Lobos Finish Fifth at Kent Youel Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/29/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 29, 2008

The University of New Mexico women's golf team finished in fifth place at the Kent Youel Invitational in Kapolei, O'ahu, Hawai'i. The Lobos, who started the final round in second behind eventual winner San Francisco, ended the tournament at 17-over 881 on the par-72, 6,316-yard Kapolei Golf Course.

San Francisco grabbed an 11-shot victory over second-place Cal Irvine and San Jose State. The Lobos were just three shots out of second in their final fall competition of the season.

Junior Jodi Ewart was the Lobos' top finisher, tying for fifth place at even-par 216 (71-71-74).

The Lobos' most impressive showing probably came from true freshman Sarah Salvo. Competing as an individual in just her third collegiate tournament, Salvo shot 74-73-73-220 (+4) to tie for 12th place.

Fellow freshman Rebecca Hellbom fell back to a 79 in the final round to finish at 5-over 221. Hellbom, who tied UNM senior Morgan Granthan for 15th place, was tied for fourth entering the final round. Grantham shot a team-best 72 today.

Junior Britney Choy who grew up less than 30 minutes from the Kapolei Golf Course, and senior Mikaela Backstedt tied for 45th at 231.

Cal Irvine's Jane Chin took medalist honors with a 13-under 203, winning by 11 shots over San Francisco's Christina Stockton.

UNM begins spring action on Feb. 8 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan.