New Mexico's Sammi Stevens Shares Lead in San Jose
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/03/2014

New Mexico Lobos Women’s Golf – at Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational

Where: Almaden Golf and Country Club (6,162 yards – par 72) – San Jose, Calif.

Top Five Teams (36 holes):  1. Oregon 296-292—588. 2. UC Davis 299-291—590. 2 (tie). San Francisco 295-295—590.  4. San Jose State 295-301—596. 5- Santa Clara 307-292—599.  6. New Mexico 303-300—603.  6 (tie) Coastal Carolina 300-303—603.

Top Five Individuals (36 holes): 1. Sammi Stevens, New Mexico, 71-71—142. 1 (tie). Martina Edberg, CS Fullerton, 71-71—142. 3. Annie Freman, Santa Clara, 73-70—143. 3 (tie). Alison Lillie, San Francisco, 71-72—143.  5. Paige Lee, UC Davis, 72-72—144.

Lobo Roster: Sammi Stevens (71-71—142); Manon De Roey (78-75--153); Manon Molle (78-77-155), Katerina Jaeger (76-79--155); Sofia Hoglund (79-77--156). 

 By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

 New Mexico Lobo Sammi Stevens, who went into her senior year hoping to land her first collegiate title, is 18 holes away from that elusive first win. 

 But it’s going to be a dog fight – and maybe a sloppy one depending on the clouds above San Jose, Calif.

Stevens, the Lobos and the field of 13 teams had to fight some rain Monday over 36 holes and Stevens was one of two golfers who figured out the slow and bumpy greens enough to card back-to-back 1-under 71s.  Fullerton’s Martina Edberg also went 71-71.    There are ten other golfers one to five strokes off the lead.

 “Sammi started out her first round with a bogey and a double bogey, but brought it back nicely,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo.  “She put on the accelerator and got it back to even.

 “There has been some rain and the course is playing pretty difficult. The putts aren’t rolling and the greens are bumpy.  The greens are difficult to putt and it was a tough putting day for the Lobos.”

New Mexico went 303-300 for a 36-hole total of 603 which is good for a sixth-place tie with Coastal Carolina. Oregon rallied to replace 18-hole leader San Jose State at the top of the board.  Oregon went 296-292 to post a 588 and has a two-stroke lead over UC Davis and San Francisco both at 590.

The final round goes off Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (MT).

The shotgun start had Stevens going off on No. 6.  She started with a bogey, added a birdie, and her double bogey on No. 12 left her 2-over par with 11 holes to play.  She dropped birdies on No. 17, No. 1 and No. 3 to card her 1-under 71.  She had two bogeys and three birdies on the second 18 holes to duplicate her 1-under 71.

Trujillo said a sour spot on the New Mexico team cards were the par-5s. “The par-5s are playing short and we made way too many bogeys on the par-5s,” she said.

Stevens was 11 shots ahead of her closest teammate, Manon De Roey, who went 78-75 for a 153 total. “Manon just didn’t have any putts drop on the first round,” said Trujillo.  “A 78 is not like her.  She got it going better in the second round.”

San Jose State of the Mountain West shocked the field in the first round by firing a 295 (plus seven) over the first 18 holes to share the lead with San Francisco.  Oregon shot a 296 and UC Davis was at 299.  The Lobos were only eight shots off the lead in sixth place with a first-round 303.

 UNM’s Stevens was tied for second after 18 holes with a 1-under 71. San Francisco’s Clare Sorensen held a one-shot lead over four golfers with her 2-under 70 over the first 18 holes.

The difficulty of the course was reflected in the individual score cards over two rounds.  There was not one collegiate golfer to break into the 60s and there were only two 70s recorded over 36 holes.