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Photos: Brett Wilhelm/NCAA
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Stevens: Lobos At West Region Looking to Play On
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/06/2014

New Mexico Lobos – At The 2014 NCAA West Regionals

When/Where: May 8-10 -- Tumble Creek Club, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington

West Regional Seeds: 1. Southern California. 2. Arizona State. 3. Oklahoma. 4. Washington. 5. Clemson. 6. Wake Forest. 7. Northwestern. 8. Michigan State. 9. Iowa State. 10. GRU-Augusta. 11. Oregon. 12. Texas A&M. 13. UC Davis. 14. Denver. 15. San Diego State. 16. Wisconsin. 17. Gonzaga. 18. Notre Dame. 19. Tennessee. 20. Chattanooga. 21. New Mexico. 22. New Mexico State. 23. Portland State. 24. Detroit.

NCAA West Individuals: 1. Alison Knowles (Louisiana Monroe). 2. Regan De Guzman (San Jose State). 3. Clariss Guce (Cal State Northridge). 4. Fabiola Arriaga (Texas-San Antonio). 5. Madchen Ly (Cal State Fresno). 6. Alexandra White (BYU)

By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

They stormed into the 2014 NCAA field through the front door by charging to the 2014 Mountain West championship.  However, if Jill Trujillo’s Lobos are to advance to the NCAA finals for the first time since 2010, they will have to sneak up on – and pass – more than a few talented teams.

The top eight teams at the NCAA West Regional move on to championship play. The New Mexico Lobos are among the underdogs as they carry a No. 21 seed out of 24 teams battling the Tumble Creek Club at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington

"The obvious (goal) is to try and qualify for the national championship,” said Trujillo.

The Lobos last played in the NCAA finals in 2010 after finishing fourth in the NCAA Central Regional.  UNM finished 16th at nationals out of 24 teams that year.

The Lobos were 19th in the 2011 regionals, 18th in 2012 and failed to make postseason play in 2013.  The Lobos have one of the top golf facilities in the nation and this is not a program content with simply making regional play.

They want to play on.

For Trujillo, there is extra incentive as two of the more productive Lobos ever are in their senior campaign and could see their Lobo careers end in Washington: Sammi Stevens and Manon De Roey.

“I would like nothing more than to give that to Sammi (Stevens) and Manon (De Roey) in their senior year, to take them to nationals and have them do well there,” said Trujillo.

Of course, Stevens and De Roey will have a say in whether or not the Lobos march on, but the task at the West Regional will be a tough one. And it will take a complete team effort to advance.

There are 20 teams with a higher seed than the Lobos and there are 23 total teams looking to beat out UNM for a bid to the finals. The Washington regional features eight teams in Golfstat.com’s Top 25 including the No. 1 ranked Southern California Trojans.

The Lobo earned the Mountain West’s automatic bid by winning the league crown by a single stroke over San Jose State, which did not make the NCAA field.   New Mexico will be joined at the West Regional by San Diego State, who was handed a No. 15 seed.  UNLV will be in Stillwater, Oklahoma playing as the No. 16 seed in the Central Regional. San Jose State’s Regan De Guzman and Fresno State’s Madchen Ly made the West Regional as individuals.

The NCAA uses three regionals – East, Central, West – to form the national finals with eight teams and two individuals advancing from each regional.  Duke is the No. 1 seed in the East and UCLA is the No. 1 seed in the Central.  USC was given the No. 1 seed in the West Regional, which also includes New Mexico State as the No. 22 seed.

There are 378 golfers in the regional competitions and 126 golfers will advance to the NCAA finals – five golfers off each of the 24 teams that survive the regional play and two individuals from each regional who did not advance with their team.

The Lobos will play a practice round on Wednesday with the 54-hole tournament beginning on Thursday, the second 18 holes on Friday and the final round set for Saturday. 

Here is a look at the Lobos competing at the 2014 West Regionals:

SENIOR SAMMI STEVENS:   One of Sammi’s personal goals going into her senior year with the Lobos was to finally get a collegiate win.  She did that with a “Steady-Stevens” card of 71-71-71 at the Juli Inkster Invite.   She has been one of the steadiest Lobos ever over the course of four years and one of the top golfers in the Mountain West.  She will carry a 73.15 stroke average into the 2014 West Regional and has played 119 rounds as a Lobo.  She has gone par or better 28 times as a Lobo with 13 of those sub-par rounds coming this season.  She has a career-best 18-hole card of 67, which she carded this season.

Career Stroke Average: 75.20. Career Low Round 67. 2014 Stroke Average: 73.15

SENIOR MANON DE ROEY:  Manon will leave UNM with at least two collegiate wins in her golf bag. She was the defending champion going into the 2014 Mountain West Championships.   She also won the CSU Invite in Fort Collins last year.  Manon has played 117 rounds as a Lobo with 19 par or better rounds and a career-best 18 holes of 68.

 Manon’s best 54 holes of the 2014 spring season created her fifth-place finish at the Silverado Showdown.

Career Stroke Average: 75.97. Career Low Round 68. 2014 Stroke Average: 73.92

FRESHMAN MANON MOLLE:  To put Molle’s freshman campaign and her current 75.50 stroke average into quick perspective, consider this:  Manon De Roey had a 77.90 average as a Lobo rookie and Sammi Stevens had a 76.23 average – as a sophomore.  Here is another telling stat: De Roey and Stevens have both shot in the 80s once this season as seniors.  Manon has only been in the 80s once this year as a D-I rookie in her 26 rounds played for UNM.  Manon has finished in the Top 25 four times including a season and career-high fifth place at the 2014 Mountain West Championships.

Career Stroke Average: 75.50. Career Low Round 70. 2014 Stroke Average: 75.50.

FRESHMAN KATERINA JAEGER:  One of Katerina’s best scores of the season is one that most Lobo fans don’t know about – and didn’t count on a tourney scorecard.  The talented freshman set an unofficial course record for the UNM Championship Course going 32-32—64 during a team qualifying round.  Which meant there was some pressure. 

Katerina played 23 rounds for UNM this season with her top scorecard of 229 posted at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invite.  It looks like Katerina likes to play the Championship Course.

Career Stroke Average: 79.35. Career Low Round 75. 2014 Stroke Average: 79.35.

FRESHMAN EVA SAULNIER:  This talented Lobo rookie had to quickly adjust to collegiate life in
the classroom and also D-I golf on the course as she joined the New Mexico roster in January.  She managed to play 12 rounds for Coach Trujillo and also cracked the traveling roster this for the Silverado Showdown in Napa where Eva carded her second-best 18 holes as a Lobo with a four-over 76.  

She carded her best 18 holes at the MW Championships where her first-round 74 was a huge boost for the UNM team total.

Career Stroke Average: 79.92. Career Low Round 74. 2014 Stroke Average: 79.92

 

Yr

New Mexico

Events

Rounds

Avg. Score

To Par

Sr

Manon De Roey

9

26

73.92

1.81

Sr

Sammi Stevens

9

26

73.15

1.04

Fr

Manon Molle

9

26

75.50

3.38

Fr

Katerina Jaeger

8

23

79.35

7.22

Fr

Eva Saulnier

4

12

79.92

7.92

Here are the other two NCAA regional sites and teams:

East Regional -- SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida.

1. Duke. 2. South Carolina. 3. Stanford. 4. Vanderbilt. 5. Pepperdine. 6. UCF. 7. Virginia. 8. Auburn. 9. NC State. 10. Florida State. 11. Kentucky. 12. Tulane. 13. Louisville. 14. Baylor. 15. East Tennessee State. 16. Georgia. 17. Campbell. 18. East Carolina. 19. Texas State. 20. College of Charleston. 21. Troy. 22. Murray State. 23. Seton Hall. 24. Alabama State.

Central Regional -- Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma

1. UCLA. 2. Arkansas. 3. Alabama. 4. Arizona. 5. LSU. 6. Oklahoma State. 7. Florida. 8. North Carolina. . 9. Ohio State. 10. Miami (Fla.). 11. Mississippi State. 12. California. 13. Kent State. 14. Kansas. 15. Texas. 16. UNLV. 17. Colorado. 18. SMU. 19. Minnesota. 20. Harvard. 21. Lamar. 22. Wichita State. 23. LIU-Brooklyn. 24. Siena. 

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