New Mexico Lobos Women’s Golf – at the SDSU Farms Invitational
When/Where: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; The Farms Golf Club
Top Five Teams: 1- UCLA 285; 2- Stanford 290; 3- San Diego State 292; 4- Arizona State 295; 5- USC 298. 10- New Mexico 306.
Top Five Individuals: 1- Alison Lee 68; 1 (tie)- Emma Henrikson, SDSU, 68; 1 (tie)- Kailey Walsh, Miami, 68; 4- Erynee Lee, UCLA, 69; 4- Lauren Kim, Stanford, 69.
The Lobos: Sammi Stevens, 73; Manon De Roey, 73; Sofia Hoglund, 82; Manon Molle, 78; Katerina Jaeger, 96; Eva Saulnier (individual), 79.
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - One of the good things about golf courses near the Pacific Ocean is that there usually is lots of water to look at. It’s a moisture thing. One of the bad things is there often is lots of water waiting around to gobble up golf balls. It’s an errant shot thing.
“When you start hitting it crooked on this course, you will be penalized,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo, who saw a few Lobo shots heading toward the wet stuff and/or the out-of-bounds areas. Of course, the Lobos weren’t alone in allowing the Farms Golf Club take a few bites out of the scorecards.
Portland State shot a 40-over 328 to fall into last (17th) place. Three of their team players shot 86, 88 and 94. Xavier was 38-over-par and in 16th place. The Lobos were near the middle of the pack of the 17-team field in the San Diego State Farms Invitational at 18-over which was good for the No. 10 spot.
The UCLA Bruins have the first-round lead at 3-under 285 paced by Alison Lee with a 4-under-par 68 and Erynne Lee with a 3-under 69. The Bruins have a five-shot lead over Stanford (290) and a seven-shot lead over San Diego State (292).
If you buy into the adage that watching good golf shots helps you make good golf shots, then the SDSU Aztecs were smart to play with UCLA on the Aztecs’ home course. The Bruins made a lot of good shots and the Aztecs fell into third place paced by Emma Henrikson’s 4-under 68 – good for a first-place tie after 18 holes.
The Lobos were paired with Texas and the UNLV Rebels of the Mountain West. The Longhorns ended the first 18 holes in a tie for seventh place at 302 and UNLV was alone in ninth place at 304, two shots better than the Lobos. UNM is ahead of No. 14 Oklahoma State (307) and No. 21 Oregon (311).
The Lobos will play with Oklahoma State and Oregon in Tuesday's second round. The 54-tourney concludes Wednesday.
“It was nice playing with UNLV because it allows you to size up the competition prior to our conference championships,” said Trujillo. “San Diego State played very well, but this is their home course, so you would expect that.”
The Lobos were paced by seniors Manon De Roey and Sammi Stevens, who both carded 1-over 73s. Manon Molle had a 6-over 78 and Sofia Hoglund rounded out the UNM team card with a 10-over 82. Eva Saulnier, playing as an individual, shot a 79.
“We didn’t play the par-3s very well,” said Trujillo. “Sammi and Manon (De Roey) were steady, but we left a lot of birdies on the course. The next two days we have to do better on the par-3s and take advantage of the par-5s which aren’t as difficult.
“The conditions are nice out here, but it’s a difficult course.”
The USC Trojans, the No. 1 ranked team in several polls, ran into some difficulty Monday on the Farms Golf Club. The Trojans won the UCLA Bruin Invitational on March 3-4 with three golfers finishing the tournament under par. The Trojans had no golfers under par Monday and finished 10-over par with a 298 only eight shots head of UNM.
UCLA’s Alison Lee is in a three-way tie with SDSU’s Emma Henrikson and Miami’s Kailey Walsh with 4-under cards of 68. UCLA’s Erynee Lee and Stanford’s Lauren Kim are knotted in fourth place with 69s. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse has the lone card of 70.
De Roey and Stevens are five-shots off the pace in a nine-player logjam at 73. In the head-to-head battles with the Rebels, Stevens and UNLV’s Dan Finkelstein both shot 73. De Roey carded a 73 playing with UNLV’s Mayko Chwen Wang, who had a 79. Molle had a 78 playing with Demi Mak at 74.
The Lobos would be ahead of UNLV by a shot if Eva Saulnier’s 79 would have counted, but the Lobo freshman was playing as an individual. A five-player team card is formed using the best four rounds of the day.