Lobos Hold 4-Shot Lead After 1st Round of MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/16/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 16, 2009

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Seaside, Calif. - The 24th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team has a 4-shot lead over TCU and BYU after the first round of the Mountain West Conference Championships. On a cool and breezy day on the Monterey Peninsula, the Lobos navigated the par-72, 6,027-yard Blackhorse Golf Course in 13-over 301. The Horned Frogs and Cougars are at 305 followed by UNLV at 306.

UNM is the defending champion and is gunning for its sixth MWC title in 10 years.

Individually, two-time defending medalist Jodi Ewart is tied for fifth after shooting a 2-over 74. Ewart was 1-under after a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole. However, she bogeyed No. 8 and suffered a rare double bogey at 9 to finish the front nine in 38. The 74 is Ewart's highest score in 11 rounds, since a 75 in the final round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 10.

Lobo junior Britney Choy also shot 74 today. She made the turn at 1-under after a birdie at 9, but took bogeys at 13, 15 and 18.

"We had short irons in our hands all day," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "We missed too many greens from 75 to 110 yards out and that made it tough to score. We worked on that after the round and we'll be ready to go Friday."

Wyoming's Jonelle Martinez has the individual lead after firing a personal best 70. She was the lone golfer in the 35-player field to break par. UNLV's Therese Koelbaek is second at even-par 72.

Lobo freshman Rebecca Hellbom is tied for 8th at 76. Senior Morgan Grantham shot a 5-over 77 while senior Mikaela Backstedt finished with an 81.

Second-round action gets underway Friday at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time. The Lobos begin their round at 10:10 a.m. Live stats are available at www.golfstat.com.