March 12, 2013
Led by junior Sammi Stevens, the University of New Mexico women's golf team is tied for fifth place after two rounds of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane'ohe, Hawai'i. The Lobos have a 36-hole total of 30-over 606 (298-308) at the Kane'ohe Klipper course.
Stevens is in fourth place entering Wednesday's final round after shooting an even par 144 (71-73). She is three shots out of the individual lead held by Arizona's Manon Gidali (141). Ohio State's Amy Meier and Ole Miss' Abby Newton are tied for second at 143.
The Lobos' top finisher in the team's past four tournaments, Stevens had her share of ups and downs, making 10 birdies on the day, but she gave those 10 shots back on another eight holes.
In the team competition, No. 7 Arizona (582) holds a commanding 14-shot lead over second place Ohio State (596). However, the race for second place could be interesting as only 10 shots separate the Buckeyes, Louisville, Gonzaga, New Mexico and Ole Miss.
The Lobos started slowly, sitting at 9 over after the first five holes of the tournament. However, they played the last 13 holes of the first round in 1 over for a team total of 298.
UNM does hope to play better on the back nine tomorrow. As a team, the Lobos lost 24 strokes on holes 10 through 18 compared to just 6 over on the front side.
The 16-team field begins final round action Wednesday with a shotgun start at 12 noon MT.
Lobo junior Sofia Hoglund easily posted her best 36-hole score of the season at 149 (73-76). She is tied for 15th. Hoglund entered the tournament with a scoring average of 79.12.
Junior Manon De Roey is tied for 28th at 154 (77-77).
Senior Beth Buchner is at 159 (77-82), tied for 51st. In the first round, she strung together four birdies over five holes to get to 2 over with three holes left, but finished bogey, double bogey for a 77.