Oct. 6, 2008
It was a rough first day for the 12th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in suburban Seattle. Playing in chilly, wet conditions on the par-72, 6,130-yard Sahalee Country Club course, the Lobos shot a 31-over-par 319. UNM is in 10th place and trails Oregon by 20 shots entering Tuesday's second round. The Ducks shot 299.
According to the latest Golfweek poll, New Mexico is the top-ranked team in the 13-team field.
However, UNM is competing without its top golfer. Junior Jodi Ewart, who is the nation's 19th-ranked collegiate golfer, is representing her native England this week at the World Amateur Team Championships in Australia.
Senior Morgan Grantham led the Lobos with a 6-over 78. She was 1-under after five holes, but fell back after making consecutive double bogeys on 9 and 10.
Freshmen Rebecca Hellbom and Sarah Salvo each shot an 8-over 80 while senior Mikaela Backstedt had a 9-over 81. Junior Britney Choy took a 9 on the par-4 1st hole and could never recover. She finished with an 88.
The individual leader is BYU's Natalia Jimenez at even-par 72.
Second-round action begins Tuesday at 11 a.m. Mountain Time. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.