Oct. 15, 2008
The University of New Mexico women's golf team continues its fall season, heading to Northern California for the Stanford Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. locally Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Live stats of the entire tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
THE COMPETITORS: It's a competitive field as nine of the nation's current top-25 teams are participating. The rankings are from Golfweek. The 15-team field includes host and 19th-ranked Stanford, Arizona, No. 24 Arkansas, No. 18 Cal, No. 9 Duke, No. 5 Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 1 Southern California, Texas, UNLV, No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 25 Washington.
UNM HISTORY AT STANFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Lobos are making their 28th appearance at the Stanford tournament. UNM has participated all but season - the fall of 2005 - since the first trip in 1980. The Lobos took first place out of 17 teams in 1981. UNM finished 11th out of 18 teams last year. Jodi Ewart tied for 13th individually after shooting a 6-over par 219 (69-75-75). Arizona State captured the tournament title at 10-over par while Arkansas' Stacy Lewis took home the individual title at 2-under 211.
EDEAN IHLANFELDT RECAP: The Lobos finished in 12th place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 6-8. The tournament was held at the Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. UNM shot a team total of 326 in the final round to finish at 967. Stanford won the tournament with a score of 905. The Cardinal's Mari Chun took medalist honors with a 2-over 218.
A pair of seniors led the Lobos. Morgan Grantham had a 54-hole total of 238 (78-77-83), tying for 33rd place. Mikaela Backstedt finished at 240 (81-78-81). Freshman Rebecca Hellbom had UNM's low round on the final day at 8-over 80. She ended at 242 (80-82-80). Fellow freshman Sarah Salvo shot 82 in the final round. Junior Britney Choy finished at 258 (88-85-85).
New Mexico competed without its top golfer as junior Jodi Ewart was representing her native England at the World Amateur Team Championships in Australia.
HEAD COACH Jill Trujillo: A 1990 UNM graduate, Jill Trujillo is in her second season in charge of the women's golf program. Trujillo led New Mexico to a pair of team titles in 2007-08, including the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships. She was named the 2007-08 MWC Coach of the Year.
EWART PERFORMS WELL IN AUSTRALIA: University of New Mexico junior golfer Jodi Ewart led her native England to a seventh place finish at the World Amateur Team Championship Oct. 8-11 in Adelaide, Australia. Ewart had an outstanding tournament, tying for sixth place out of 144 international competitors. She shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to end at even-par 290 (73-72-75-70).
Sweden ran away with the team title to claim the Espirito Santo Trophy. The Swedes finished at 19-under 561, which was 12 shots ahead of Spain. The United States was third at 575. Ewart's England team was at 586. A total of 48 countries were represented in a competition that has been staged every two years since 1958.
Sweden had the top-two individuals. Caroline Hedwall, who plays collegiately at Oklahoma State, grabbed medalist honors at 10-under 280. One shot back was Anna Nordqvist at 9-under 281. Nordqvist attends Arizona State.
Ewart, a native of North Yorkshire, England, recently won her third individual title while at UNM, taking the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational last month at the UNM Championship Course with a 54-hole total of 6-under 213.