April 26, 2013
The University of New Mexico women's golf team remains in seventh place after two rounds of the Mountain West Championships in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The Lobos improved ever so slightly today, finishing with a 32-over 320 for a 36-hole total of 643 (323-320). However, UNM trails new leader UNLV by a wide 39-shot margin entering Saturday's final round at the Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Course (par 72, 6,234 yards).
UNLV blazed to a 24-stroke improvement from round one to overtake Fresno State for the team lead. The Rebels are at 604 (314-290), 10 shots better than the Bulldogs and Boise State.
The good news for UNM is that junior Manon De Roey is in contention for the individual title. De Roey is tied for third at 150 (75-75) and two shots out of the lead after shooting 75 for the second straight day. Nevada's Nikki Prichard (148) is atop the leaderboard, a stroke better than UNLV's Mayko Chwen Wang (149).
The last Lobo to claim the MW individual championship was Jodi Ewart in 2010.
De Roey actually climbed within a shot of the lead after birdies at 15 and 17, but she suffered a double bogey 7 at No. 18. She also started the round with a double bogey on the first hole.
The back nine proved troublesome again for New Mexico. After making the turn in 10 over today, UNM gave up 22 shots coming home. Through two rounds, the Lobos have dropped 43 of their 67 shots to par on holes 10 through 18.
"The back nine is really tough, but that's no excuse for our score," said UNM head coach Jill Trujillo. "On a positive note, Manon has put herself in position to have a very good finish."
Junior Sammi Stevens shot 78 for the second straight day. She is eight shots back at 156, tied for 15th. Like the team, the back nine has stung Stevens. Through two rounds, Stevens is even par on the front nine, but has played the back in 12 over.
Stevens has been the Lobos' top finisher in seven straight tournaments and has placed third in two of the past three competitions. She entered the championships with a team-best scoring average of 74.62.
Saturday's final round begins at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time.