Lobos Stay in 6th at ASU Invitational; Ewart tied for 3rd
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/04/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 4, 2009

The 29th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team remained in sixth place after two rounds of the PING/Arizona State Invitational. UNM shot a 15-over 303 for a 36-hole total of 601 on the par-72, 6,230-yard Karsten Golf Course. The Lobos are 16 shots behind leader and top-ranked Arizona State (585).

Through 14 holes, UNM was only 4-over on its round and challenging top-five teams Oklahoma State, UCLA and USC. However, the Lobos lost 11 strokes on the final four holes and will start Sunday's final round four shots out of fifth place held by UCLA at 597.

The Lobos are still ahead of six teams ranked ahead of them in the most recent Golfweek poll: Arizona, California, Denver, Pepperdine, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

New Mexico junior Jodi Ewart was 1-under on her round coming to 17, but suffered bogeys on the final two holes to finish with a 1-over 73. Ewart shares third place with Arizona's Alejandra Llaneza at 1-under 143, which is four strokes behind USC's Lizette Salas. Salas blazed to a 6-under 66 and leads at 139. Purdue's Maria Hernandez is second at 141.

Lobo junior Britney Choy finished with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 23rd at 151. Freshman Rebecca Hellbom is tied for 40th at 153 following a 76 today.

Seniors Morgan Grantham and Mikaela Backstedt are tied for 54th at 156. Backstedt shot 79 today, losing five shots on the closing four holes.

Freshman Sarah Salvo, competing as an individual, shot an 81 and is tied for 69th at 159.

Sunday's final round begins at 8:30 a.m. MDT. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com.

Friday, May 22
All Day - 
Women's Golf
at NCAA Championship Qualifiers