No. 15 Lobos to Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/01/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 1, 2008

The 15th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team continues its fall season with a trip to the Great Northwest for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be held Oct. 6-8, at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. The University of Washington is the host school. Competition begins at 9 a.m. locally Monday, 10 a.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Live stats of the entire tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com.

The 13-team field includes New Mexico, BYU, California, UC Long Beach, Eastern Washington, Idaho, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, Stanford, host Washington and Washington State. The Lobos are the highest ranked team in the field at No. 15 in the Sept. 29 Golfweek poll. California is No. 18.

Head coach Jill Trujillo will travel seniors Mikaela Backstedt and Morgan Grantham, junior Britney Choy, and freshmen Rebecca Hellbom and Sarah Salvo.

New Mexico's top golfer, junior Jodi Ewart, will not compete in Washington. She will be in Adelaide, Australia, representing her native England in the World Amateur Team Championship Oct. 8-11.

Ewart, who won the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational last month at the UNM Championship Course, is currently the Lobos' top-ranked golfer, listed at No. 34 in the Golfweek poll. Ewart finished second at the Ihlanfeldt in 2006, at 1-over 217.

The Lobos are making their 13th appearance at the Edeam Ihlanfeldt, which started in 1981. New Mexico's best finish is 2nd in the spring of 1986 and the fall of 1986, and in the fall of 2006.

UNM finished tied for 12th out of 16 schools last year. Jodi Ewart was the Lobos' top finisher, tying for 12th at 6-over 223. Southern Cal won the team title while USC's Belen Mozo and Arizona's Alison Walshe shared medalist honors.

After winning their own Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course last month, the Lobos will attempt to do something they've done just six other times and that's win back-to-back tournaments. Tha last time it happened was five years ago when UNM won the Landfall Tradition and the Las Vegas Showdown in 2003. New Mexico has won 41 team titles since the program started in the fall of 1975.

EWART OFF TO AUSTRALIA: University of New Mexico junior golfer Jodi Ewart will play for her native England in next week's 2008 World Amateur Team Championship in Australia. The championship will be conducted Oct. 8-11 at The Grange Golf Club's East and West Courses in Adelaide. A total of 54 women's teams will compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Each team has four players. South Africa is the defending champion. Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com. Adelaide is 15 1/2 hours ahead of Mountain Daylight Time.

The World Amateur Team Championships was founded in 1958 and is a biennial event run by the International Golf Federation in conjunction with the host nation's governing body of golf.