Women's Golf: Fall Season Recap

Dec. 26, 2012

2012 Fall Recap

The University of New Mexico women's golf team finished its 2012 fall season with a 14th place at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. A day after shooting one of their best rounds of the season to move into a tie for 12th, the Lobos fell to a 311 for a 54-hole total of 916 (313-292-311).

The 15-team field that competed at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 72, 6,344 yards) featured 10 teams ranked in the top-40 of the most recent Golfweek national poll.

In a highly-competitive battle between three nationally-ranked teams from the Southeastern Conference, No. 4 Florida beat 10th-ranked Alabama in a tiebreaker. The Gators and Crimson Tide tied at 863, one stroke ahead of No. 19 Arkansas. Florida won after comparing the final round score of each teams' fifth player.

Junior Sammi Stevens led the Lobos at 221 (76-70-75), tying for 21st. Junior Manon De Roey tied for 31st at 223 (75-72-76). She was stung on the final round by a triple bogey on the par-4 17th.

Junior Sofia Hoglund finished at 233 (76-76-81) to tie for 64th. Senior Beth Buchner had a rocky finish that led to a 78 today and a final total of 238 (86-74-78). She was even through 11 holes, but made two bogeys and a pair of double bogeys to close the round. Buchner tied for 72nd.

Florida's Camilla Hedberg beat Jennifer Kirby from Alabama in a playoff to capture the individual title. The pair tied at 8-under 208 after 54 holes.

2013 OPENER AT STANFORD - The Lobos begin their 2013 spring season Feb. 16-17 at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford, Calif. The 2013 Mountain West Championships is April 25-27 in Palm Springs, Calif.

DE ROEY HAS GREAT SEMESTER, LEADS MW IN SCORING - Junior Manon De Roey had a tremendous start to her junior season. She won her first collegiate tournament and set a school record in the process. De Roey will begin the spring leading the Mountain West in scoring at 73.25, a figure that ranks 56th nationally.

De Roey opened the season by winning the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Windsor, Colo. She carded a winning score of 207 (69-68-70), 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.

De Roey was named Mountain West Golfer of the Month for her stellar performances in September.

After winning in Colorado, the junior collected her second top 10 finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational Sept. 17-18. She posted a 54-hole total of 1-over 220 (75-72-73) to tie for ninth at the UNM Championship Course.

In six rounds, De Roey recorded four rounds under par. It's the first career MW Golfer of the Month award for De Roey.

ADDITIONAL PLAYER NOTES

• Junior Sammi Stevens is tied for 5th in the Mountain West in scoring at 75.08

• Stevens is 9th all-time at UNM with a career scoring average of 76.08

• Stevens' low round of the fall was 70 in the 2nd round of the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational and the 2nd round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational

• Stevens' best finish in the fall was a tie for 13th (2 over 221) at the McGuire

• Senior Beth Buchner's best finish of the fall was a tie for 10th at the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic...she shot 4-over 220, including a season-best

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, Ewart made the cut in 18 of 21 tournaments in her first full season on tour. She earned $217,439, ranking 56th on the LPGA money list.

Ewart's best performance was at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., when she tied for 7th at 4 under 284, claiming $45,337. She also tied for 9th at the Sybase Match Play Championship.

MOLLE, SAULNIER SIGN WITH UNM - On Dec. 7, University of New Mexico women's golf coach Jill Trujillo announced Manon Molle and Eva Saulnier have signed national letters of intent to attend UNM as freshmen in the fall of 2013.

Molle is from Bains-sur-Oust, France, in the northwest part of the country. She has been a member of the French Junior National team since she was 14.

Molle currently holds an amateur ranking of No. 14 among French women and a handicap of -1.4. She won the 2010 French Junior stroke play championship at 218 (71-75-72), tied for first at the 2011 French Junior Championship at 301 (77-79-72-73) and finished second at the 2012 Irish Girls Junior Championship at 223 (76-72-75).

Molle has considerable international experience, competing for France in the European Girls Championship and in matches against Italy, Norway and Spain. She was a member of the European team at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland, and has played in tournaments in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Spain, and two professional events as an amateur.

Saulnier, a native of Savonnieres, France, is a top-10 junior player. The left-hander is currently ranked 41st in France with a handicap of -0.4.

Saulnier had 10 top-10 finishes in 20 tournaments in 2012, including a 14th place finish at the British Girls Amateur. Her low round was a 67 at the AGF Conseils Trophy tournament at Chiberta Golf Club near Biarritz. Saulnier's low 54-hole total was 210 (69-73-68) when she won the Grand Prix de Vichy tournament in a four-hole playoff.

"We have a real French connection going with Manon and Eva becoming Lobos next season," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "We're really excited about them joining us next fall."

HEAD COACH Jill Trujillo - A 1990 UNM graduate and golf letterwinner from 1987-90, Jill Trujillo is in her sixth 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.