New Mexico Lobos – At The 2014 NCAA West Regionals
When/Where: Thursday thru Saturday -- Tumble Creek Club, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington
West Regional First-Round Results: 1. Southern California 284. 2. Washington 288. 3. Arizona State 289. 4. Texas A&M 290. T-5. Michigan State 291. T-5. Oklahoma 291. T-7. Iowa State 300. T-7. UC Davis 300. 9. Wisconsin 301. T-10. Northwestern 302. T-10. Clemson 302. T-10. Denver 302. 13. Wake Forest 304. 14. GRU Augusta 305. 15. Tennessee 306. 16. Oregon 311. T-17. New Mexico 314. T-17. Portland State 314. T19. Chattanooga 316. T-19. Notre Dame 316. T-21. Gonzaga 317. T-21. San Diego State 317. T-21. New Mexico State 317. 24. Detroit 336.
Individual Leaders: 1. Kyung Kim, USC, 66. T2. Noemi Jimenez, ASU, 67. T2. Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M, 67. 4. Clariss Guce, CSU-Northridge, 68. T5. SooBin Kim, Washington, 70. T5. Liz Nagel, Michigan State, 70. T5. Jennifer Yang, Washington, 70.
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
A win at an NCAA Regional is an impressive accomplishment to place on a team’s resume, but the main goal at a regional isn’t really to be No. 1. The goal is to be better than No. 9.
And for Jill Trujillo’s New Mexico Lobos there might be another goal for their second shot at the Tumble Creek Club cut through a forest near Cle Elum, Washington: no rain.
The Lobos were among the teams which teed off in the afternoon and had to battle through something the State of Washington is famous for – the wet stuff.
“It started raining just before we teed off and it rained all day,” said Trujillo. “The morning rounds didn’t get any rain and it was beautiful and the conditions were dry and perfect and then the rain came. I’m not disappointed in how we played. We fought really hard, but it was tough to make birdies in the rain.
“But we have two more rounds and anything can happen. We’re going to get after it the next two days.”
The top eight teams at the three NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals advance to the national finals and Trujillo’s Lobos know exactly where they stand after 18 holes – 14 shots out of that coveted eighth place and needing to make up some ground in Friday’s second round.
That No. 8 hole is shared by Iowa State and UC Davis at 300. The Lobos are in a tie for 17th place after 18 holes with a 314 team total shared by Portland State. There are eight teams between New Mexico and that eighth-place spot with seven teams between 300 and 306.
The Lobos need Friday to be a moving day, if they hope to advance to the NCAA finals.
Senior Manon De Roey paced the Lobos with a 76 followed by senior Sammi Stevens at 79 and freshman Manon Molle at 79. Freshman Katerina Jaeger, who shot an 80, was the fourth card on UNM’s first-day team card of 314. Freshman Eva Saulnier came in with an 85.
“There are a lot of ups and downs on the fairways and the greens are small and undulated,” said Trujillo. “We are in the middle of a forest and there is still snow on the nearby mountains. It’s a tough course and definitely a championship course.”
Southern Cal, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the West Region’s No. 1 seed, fired a 284. The Lobos are 30 shots off that pace. The Trojans were paced by Kyung Kim’s sizzling card of 66 which gave her a one-shot lead over Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez and Texas A&M’s Marijosse Navarro, who both shot a 67. Clariss Guce, playing as an individual for CSU-Northridge, is in fourth place with a 68.
USC teed off at 8:36 a.m. and UNM teed off at 12:55 p.m. Guce teed off at 8:25 a.m.
Fresno State’s Madchen Ly is the Mountain West’s top individual after 18 holes at 74. The Lobos are three shots ahead of instate rival New Mexico State and MW rival San Diego State which both shot a 317.
The Lobos made the 24-team West Regional as the 2014 Mountain West Champions. This is UNM’s 21st trip into postseason out of the past 22 seasons. The Lobos last trip to the NCAA finals came in 2010 after finishing fourth in regional play.
The New Mexico Lobos are among the underdogs as they went into regional play as the No. 21 seed out of 24 teams. The Lobos were 19th in the 2011 regionals, 18th in 2012 and failed to make postseason play in 2013.
The Washington regional features eight teams in Golfstat.com’s Top 25 including the No. 1 ranked Southern California Trojans. The NCAA uses three regionals – East, Central, West – to form the national finals with eight teams and two individuals advancing from each regional.
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.