Lobos in 6th Place at NCAA Central Regional
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/07/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 7, 2009

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The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team is in sixth place after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional being played in Columbus, Ohio. The Lobos shot a 13-over-par 301 on the par-72, 6,246-yard Scarlet Course at Ohio State. Results and live stats are available at www.GolfStat.com.

The top eight teams in the 21-team field advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Owings Mills, Md.

Top-ranked UCLA was the only team to finish under par in the first round, firing a 4-under 284. The Bruins lead Michigan State and Purdue by 11 shots heading into Friday's second round. The tournament is 54 holes, ending on Saturday.

"Birdies were scarce today," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "The greens were the most difficult part of the course. There were some precarious pin placements to say the least. The course is very similar to Albuquerque Country Club as far as layout."

Junior Jodi Ewart led the Lobos with a 1-under 71 and is tied for fifth place. She had a share of the lead at 2-under after a birdie on the par-5 6th, but made bogey on the final hole. UNM started on the No. 10 tee today.

UCLA's Stephanie Kono and Maria Jose Uribe share the individual lead at 3-under 69.

"Jodi was solid all day," said Trujillo. "She played comfortable and confident. She had a tough par putt on 18 that just missed or she would have shot 70."

Lobo senior Mikaela Backstedt shot a 76 while junior Britney Choy and freshman Rebecca Hellbom each carded 77. Senior Morgan Grantham came in at 85.

New Mexico begins second round action Friday at 10:30 a.m. MDT. The Lobos are again paired with Georgia State and Notre Dame.