance today," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We were really focused."
Junior Sammi Stevens is leading the way for the Lobos. She made four birdies in her last eight holes today to finish with a 70, equaling a season-low. Stevens is tied for 20th at 2-over 146 (76-70).
Junior Manon De Roey is tied for 24th at 147 (75-72). She had three birdies and three bogeys during her even-par round.
Junior Sofia Hoglund shot 76 for the second straight day. She was even on her round through 14 holes, but bogeyed No. 6 and took a triple bogey 7 at the par 4 7th. She is tied for 48th at 152.
Highlighted by an eagle 3 on the par-5 fifth hole, senior Beth Buchner made a dramatic 12-shot turnaround today. She carded a 74 after shooting an 86 in the first round. Buchner is tied for 74th at 160.
The individual lead of 6-under 138 is shared by Florida's Camilla Hedberg and Jennifer Kirby from Alabama.
The final round of the 54-hole tournament begins Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. MT. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.