UNM Hosts Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational
Sept. 14, 2012
The University of New Mexico hosts the 33rd Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational Monday and Tuesday at the UNM Championship Course (par 73, 6,192 yards). Competitors will play 36 holes Monday and the final round on Tuesday. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.
THE PARTICIPANTS - The 17-team field features host New Mexico and defending champion Baylor, plus BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, TCU, UC Davis, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.
Baylor is the top-rated team in the field, coming in at No. 20 in the Aug. 29 National Golf Coaches Association poll. Pepperdine is 24th, Ohio State 27th, while UC Davis, TCU amd Colorado State are receiving votes.
LOBO LINEUP - Head coach Jill Trujillo's lineup consists of senior Beth Buchner, juniors Manon De Roey, Sofia Hoglund and Sammi Stevens, and freshman Xenia Knopf. Freshman Ira Knopf will compete as an individual.
BRANCH LAW FIRM/DICK McGUIRE HISTORY - The 2012 tournament marks the 33rd anniversary of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. From its beginning in 1979, the McGuire annually showcases the best that women's college golf has to offer.
Dick McGuire was head men's golf coach at UNM from 1954-77, recording 38 team championships, including 10 conference titles. He was the head professional from 1954-87, director of UNM's golf courses from 1958-87 and directed numerous high profile tournaments hosted by UNM, including NCAA Championships and the William H. Tucker Invitational 22 times. He also helped supervise the construction of the UNM South Golf Course. Branch Law Firm in Albuquerque became the title sponsor of the tournament in 2003.
The origin of the McGuire dates back much earlier than 1979. From 1956 to 1978, the top women's teams in the nation competed with men's teams at the William H. Tucker Invitational. The combined tournament each fall was the premier college golf events of its time. This event grew in such magnitude for both the men and the women that each side needed its own separate tournament.
So, in 1979 the women's field branched off to the McGuire Invitational, while the men still play the Tucker. Both tournaments remain staples on the respective schedules of all the top college golf programs in the country today.
In the 32 previous tournaments, the team champion from the McGuire has gone on to capture the NCAA Division I Women's Golf championship seven times.
LOBOS' HISTORY AT THE McGUIRE - New Mexico is shooting for its eighth McGuire championship, and fifth in the past 12 years. The Lobos became the first school in McGuire history to win three straight titles from 2001-03, and they also won it in 2008.
HOGLUND, BAYLOR BACK TO DEFEND TITLES - A clutch putt on the penultimate hole made University of New Mexico sophomore Sofia Hoglund the improbable winner of the 32nd Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational last September.
Playing as an individual since she did not qualify for a spot on UNM's five-member team, Hoglund drained a breaking downhill 35-footer for birdie on the par-3 7th to seal her first collegiate victory. It was Hoglund's lone birdie in a round of 77 (4-over), but enough to edge Baylor's Hayley Davis by one shot. Davis started the final round six shots behind Hoglund.
"It was a tough day," said Hoglund, who took a two-shot lead into the final round. "That putt would have gone past by six or seven feet if it didn't hit the hole. Obviously, I'm very happy."
Hoglund finished at 3-under 216 (71-68-77). Her best finish in five previous tournaments as a Lobo was a tie for 59th. Hoglund's stroke average in 2010-11 was 81.71 for 14 rounds.
Hoglund was nearly contested by one of her Lobo teammates. Fellow sophomore Sammi Stevens shot a par 73 (two birdies, two bogeys) to finish in third at 218 (1-under).
As a team, UNM finished eighth in the 18-team field at 29-over 905 (305-298-302). Baylor held off TCU, Denver and Northwestern to claim the championship at 887 (1-over).
DE ROEY WINS 1ST TITLE, SETS UNM SCORING RECORD - Junior Manon De Roey won her first collegiate tournament and set a school record in the process at the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Windsor, Colo.
De Roey's winning score of 207 (69-68-70) 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, 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).