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Lobos Travel to Hawai'i
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Release:  10/22/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 22, 2008

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LOBOS HEAD TO THE ISLANDS: The University of New Mexico women's golf team closes out its fall season early next week, competing in the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawai'i. The 54-hole tournament will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 28-29) at the Kapolei (O'ahu) Golf Course. Competition begins Tuesday with 36 holes starting at 7:30 a.m. locally. That's 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time. The final 18 holes will be played Wednesday starting at 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time. There are no live stats for the tournament.

THE FIELD: The 15-team field includes host Hawai'i, plus Cal Irvine, Cal Poly, Cal Riverside, Cal State Northridge, Fresno State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Southern Illinois and Stanford.

LOBO LINEUP: Head coach Jill Trujillo will travel seniors Mikaela Backstedt and Morgan Grantham, juniors Britney Choy and Jodi Ewart and freshman Rebecca Hellbom. Freshman Sarah Salvo will compete as an individual.

STANFORD RECAP: The Lobos finished in 13th place last weekend at the Stanford Intercollegiate. UNM shot an 8-over 292 in the final round to finish with a team total of 878 on the par-71, 6,092-yard Stanford Golf Course. No. 3 UCLA took the team title at 8-under 844, three shots better than Southern California. USC's Lizette Salas won the individual title with a 7-under 206. The 16-team field featured 9 teams ranked in the Golfweek top-25. Junior Jodi Ewart was the Lobos' top finisher at 2-over 215 (70-76-69). Ewart tied for 14th after firing a 2-under 69. She began the final round in a tie for 41st. Freshman Rebecca Hellbom had a nice final round with a 2-over 73. She ended the tournament tied for 53rd at 222 (73-76-73). Senior Morgan Grantham, who had a career-low 69 in the first round, shot 79 today to finish at 224 (69-76-79) and in a tie for 60th. Junior Britney Choy shot 75 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 227 (76-76-75), tying for 66th. Senior Mikaela Backstedt rebounded from a second-round 83 to shoot 75 today. She tied for 69th at 228 (70-83-75).

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.

LOBOS SWEEP McGUIRE: Back and forth they went, but in the end it was New Mexico outlasting Pepperdine to come away with the team title at the 29th Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course. Tied at the start of the day, the 19th-ranked Lobos edged No. 8 Pepperdine by four shots with solid play down the stretch. UNM shot a final round 287 - 5-under and its lowest of the three rounds played - and was the only team under par in the 16-team field at 872. It was a sweep for New Mexico as junior Jodi Ewart took the individual title. Trailing UNLV's Natasha Krishna by one shot with three holes to play, Ewart birdied the par-4 16th while Krishna took a bogey at her next-to-last hole. Ewart shot a 1-under 72 for a 54-hole total of 6-under 213. Six-under is Ewart's best tournament finish as a Lobo in relation to par. It's also her third individual championship while at UNM, equaling Dana Howe for No. 2 on the school's all-time victory list. Caroline Keggi is the career leader, winning four from 1985-87. While Ewart was her usual steady self, it was a pair of Swedes that pushed UNM to its seventh McGuire title overall and fourth in the past seven tournaments. The Lobos won three in a row from 2001-03. Playing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Rebecca Hellbom fired a 3-under 70 to finish in a tie for 10th at 2-over 221. Hellbom - a native of Vasteras, Sweden, made consecutive birdies at 16 and 17 to provide the Lobos with some breathing room at the top. Mikaela Backstedt's game did not look good early. A triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 6th placed the Lobo senior at 5-over after the first four holes. However, she played the remaining 14 holes in 5-under to finish the round at even-par 73. Backstedt, a native of Ljunghusen, Swden, birdied four of the last six holes. Junior Britney Choy improved each round. After an opening-day 75, Choy shot 73 and a 1-under 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 8th at 1-over 220. New Mexico led by three shots midway through the front side. Pepperdine got hot at the turn, though, taking a 1-shot advantage when four golfers combined to make seven birdies over a four-hole stretch. Jessica Wallace led the Waves' charge with birdies at Nos. 9, 11 and 12. UNM answered as Ewart and Choy each birdied the par-3 12th to regain the lead by a stroke. The Lobos won both the McGuire team and individual titles for the fourth time. Pat Park and UNM won it all in 1962-63 while Kailin Downs took medalist honors in 2003.

SEASON NOTES:

• The Lobos won the 2008 Branch Law Firm / Dick McGuire Invitational by 4 shots over Pepperdine...it's the 16th overall team title for New Mexico women's golf since 2001

• The 287 total in the final round of the McGuire was UNM's lowest since shooting a 283 in the 2007 Las Vegas Spring Invitational...the 872 tournament total ranks No. 6 all-time for a Lobo team and is the lowest since a school-record 857 at the `07 Las Vegas invite

• The 282 team total in the 1st round of the Stanford Intercollegiate ranks as the Lobos' fourth-best round in the school history

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