Feb. 24, 2009
University of New Mexico junior Jodi Ewart (YOU-ert) shot a 2-under 70 today to claim a share of the individual title at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational played in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Ewart and Southern Cal's Lizette Salas both finished at 3-under 213 on the par-72, 6,146-yard Nicklaus Legacy Course. Ewart was the only player in the field to shoot par or better in all three rounds: 72-71-70.
It's the fourth individual title for Ewart while at UNM, tying Caroline Keggi's school record. A native of North Yorkshire, England, Ewart has played in 26 tournaments in her Lobo career. Keggi played in 31 from 1985-87.
The Lobos shot their best round of the tournament today - a 9-over 297 - to finish in a tie for 10th place with 19th-ranked California. The 17-team field featured nine teams ranked in the top-25. UNM entered the tournament ranked 37th in the latest Golfweek poll and is sure to improve its national standing after defeating two higher ranked teams, No. 13 Denver and No. 33 Washington.
UCLA led wire-to-wire, firing a final day round of 1-under 287 to claim the team title. The Bruins finished the three-day event at 5-over 869, winning by nine shots over Arizona State and USC.
UNM senior Morgan Grantham and freshman Rebecca Hellbom both shot 3-over 75 today. Grantham finished in a tie for 38th at 14-over 230. Hellbom came in at 235. Senior Mikaela Backstedt and freshman Sarah Salvo both finished at 238. Backstedt had a 77 in the final round, Salvo a 79.
The Lobos are off for nearly a month before traveling to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational March 20-22 in Austin, Texas.