Lobos Open Spring Season at Arizona Invitational
Feb. 2, 2012
The 44th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team opens its spring season Sunday at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played at The Golf Club at Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz. The schedule is for 18 holes Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com.
THE COMPETITION - The 15-team field includes (22) Arizona, (8) Arizona State, (23) Colorado, (40) Denver, (128) Northern Arizona, (44) New Mexico, (97) New Mexico State, (56) North Texas, (54) Oregon State, (124) Portland State, (34) San Diego State, (41) Stanford, (1) UCLA, (63) UNLV and (89) Washington State. Rankings, in parentheses, are based on the latest Golfstat poll from Nov. 30, 2011.
LAST YEAR AT THE ARIZONA INVITATIONAL - The Lobos finished in seventh place at the 2011 Wildcat Invitational. UNM shot a final round 319 for a 54-hole total of 915 (51-over) at The Golf Course of Vistoso. The final round was played in sustained winds of 20 m.p.h., gusting to 30.
The Lobos finished higher than three ranked teams in a field of 16: No. 23 Washington, No. 37 Oklahoma State and No. 48 San Diego State.
Host and 7th-ranked Arizona won its own tournament by 11 shots over No. 9 Cal. The Wildcats finished at 875 (11-over).
Freshman Sammi Stevens was UNM's top finisher, tying for 17th at 10-over 226 (71-75-80).
Junior Rebecca Hellbom looked poised for a possible top-10 finish halfway through the final round. She was 1-under after nine holes, but dropped eight strokes over a seven-hole span to finish in a tie for 20th at 11-over 227 (75-73-79).
LAST TIME OUT - The Lobos closed out the 2011 fall season Nov. 2, by moving up three spots to finish eighth at the 38th Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. UNM finished at 906 (299-303-304) at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 72, 6,344 yards).
Host and 20th-ranked Texas (880) claimed the team title by a 12 shots over Florida, Pepperdine and Tulsa (892).
Playing in warm and gusty conditions, the Lobos flirted with a top-five finish before falling back. New Mexico's five golfers were a combined 12 over par on their last five holes.
Senior Rebecca Hellbom led the Lobos by finishing in 19th place at 9-over 225 (70-76-79). It could have been a lot better for Hellbom. She was just 1 over after the first 13 holes, but dropped six strokes over the final five holes to finish with a 79. She started the final round in a tie for 11th.
Texas' Nicole Vandermade shot a 69 to win the individual title at 2-under 214.
Lobo sophomore Sofia Hoglund finished at 226 (74-75-77), tying for 22nd.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Manon De Roey had a solid showing by placing in a tie for 27th at 227 (74-75-78). Sophomore Sammi Stevens tied for 44th at 231 (78-76-77), but bogeyed three of her last six holes.
After struggling in her first two rounds, junior Beth Buchner shot a final round 71 (1 under) to tie for the third-best round of the day. Buchner tied for 48th at 232 (81-80-71) after starting the day in a tie for 72nd. Senior Sarah Salvo also tied for 48th at 232 (77-76-79).