Lobos in NCAA Championships for 20th Consecutive Year

April 30, 2012

The University of New Mexico will be making its 20th consecutive trip to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. UNM received an at-large invitation to participate in the 2012 championships, the NCAA Division I women's golf committee announced Monday evening.

UNM will compete in the NCAA West Regional May 8-10 at Colorado National in Erie, Colo. The University of Colorado will serve as host. Live stats will be available at www.GolfStat.com.

New Mexico has qualified for NCAA postseason every year since regional play began in 1993.

The NCAA Women's Golf Championships is divided into three regionals with 24 teams competing at each site: East (State College, Pa.), Central (Columbus, Ohio) and West (Erie, Colo.). The top eight finishers in each region advance to the finals May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

UNM is seeded No. 17 in the West Regional.

Participating for UNM will be seniors Rebecca Hellbom and Sarah Salvo, and sophomores Manon De Roey, Sofia Hoglund and Sammi Stevens. De Roey leads the Lobos with a scoring average of 76.28.

"To be rewarded with another trip to the NCAAs is a tremendous accomplishment," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We played a very challenging schedule and it paid off."

UNM finished fourth at the Mountain West Conference Championships earlier this month. Mountain West schools San Diego State, TCU and UNLV are also in the NCAA field.

Joining the Lobos at the West Regional are eight teams ranked in the top 23 of the latest GolfStat.com poll: No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 LSU, No. 12 Colorado, No. 13 California, No. 18 Baylor, No. 20 Pepperdine and No. 23 UC Davis. The other 16 teams in order of selection are Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Tulsa, TCU, Iowa State, Stanford, Denver, UNLV, New Mexico, Oregon State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, San Jose State, Missouri State, Northern Colorado and Jackson State. The Lobos are ranked 49th.

The Lobos are seeking their 16th trip to the NCAA Championships. UNM finished tied for 16th in 2010.