May 8, 2009
The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team remains in sixth place after two rounds of the NCAA Central Regional being played in Columbus, Ohio. The Lobos shot an 8-over-par 296 on the par-72, 6,246-yard Scarlet Course at Ohio State for a two-day total of 597. Results and live stats are available at www.GolfStat.com.
The top eight teams in the 21-team field advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Owings Mills, Md. The Lobos are 11 shots ahead of ninth-place Georgia State and Washington (tied at 608). Host Ohio State is seventh at 599 while UT Chattanooga is eighth at 602.
Top-ranked UCLA remains atop the leader board. The Bruins are at 574 and lead second-place Purdue by 10 strokes.
"We were more steady today," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "We were much better on our up and downs. Rebecca (Hellbom) and Morgan (Grantham) played great, and Jodi had her usual steady game. We're in pretty good shape, but we can't relax one bit."
Junior Jodi Ewart continues to pace the Lobos and challenge for the individual lead. Ewart shot 72 today and has a 36-hole total of 1-under 143. She is tied for fourth, four shots behind UCLA's Stephanie Kono and Maria Jose Uribe, who share the lead at 139.
UNM freshman Rebecca Hellbom came through in a big way today, firing a 72 with one bogey and one birdie. Hellbom's third round of par or better this season places her in a tie for 16th place at 149.
Senior Morgan Grantham also helped the Lobos' cause immensely. After soaring to an 85 in the first round, Grantham rebounded with a 1-over 73. That's her lowest score in the past 15 rounds. Grantham bogeyed two of the first three holes, but played the final 15 holes in 1-under. She's at 158.
Junior Britney Choy was 3-over on her round following a birdie on the par-5 12th, but suffered four bogeys on the next five holes to finish at 79 and a two-day total of 156.
Senior Mikaela Backstedt is also at 156 after shooting 80.
New Mexico begins its final round Saturday at 6:10 a.m. MDT. The Lobos will be paired with Michigan State and Wake Forest.