By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Once again, Manon De Roey is throwing out a sizzling summer of golf on the European links. The main difference this summer is De Roey is honing her golf skills for a possible berth on the Belgium Olympic Team or maybe for a spot on the Ladies’ European Tour.
The former Lobo, degree in hand, won’t be bringing her talents back to the University of New Mexico.
De Roey, who finished her collegiate eligibility as a Lobo in 2013-14, already has a top ten finish in two prestigious European events.
1. She was No. 5 at the St. Rule Trophy held at St. Andrews in Scotland.
2. She was No. 9 in the International European Ladies Amateur Championship.
De Roey saved her best round for last in the International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship by firing a final-round 67 that vaulted her to a ninth-place tie.
De Roey’s 67 was the second-best round of the final day and was bested only by a course-record 66 fired by tournament winner Luna Sobron. Sobron finished with a four-round card of 71-72-69-66=278 and De Roey went 75-72-74-67=288.
Earlier this summer, De Roey did the same thing – saving her best round for last – in finishing fifth at the St. Rule (Scotland) Trophy. De Roey improved each day going 76-74-69=219. The St. Rule Trophy attracts the top player from around the world who are looking to battle top amateurs on the New and Old Courses at St Andrews (Scotland) Links.
The European Ladies Amateur is considered one of the premier amateur events in women’s golf as it attracts the top golfers from more than 20 countries. De Roey carried the flag of Belgium into the 72-hole event. She finished in the No. 10 spot in the 2013 European Amateur. .
De Roey, who was the 2013 Mountain West individual champion while playing for the Lobos, needed a sizzling final round to make up for her first-round 75 – a round that featured four bogeys against a single birdie. On the final day on the Estonian Golf and Country Club, De Roey had six birdies against a single bogey to card the five-under 67.
The tourney was played on the Championship Sea Course which is ranked 83rd in Golf World’s Top 100 European Courses. So, De Roey had to battle a tough course and a tough field. The European Ladies Amateur is sponsored by the European Golf Association.
There were more than 130 golfers in the field with the top 64 golfers making the 54-hole cut and playing in the final round. The cut line after 54 holes was 222 and De Roey had a 221 after 54 holes before using her 67 to charge up the leaderboard. De Roey finished a stroke ahead of the 2013 champion, Emily Pederson, who was coming off a win in the British Ladies Amateur.
“To finish in the top ten is a big deal and Manon has done it two years in a row,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo. “She had to beat some very good players to finish that high in one of the top events in Europe.”
De Roey jumped into the European amateur circuit after posting a stellar career as a Lobo. She was a four-year starter for Trujillo and won the 2013 MW title and was the 2012 medalist at Colorado State’s annual invite. She won the 2013 MW title in a sudden-death playoff to become only the fourth Lobo to win at least two tournaments in an academic year.
She also was a key scorer for UNM in winning the 2014 Mountain West team title and was named Second Team All-MW.