Women's Golf to ASU Invitational
March 28, 2012
The 49th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team will spend the weekend at the PING/ASU Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played Friday through Sunday at the ASU Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com. This will be the Lobos' final tune-up before the Mountain West Championships April 20-22 in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
- The stellar 17-team field includes nine teams ranked in the top-25 of the latest Golfstat poll (March 21) and three Mountain West teams. Competing are No. 5 Arizona State (host), No. 20 Arizona, No. 8 LSU, No. 49 New Mexico, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 50 Oregon State, No. 45 San Diego State, No. 42 Stanford, No. 29 Texas, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 39 TCU, No. 26 UC Davis, No. 1 UCLA, No. 53 UNLV, No. 3 USC, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 23 Washington.
LAST YEAR AT THE PING - In 2011, Lobos moved up two spots to finish in 14th place at the PING/ASU Intercollegiate. The Lobos shot 303 to end the 54-hole tournament at 917 (305-309-303) on the Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 6,230 yards).
New Mexico entered the final round in 16th and was eight shots out of 14th. UNM, ranked 51st in the GolfStat poll, finished ahead of No. 34 Washington and 43rd-ranked Denver.
No. 3 UCLA won the team title at even-par 864, two shots better than top-ranked Southern California. The 17-team field featured 14 teams ranked in the top-50 of the GolfStat poll.
Junior Rebecca Hellbom shot 75 in the final round to finish at 224 (75-74-75), tying for 30th place. For Hellbom, it's her best 54-hole total since the first tournament of the season when she shot 215 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.
Sophomore Beth Buchner also shot 75 to tie for 54th at 230 (76-79-75). Junior Sarah Salvo tied for 66th at 233 (75-76-82). Freshman Sammi Stevens ended at 234 (79-80-75), tying for 72nd, while freshman Manon De Roey (79-80-78) tied for 76th at 237. UNM freshman Sofia Hoglund, playing as an individual, finished at 256 (86-85-85).
LAST TIME OUT - On March 20, the Lobos finished in 15th place at the rain-shortened Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego. Starting the final round last in a competitive 16-team field, the Lobos shot a 311 for a 36-hole total of 51-over 627 (316-311).
Playing at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Championship Course, 47th-ranked UNM finished 37 shots behind 3rd-ranked Southern Cal (590), which rallied for a 2-shot victory over No. 8 Arizona State (592).
The tournament featured nine teams ranked in the top-30 of the latest GolfStat.com poll. The event was scheduled for 54 holes, but Sunday's first round was cancelled due to wet conditions.
For the second tournament in a row, Lobo senior Sarah Salvo led UNM. She tied for 22nd at 7-over 151 (74-77). Salvo was 7 over on her round after 13 holes, but picked up two shots over the final five holes, including a birdie on the par 5 9th.
Sophomores Manon De Roey (76-78) and Sofia Hoglund (77-77) tied for 35th at 154. Junior Beth Buchner tied for 85th at 168 (89-79). She was 2 over after 10 holes but dropped five shots over the last eight holes.
Senior Rebecca Hellbom, the Lobos' No. 1 golfer, never got on track. She ended at 170 (89-81), finishing 87th in the 90-player field.
"For whatever reason, we are having a hard time getting steady play from all five golfers," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "We have to work on that since we only have one tournament remaining before conference championships."
EWART OFF TO GREAT START ON LPGA TOUR - Former Lobo Jodi Ewart is showing she belongs at the highest level of ladies professional golf.
A 2010 UNM graduate and three-time All-American for the Lobos, Ewart has made the cut in all three LPGA tournaments she has entered in 2012, earning $65,664 to rank 31st on the money list. Her best performance was last week at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., when she tied for 7th at 4 under 284, claiming $45,337.
Ewart has now qualified for this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA's first major of the season, starting Thursday at Rancho Mirage, Calif.
HEAD COACH Jill Trujillo - A 1990 UNM graduate and golf letterwinner from 1987-90, Jill Trujillo is in her fifth season in charge of the women's golf program. Trujillo has led New Mexico to five team titles, including three consecutive Mountain West Conference championships from 2008-10, and NCAA postseason every year. She was named 2007-08 MWC Coach of the Year.
Trujillo was head coach when UNM advanced to the 2007 NCAA Championships at Daytona Beach, Fla. The Lobos finished 22nd at the Championships in 2007, 19th in 2009 and tied for 16th in 2010.
BRANCH LAW FIRM WOMEN'S CLINIC REVIEW - Nearly 100 female golf enthusiasts took part in the Branch Law Firm Women's Golf Clinic on Saturday, March 24, on a beautiful morning at the UNM Championship Golf Course.