Lobos Begin NCAA Regional Play Thursday

May 9, 2012

NCAA Regional Notes

NCAA West Regional: Thursday, May 10 - Saturday, May 12
Location: Colorado National, Erie, Colo. (par 72 • 6,575 yards)

Thursday, May 10 - UNM tee times 12-12:44 p.m. (No. 10)
Friday, May 11 - UNM tee times 7:30-8:14 a.m. (No. 1)
Saturday, May 12 - Tee times 7:30-9:20 a.m. / 12-1:39 p.m.

The University of New Mexico women's golf team participates in the NCAA West Regional this week in Erie, Colo. Competition is Thursday through Saturday at the Colorado National Golf Course (par 72, 6,575 yards), which is northwest of Denver. The University of Colorado is the host. Live scoring will be available at www.GolfStat.com.

This marks the 20th consecutive year New Mexico has qualified for NCAA postseason competition, or every year since regional play began in 1993. The Lobos gained an at-large berth last month.

As the 17th seed, UNM will be paired with UNLV and Oregon State during the first two days of competition. The Lobos tee off Thursday at noon from No. 10, and Friday at 7:30 a.m. from No. 1.

The weather forecast for Denver: mostly sunny with a high of 80 on Thursday; 30% chance of showers and a high of 58 on Friday; and 40% chance of showers and a high of 59 on Saturday.

TRYING TO GET TO TENNESSEE - The 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships is divided into three regional sites: East at State College, Pa., Central at Columbus, Ohio, and the West in Erie, Colo.

Each regional has 24 teams, with the low eight teams and the low two individuals, not on those teams, advancing to the finals May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, in Franklin, Tenn.

The Lobos are seeking their 16th trip to the NCAA Championships, and first since 2010. UNM tied for 16th at the 2010 championships in Wilmington, N.C.

THE COMPETITORS - 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. 11 Colorado, No. 13 California, No. 17 Baylor, No. 19 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 51st.

UNM LINEUP - Head coach Jill Trujillo is taking senior Rebecca Hellbom, junior Bethany Buchner and sophomores Manon De Roey, Sofia Hoglund and Sammi Stevens. De Roey leads the Lobos with a stroke average of 76.28, although Stevens (76.37) amd Hellbom (76.90) are close behind.

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.

2011 NCAA REGIONAL REVIEW - UNM finished 19th at the 2011 NCAA West Regional in Auburn, Wash. Competing in NCAA postseason for the 19th consecutive season, the Lobos completed the 54-hole event at 941 (310-318-313, +77) at the Washington National Golf Club (par 72, 6,321 yards).

Southern California proved worthy of its No. 1 national ranking, taking a 10-shot victory with a final score of 866 (-4). No. 13 Tennessee was second at 876 followed by Virginia and UC Davis at 887.

Sophomore Beth Buchner shot a team-best 75 in the final round and finished as the top Lobo at 233 (80-78-75, +17), tying for 58th. Freshman Sammi Stevens tied for 70th at 235 (75-81-79, +19). She shot 38 on the back nine, including a birdie on 18.

Juniors Rebecca Hellbom and Sarah Salvo tied for 70th at 237. Hellbom (79-79-79, +21) started strong by making the turn at 1-over, but had a 42 on the back. Freshman Manon De Roey came in at 244 (79-83-82), tying for 109th.

Tennessee's Erica Popson won the individual title by five shots at 8-under 208 (68-69-71).