Lobos at Bruin Wave Invitational
March 4, 2012
The 46th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team will be in Southern California Monday and Tuesday for the Bruin Wave Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif. UCLA and Pepperdine are the co-hosts. The schedule is for 36 holes Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com.
THE COMPETITION - The 15-team field includes (99) BYU, (131) Cal State Northridge, (68) Long Beach State, (46) New Mexico, (113) New Mexico State, (8) Oklahoma State, (49) Oregon State, (22) Pepperdine, (42) San Diego State, Sonoma State, (44) Stanford, (1) UCLA, (53) UNLV, (92) Washington State and (85) Wisconsin. Rankings are based on the latest Golfstat poll.
LAST TIME AT THE BRUIN WAVE - Last year, the Lobos finished seventh in the 15-team field on the Valley Course at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, Calif. UNM ended with a 54-hole total of 913 (311-301-301).
UNM came into the tournament ranked No. 49 in the latest GolfStat national poll. The six teams that finished ahead of the Lobos - UCLA, Arizona, Pepperdine, Stanford, San Diego State and Texas - are all ranked higher. New Mexico did manage to defeat two higher-ranked teams - No. 41 UNLV and No. 47 Oklahoma State.
No. 3 UCLA led wire-to-wire, beating second-place Arizona by 20 shots. The Bruins finished at 860.
Junior Rebecca Hellbom tied for 39th at 231 (83-75-73, +15). Junior Sarah Salvo also tied for 39th at 231 (80-76-75, +15) while freshman Sammi Stevens tied for 48th at 233 (78-77-78, +17). Freshman Sofia Hoglund, playing as an individual, shot an 83.
UCLA's Lee Lopez birdied the last two holes for a final-round 69 to win the individual title at 4-under 212.
LAST TIME OUT - The Lobos shot the second-best round of the day in the final round to finish fourth at the UNLV Spring Invitational. Led by sophomore Manon De Roey's career-low 71, the Lobos fired a 9-over 297 at the Cascata Golf Club (par 72, 6,272 yards) in Boulder City, Nev.
UNM completed 54 holes at 909 (45-over, 303-309-297), 37 shots behind Arizona (872). The Wildcats won their second straight tournament, 19 strokes better than host UNLV (891).
On a day when the average round was 79.15, the Lobos were superb. They played the final nine holes in a combined 1-over par.
"I certainly liked the way we played today," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We didn't start out that well, but we stayed with it and played good golf down the stretch. That's what we're capable of doing."
De Roey had three birdies and two bogeys to tie her career low round of 71 accomplished twice as a freshman. De Roey also equaled her low 54-hole total of 223 (78-74-71) to tie for eighth, by far her highest finish in 17 career tournaments at UNM. She started the final round in a tie for 25th.
Senior Rebecca Hellbom tied for 12th at 224 (72-76-76). She was 6 over on the round after 13 holes, but finished strong with birdies at 16 and 18.
Senior Sarah Salvo scrambled to a season-low 75 in a round that featured three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Sophomore Sammi Stevens also shot 75 to finish 27th at 233 (79-79-75). Sophomore Sofia Hoglund tied for 40th at 238 (74-80-84).
Arizona teammates Isabelle Boineau and Manon Gidali shared the individual title at 2-over 218.