New Mexico Lobos – At the 2014 NCAA West Regionals
When/Where: Thursday thru Saturday -- Tumble Creek Club, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington
West Regional 36-Hole Results: T-1. Southern California 284-294 = 578. T-1 Arizona State 289-289 = 578. 3. Washington 288-292 = 580. 4. Oklahoma 291-295 = 586. 5. Northwestern 302-296 = 598. 6. Michigan State 291-311 = 602. 7. Texas A&M 290-313 = 603. 8. Iowa State 300-305 = 605.
Note: The Top Eight Teams After 54 holes Will Advance to the NCAA Championships ---
9. Wisconsin 301-305 = 606. 10. Wake Forest 304-303 = 607. 11. UC Davis 300-308 = 608. 12. GRU Augusta 305-306 = 611. 13. Clemson 302-312 = 614. 14. Denver 302-320 = 622. 15. Tennessee 306-317 = 623. 16. New Mexico 314-310 = 624. 17. Oregon 311-314 = 625. 18. Notre Dame 316-311 = 627. 19. Chattanooga 316-312 = 628. 20. Portland State 314-315 = 629. 21. San Diego State 317-315 = 635. 22. Gonzaga 317-319 = 636. 23. New Mexico State 317-328 = 645. 24. Detroit 336-316 = 652.
West Individual Leaders: T-1. Kyung Kim, USC, 66-74 - 140. T-1. SooBin Kim, Washington, 70-70 = 140. T-3. 2. Noemi Jimenez, ASU, 67-74 = 141. T-3. Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M, 67-74 = 141. 5 Annie Park, USC, 71-71 = 142.
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
CLE ELUM, Washington – To put the 74 that Lobo senior Sammi Stevens shot Friday in the second round of the NCAA West Regional into perspective, consider this:
Three of the top four golfers in the individual race also shot 74s on the chilly, blustery – well, make that wind-blown – hills of the Tumble Creek Club at the Suncadia Resort.
“I was really proud of Sammi’s round,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo, who tried to sidestep any weather excuse by simply saying: “I’m glad we brought our cold-weather gear.”
It almost looked like the golfers at the West Regional in Cle Elum, Washington were about to have a cross-country skiing race rather than play 18 holes of golf. And you could tell by the scores posted that Tumble Creek probably could have changed its name to Tumble Typhoon for a day.
Not one of the top 10 individuals turned in a better score on Friday than they did on Thursday. Southern California shot 10 strokes higher as a team on Friday, but managed to stay in first place locked in a tie with Arizona State at 578.
The Lobos were one of the few teams that actually improved their team score on Friday, but UNM’s two-day total of 624 has them 19 shots off the NCAA cut.
The top eight teams in this field of 24 advance to the NCAA finals. Iowa State owns the No. 8 spot taking a 605 team total into Saturday’s final 18 holes. There also are seven teams between No. 16 New Mexico and No. 8 Iowa State and those teams range from one shot to nine shots behind Iowa State.
The Lobos need to make a charge and hope that teams above them struggle.
“You never know what’s going to happen when you are playing in weather,” said Trujillo. “You can make up 10 shots in just a few holes. We’ll go out there and play our hardest and see what happens.”
Stevens’ 74 followed a first-round 79 giving her a 36-hole card of 153 which is matched by Lobo senior Manon De Roey (76-77). The Lobos also had to play in weather (rain) on Thursday afternoon while a number of the leading teams and individuals enjoyed a dry morning round. UNM’s 310 on Friday was better than 13 of the other 23 teams on the course.
Michigan State, in the No. 6 spot after 36 holes, shot a 311 on Friday and Texas A&M, in the No. 7 slot, shot a 313. New Mexico State shot a 328 on Friday.
Lobo freshman Manon Molle cut two shots off her first 18 holes and her card of 79-77 gives her a two-round total of 156. Freshman Eva Saulnier provided the fourth team score on Friday with an 82.
“I would say a 75 was a really good round today,” said Coach Trujillo. The average score on the course on Friday was 78.41 out of 126 rounds played.
The course obviously played havoc with players' shots and Trujillo said often a player would hit what appeared to be a perfect shot, but the wind would push that golfer into trouble. "You weren't always rewarded for a good shot," said Trujillo.
Stevens' card reflected the nature of the challenge. She had six bogeys, eight pars and four birdies in shooting her 74 on the par-72 track.
Stevens and De Roey are poised for a Top 50 finish tied for the 45th spot. Molle is tied for the 69th position.
Southern Cal, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the West Region’s No. 1 seed, fired a 284 over the first 18 holes and shot a 294 on Friday to fall into the tie with Arizona State which has gone 289-289. Washington, two shots off the lead, had the next best round on Friday at 292.
The Trojans were paced by Kyung Kim’s sizzling card of 66 in the first round, but the weather bit into Kim’s card on Friday and she came in with a 74 to fall into a tie at 140 with Washinton’s SooBin Kim. ASU’s Noemi Jimenez and Texas A&M’s Marijosse Navarro both shot a 74 on Friday and are tied for third place at 141.
The Lobos are 21 shots ahead of instate rival New Mexico State and 11 shots ahead of MW rival San Diego State.
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.