March 20, 2009
University of New Mexico junior Jodi Ewart shares the lead after the first round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. Ewart is in a six-way tie for the top spot at 2-under 70 on the 6,324-yard University of Texas Golf Club course.
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As a team, the 29th-ranked Lobos fashioned a 292, good for fifth place in the 17-team field. UNM, the defending champion of the event, trails second-ranked Arizona State by five shots. The Sun Devils were the lone team to finish the first round under par at 287.
The Lobos could have been higher in the standings had they not suffered three bogeys on the par-4 18th.
Ewart, who is currently ranked 10th in the nation, was one of the Lobos to have a bogey-5 on the final hole. She made birdies at 3, 11 and 14. Ewart is gunning for her second straight individual title. She tied for medalist honors last month at the Arizona Invitational.
Despite a bogey at 18, freshman Rebecca Hellbom had a solid round at 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 15th. Junior Britney Choy was a shot back at 74 (T24th) with senior Mikaela Backstedt coming in with a 3-over 75 (T32nd).
Second round action begins Saturday at 7:15 a.m. Mountain Time.