New Mexico Lobos Women’s Golf – at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic -- Fort Collins, Colo.
Monday Team Leaders (rain/darkness delay): 1. California, 10-over. 2. New Mexico, 11-over. 3 (tie) UNLV, 15-over; Colorado, 15-over. 5. Illinois, 16-over. 6. Colorado State, 18-over. Note: Teams have finished 29-to-33 holes.
Monday Individual Leaders: 1. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV, 6-under after 30 holes. 2- (tie) Sammi Stevens, New Mexico, 1-under after 30 holes; Manon De Roey, New Mexico, 1-under after 29 holes; Nicola Roessler, California, 1-under after 30 holes; Samantha Postillion, Illinois, 1-under after 29 holes.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- There was a roller coaster set up on the windy, rainy and occasionally lightning-streaked links of the Ptarmigan Country Club and the New Mexico Lobos and the California Golden Bears took turns Monday riding their golf cards to the summit.
At the close of the day, but before the 17 teams could finish their 36 holes, California settled for the top position with a team count of 10-over par with New Mexico hovering a shot back at 11-over.
“It’s quite a bunched up pack,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo.
The Bears were pulled off the course with their players on holes 12-to-15 while the Lobos were on holes 11-to-13. UNLV and Colorado were at 15-over and Illinois is in the chase at 16-over. Colorado State was in sixth place at a distant 28-over par, which makes Tuesday a five-team chase for the Ptarmigan title.
The 54-hole tourney will conclude Tuesday – weather permitting.
There also is a pack of talented golfers chasing individual honors with two Lobos – Sammi Stevens and Manon De Roey -- in a four-way logjam for second place.
Stevens took her turn at the top individually as she carded a 3-under 69 over the first 18 holes Monday to stand as the tournament’s leader heading into the day’s second 18. Stevens lost that spot to UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein, who got hot on the second 18 holes and stood 5-under par after 30 holes.
Stevens, who started on No. 10, carded three birdies, two bogeys and rode an eagle two on the 360-yard par-4 No. 7 hole to cruise in with her 3-under 69.
“She knocked it in from the fairway on No. 7,” said Trujillo. “It was about 150 yards, a choked 7-iron into the wind. A shot like that can be a game-changer. It gives you confidence.”
Stevens left the dark course at 1-under par after 30 holes while De Roey got hot on the second 18 and pushed her way into a tie for the No. 2 spot, also at 1-under par. De Roey is a hole in back of Stevens. De Roey, the tournament’s defending champ, struggled a bit in the breezy morning and carded a 74 but rallied to shoot 3-under after 11 holes on the second 18.
“It’s the first tournament and everyone is a little excited,” said Trujillo. “There are all kinds of emotions going on. But once we started playing everyone felt comfortable. We played a lot of rounds before we came here and I think having all those rounds under our belts really helped.”
It was an impressive season opener for a Lobo squad that used the cards of two freshmen to see-saw the day with California. Manon Molle, a freshman from France, was 3-over par on the second round after 13 holes to back up the solid 73 she shot on the first 18 holes. Katerina Jaeger, a freshman from Norway, was 3-over on the second 18 after 12 holes. Those two freshmen’s cards contributed to the four-player card that forms a team’s score over each round.
“The freshman weren’t scared to death. They were actually pretty calm,” said Trujillo. “We had our heads about us today. It was a nice, shared confidence and we played golf like golf should be played.”
UNM’s Sofia Hoglund had a 79 on the first 18 and Kalyn Thayer, playing as an individual, had a 78.
The Lobos finished the first 18 with a four-card team count of 294 which settled New Mexico into second place behind California’s team total of 291. The Lobos held the lead at numerous times during the second 18 holes, but the Bears finally walked away with a thin, one-shot lead.
“We’ve been playing solid,” said Trujillo. “We are hitting it close and getting up and down. There was a little bit of not knowing (how we would do in the first tournament), but I’m not surprised.
"I had seen a lot of good things in the pre-qualifying rounds and they brought a lot of those good things with them.”
|Name||18-hole Rounds||Low 18 Card||Stroke Average|
|Sofia Hoglund, Senior||9.0||76||78.78|
|Sammi Stevens, Senior||9.0||67||71.56|
|Manon De Roey, Senior||9.0||70||74.33|
|Manon Molle, Freshman||9.0||71||76.44|