March 22, 2009
The University of New Mexico women's golf team had a very good showing at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, finishing in fourth place. The Lobos shot a 13-over 301 in the final round on the 6,324-yard University of Texas Golf Club course for a 54-hole total of 891. No. 14 Purdue took the title in the 17-team field at 872. Top-ranked Arizona State was second at 878 followed by No. 19 Arkansas at 880. Final results are available at www.golfstat.com.
The Lobos entered the tournament ranked 34th in the nation in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index poll, but had a better showing than three teams ranked ahead of them. UNM finished six shots ahead of No. 10 Duke and 31 strokes better than 13th-ranked Vanderbilt. No. 23 Arizona finished 15th at 932.
Lobo junior Jodi Ewart finished in third place at 1-under 215 after a 73 today. Ewart recorded her fifth top-7 finish in six tournaments this season. Purdue's Maria Hernandez won the individual title at 6-under 210. Arkansas' Lucy Nunn was second at 213.
Senior Mikaela Backstedt recorded her best tournament of the season in relation to par. Backstedt finished at 7-over 222 (75-72-75), tying for 14th.
Junior Britney Choy tied for 29th at 227 (74-75-78). Senior Morgan Grantham (78-81-75) and freshman Rebecca Hellbom (73-79-82) tied for 50th at 234. Freshman Sarah Salvo, competing as an individual, finished at 247 (84-81-82), tying for 83rd.
The Lobos will be back in action April 3-5 at the PING Arizona State Invitational in Tempe.