Lobos at UNLV Spring Invitational
Feb. 19, 2012
THE COMPETITION - The 11-team field includes (9) Arizona, (99) BYU, (68) Colorado State, (58) Idaho, (51) Louisville, (44) New Mexico, (111) New Mexico State, (61) North Texas, (40) San Diego State, (84) UC Irvine and (64) UNLV.
LAST TIME AT THE UNLV INVITE - It was five years ago at the Boulder Creek Golf Club when UNM turned in the lowest 54-hole total in school history. The 16th-ranked Lobos shot a 7-under par 857 to earn a second place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational. The Lobos finished the tournament 10 shots behind BYU. UNM's 7 under finish is still the second-lowest score in school history in relation in par.
Freshman Jodi Ewart (68-70-74=212) had the highest finish for UNM, tying for fifth. Sophomore Mikaela Backstedt (71-70-74=215) tied for 15th while junior Alexandra Phelps carded a 219 after shooting rounds of 71, 75 and a 73 on the final day. Phelps finished in a tie for 22nd.
Junior Giselle Claux and sophomore Py Bengtsson both shot 4-under par 68 on the last day to pace the Lobos and help the team jump into second place. Claux (80-75-68=223) finished in a tie for 38th while Bengtsson tied for 29th.
LAST TIME OUT - The Lobos golf finished eighth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational earlier this month. The Lobos started the final round in fifth, but struggled to a 34-over 322 at the Golf Club at Vistoso (par 72, 6,250 yards) outside Tucson. UNM ended with a 54-hole total of 924 (300-302-322).
Host Arizona led wire-to-wire, taking the team title by 12 shots over top-ranked UCLA. The Wildcats ended at 851 (13 under).
"It was a whirlwind in the beginning," said Lobos head coach Jill Trujillo. "It was cold and windy and we didn't handle it very well. Our course management was not good at the start and we made some bad choices. We're knocked down, but I am confident that we will recover."
The 322 score in the final round is UNM's highest since a 323 in the final round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 8, 2008.
Senior Rebecca Hellbom (75-72-82) and sophomore Sammi Stevens (74-77-78) were the Lobos' top finishers, tying for 26th at 13-over 229. Stevens had UNM's low round of the day, a 6-over 78, including a birdie on the final hole.
Arizona's Manon Gidali blitzed the field in the individual competition. She finished at 12-under 204 (67-66-71), seven shots better than her teammate, Margarita Ramos.