UNM's De Roey Wins First Collegiate Tournament in Record-Setting Fashion
Sept. 11, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico junior Manon De Roey won her first collegiate tournament today and set a school record in the process.
De Roey's winning score of 207 (69-68-70) at the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic is the lowest 54-hole total by a UNM women's golfer. The previous record was 208 held by former All-American Jodi Ewart at the 2009 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course.
De Roey finished at 9 under, the third best score by a Lobo in relation to par. Ewart was 11 under at the 2009 McGuire while Caroline Keggi finished 10 under at the 1986 Roadrunner Invitational at the New Mexico State University course in Las Cruces.
While winning the title comfortably by four shots over Texas Tech's Kimberly Kaufman, De Roey posted the three lowest rounds of her UNM career. She shot 71 on three occasions the past two seasons.
"Manon made a lot of birdies and kept it steady all three rounds," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "She played mentally tough which wins tournaments."
Beth Buchner got her senior season off to a nice start as well. The native of nearby Loveland, Colo., tied for 10th at 220 (74-70-76) on the Ptarmigan Country Club (par 72, 6,302 yards) course.
The rest of the Lobos did not fare as well.
After starting the final round alone in second place and staying there most of the morning today, UNM gave away a staggering 17 shots on the back nine to fall into a four-way tie for fifth at 896 (298-288-310).
Texas Tech (860) nearly lapped the 17-team field, taking the team championship by 27 shots over second-place Baylor (887).
UNM junior Sammi Stevens tied for 48th at 231 (77-75-79), but was 6 over on the back. Junior Sofia Hoglund's undoing was consecutive triple bogeys on 16 and 17 that led to a final round of 85 and a 238 total (78-75-85), tying for 70th.
Freshman Xenia Knopf ended at 251 (81-90-80) while her sister, freshman Ira Knopf, shot 256 (81-88-87).
Next up for UNM is hosting the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational Monday and Tuesday at the UNM Championship Course.