Lobos Tied for 20th at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/20/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 20, 2009

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The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team dropped into a tie for 20th place after two rounds of the NCAA Championships being played in Owings Mills, Md. The Lobos shot a 26-over 314 on the par-72, 6,443-yard Caves Valley Golf Club for a 36-hole total of 625. UNM is tied with Texas.

Led by sophomore Maria Jose Uribe, UCLA took over the top spot in the 24-team field at 589. Uribe blazed to a 6-under 66 today and has a two-shot lead in the individual race at 141 (-3).

Defending champion Southern California is in second place (596) followed by first-round leader Denver (600).

"It just wasn't our day," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "We couldn't get it together and reverted back to some old bad habits. I look for that to change in the final two rounds. We need to focus on the things that got us here in the first place."

Lobo junior Jodi Ewart rebounded from an opening-round 78 to shoot 1-over 73. She's at 151, moving from a 60th-place tie into a nine-way tie for 28th in the 126-player field.

Ewart was 4-over on the day after a triple bogey 6 on the sixth hole, but played the rest of the round at 3-under with five birdies and two bogeys.

After a 73 in the first round, junior Britney Choy had a 79 today, giving her a two-day total of 152 and a tie for 37th.

Freshman Rebecca Hellbom is tied for 85th at 159 after shooting an 80. She was hurt by double bogeys on two par-5s.

Senior Mikaela Backstedt is tied for 110th at 163. She shot an 82 while fellow senior Morgan Grantham had an 83 and is tied for 114th at 165.

New Mexico begins the third round Thursday at 5:30 a.m. MDT. The Lobos will be paired with Georgia and Texas.