Aug. 7, 2013
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
If there was a Mountain West Golf Championship for excellence in the classroom, we know where the trophy would be shipped: To the University of New Mexico Championship Course in care of Coach Jill Trujillo and her Lobos.
Trujillo's Lobos were not only the top team in the Mountain West when it came placing golfers on the WGCA All-American Scholar Golf Team Scholar, the 2012-13 Lobos were among the top teams in the nation beating out academic powers such as Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Cal-Berkeley and Penn State.
As far as the Mountain West race for Women's Golf Coaches Association(WGCAA) Academic All-Americans, it was no contest as UNM placed five golfers on that prestigious team: Beth Buchner, Sammi Stevens, Sofia Hoglund, Xenia Knopf and Ira Knopf.
Boise State and Colorado State were the closest to UNM with three selections while none of the five remaining Mountain West schools with women's golf programs had more than two named to the WGCA academic team.
"It's important that the community realized how hard these student-athletes work both on the course and in the classroom," said Trujillo. "They are all pretty much self-driven but these results also reflect how important academics are for student-athletes who come to the University of New Mexico.
"We push for excellence in competition, but there also is a dedicated academic support group in place and a concerted effort for success in the classroom. I could not be more proud of my golfers."
It's not easy to make the WGCA All-American Scholar Golf Team. A golfer must have an overall 3.50 GPA or higher and be of high moral character and in good standing with the college making the nomination. The D-I student-athlete also much have played in 50 percent of the college's competitive rounds. The WGCA recognized 644 women college golfers ate the D-I, D-II and D-III levels of play.
Trujillo's Lobos also set a standard during the fall of 2012 establishing a program semester record for highest grade point average with a 3.79 (on a 4.0 scale). That mark also was the highest GPA among the 16 Lobo sports programs during the 2012 fall semester. The previous high for the women's golf program was 3.78 in the spring of 2005.
The Lobos women also led the Mountain West golf programs in 2012-13 MW Scholar-Athlete Awards with the same five golfers taking honors, again at 3.5 or higher.
Lobo Golf Schedule Announced: The University of New Mexico women's golf team will open the 2013 fall season Sept. 9-10 at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State. The Lobos only home tournament - the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire - will be played Sept. 20-21 at the UNM Championship Course.
The Lobos will play two other fall tournaments: The Betsy Rawls (Texas) Longhorn Invitational to be held Oct. 13-15 in Austin, Texas and the Las Vegas (UNLV) Collegiate Showdown to be held Oct. 27-29 in Las Vegas.
UNM will open its spring schedule Feb. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla., and will play six tournaments prior to the NCAA regionals set for May 8-10. Those spring events are:
- Feb. 9-11: Central Florida Challenge, Orlando
- March 3-4: Juli Inkster (San Jose St) Spartan Invitational, San Jose
- March 17-18: Fresno State Lexus Classic, Fresno
- March 24-26: The Farms Invitational (San Diego State), San Diego
- April 14-15: Silverado Showdown (Oregon, UC Davis, Colorado), Napa, Calif.
- April 24-26: Mountain West Championships, Palm Springs, Calif.
- NCAA Events: May 8-10 regionals; May 20-23 NCAA Championships