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Photos: Brett Wilhelm/NCAA
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Stevens: Trujillo's Lobos Miss West Region Cut
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/10/2014

New Mexico Lobos – At 2014 NCAA West Regionals

Tumble Creek Club, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington

West Regional Top Eight Qualifiers: 1. Southern California 284-294-298 = 876. 2. Washington 288-292-297 = 877.  3. Arizona State 289-289-311 = 889.  4. Oklahoma 291-295-309 = 895.  5. Michigan State 291-311-301 = 903. T-6. Texas A&M 290-313-306 = 909. T-6. Iowa State 300-305-304 = 909. 8. Northwestern 302-296-316 = 914.

No. 15: New Mexico 314-310-315 = 939.  Sammi Stevens 79-74-79 = 232. Manon Molle 79-77-76 = 232. Manon De Roey 76-77-80 = 233. Katerina Jaeger 80-91-80 = 251. Eva Saulnier 85-82-88 = 255.

NCAA West Medalist:  Noemi Jimenez, ASU, 67-74-72 = 213. Runners-up: SooBin Kim, Washington, 70-70-75 = 215. Annie Park, USC, 71-71-73 = 142.

By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

CLE ELUM, Washington – If Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo went to the NCAA West Region looking for a talented young Lobo to replace the clubs of senior Sammi Stevens and senior Manon De Roey, she probably found one.

Freshman Manon Molle continued to throw out a sizzling rookie year at New Mexico as she tied Stevens for the team lead with a 54-hole scorecard of 232 which beat De Roey by a single shot.  Molle also had the Lobos’ low round in Saturday’s wind-plagued final round at the NCAA West Regional with a 4-over 76.  Stevens and Molle tied for the 49th spot in the talented NCAA West field and De Roey tied for the 54th position.

“I would say a 76 was like a par today,” said Coach Trujillo.

“You always want to replace outgoing seniors with some equally talented incoming players and if you look at Manon’s (Molle) scoring average, she is right in there.  Her future looks bright.”

Of course, the Lobos main goal was to finish in the top eight at the regional run for the NCAA finals.  They missed that target by seven places and 25 shots as their three-day team total of 939 slipped them into the No. 15 slot. Northwestern grabbed that coveted eighth hole with a 914 which was seven shots ahead of the ninth-place finishers at 921.

Southern California won the West title at 876 and Washington was runner-up at 877.  Those two teams pulled away from the field on the final day as Arizona State blew up to a 311 and finished third at 889.  The Lobos shot a 315 on Saturday.

USC and Washington were the only teams on Saturday to push their team cards below 300. USC shot 298 and Washington shot 297.  

“The conditions were worse today wind wise and rain wise,” said Trujillo.  “It all kind of came down to that first day.  If you got the morning round, you had an advantage, but that’s why they are seeded that way.

“It was more difficult out there today, but it’s the national championship so you know it’s going to play tough.  But the weather was a huge player.”

All of the top eight qualifiers had the benefit of a morning tee time on Thursday which provided calm conditions.  The rain and the wind moved in Thursday afternoon and followed the golfers the rest of the way.  Wisconsin, tied for ninth, was the only team with a Thursday afternoon tee time that cracked the top ten.

There was only one team (Northwestern) in the top eight that did not post its best round on Thursday.

The course was a beast on Saturday and the top four teams all posted their worst rounds over the final 18 holes.  ASU, which qualified in the No. 4 spot, was 22 shots off both its Thursday and Friday rounds.   Northwestern, which grabbed that No. 8 spot, added 20 shots (316) to its Friday round of 296.

It also was important to crack 300. Iowa State was the only team in the top eight not to crack 300 at least once and Iowa State did shoot a 300.   No team that finished out of the top eight cracked 300.  UNM went 314-310-315 for its 939 total.  The Lobos beat San Diego State by 16 shots.

The Lobos got three solid cards from Stevens (232), Molle (232) and De Roey (233), but even if the Lobos had four cards of 232 (a 928 total) they would have missed a top eight finish.  There was a lot of talent in Cle Elum, Washington for the NCAA West shootout. UNM’s Katerina Jaeger came in with a 54-hole card of 251 and Eva Saulnier shot a 255.

 The Lobos made the 24-team West Regional as the 2014 Mountain West Champions.  This was UNM’s 21st trip into postseason out of the past 22 seasons.  The Lobos last trip to the NCAA finals came in 2010 after finishing fourth in regional play.

New Mexico Lobos at 2014 NCAA West Regionals

Yr

Name

1st 18 holes

2nd 18 holes

3rd 18 holes

54-hole total

Sr

Manon De Roey

76

77

80

233

Sr

Sammi Stevens

79

74

79

232

Fr

Manon Molle

79

77

76

232

Fr

Katerina Jaeger

80

91

80

251

Fr

Eva Saulnier

85

82

88

255

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