March 21, 2009
The University of New Mexico women's golf team moved up a spot into fourth place after two rounds of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Lobos shot a 10-over 298 today on the 6,324-yard University of Texas Golf Club course for a two-day total of 590.
UNM trails top-ranked Arizona State and No. 14 Purdue by 12 shots entering Sunday's final round. The Lobos are the defending champions of the Betsy Rawls. Complete results and live stats are available at www.golfstat.com.
The Lobos entered the tournament ranked 34th in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index poll, but they enter the final round 11 shots ahead of No. 10 Duke and 13 strokes better than 13th-ranked Vanderbilt. No. 19 Arkansas is third at 582.
Lobo junior Jodi Ewart shot even-par 72 and is tied with Arizona State's Azahara Munoz for fourth place at 2-under 142. Ewart is three shots behind Purdue's Maria Hernandez, who leads the field at 139 following a 3-under 69 today.
Senior Mikaela Backstedt gave the Lobos a huge lift with birdies on four of the last five holes. She finished with a 72 and is tied for 13th at 3-over 147.
Final round action begins Sunday at 6:45 a.m. Mountain Time.