March 28, 2013
The University of New Mexico women's golf team competes in The Farms Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Hosted by San Diego State at The Farms Golf Club, the 15-team field will play 18 holes a day over three days. The Lobos will be paired with California and Texas in Sunday's first round, teeing of of No. 10. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
The field includes New Mexico, host San Diego State plus Arizona, California, Long Beach State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Northwestern, Pepperdine, South Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV, USC and Wyoming.
THE BRANCH LAW FIRM CLINIC - UNM women's golf hosted the annual Branch Law Firm Women's Golf Clinic March 23, at the UNM Championship Golf Course. The free clinic was open to all levels of women's golfers. The clinic was taught by UNM head coach Jill Trujillo, who is a certified LPGA/PGA Professional, assistant coach Kari Zimmerly and the Lobo women's golf team.
DR. DONNIS THOMPSON RECAP - Junior Sammi Stevens recorded the lowest 54-hole total of her career to finish in a tie for third place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane'ohe, Hawai'i.
Stevens shot a final round 73 at the Kane'ohe Klipper course, ending with a career-best 217 (71-73-73) total. Her previous low score for three rounds was 218 at the 2011 Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque.
Stevens finished four shots out of first that was claimed by Arizona's Manon Gidali (213). Ohio State's Amy Meier was second (215) while Patricia Garcia from Arizona tied Stevens for third.
As a team, the Lobos fell to seventh place with a 54-hole total of 57-over 921 (298-308-315). UNM was in fourth place in the 16-team field after the first round and in a tie for fifth after 36 holes.
No. 7 Arizona (875) led wire-to-wire to win the team championship by 25 shots over second place Ohio State (900).
The Lobos' high score of the tournament (315) in the final round was again marked by difficulties on the back nine. UNM dropped 14 shots on holes 10 through 18 in the final round, and 38 in the tournament compared to half that total (19) on the front side.
After playing the first two rounds in just 5 over, junior Sofia Hoglund soared to an 83 in the final round. She finished in a tie for 28th at 232 (73-76-83).
The Lobos' top golfer entering the tournament, junior Manon De Roey never got untracked. She finished at 233 (77-77-79), tying for 34th. De Roey entered the competition with a season scoring average of 74.38. However, she has a 77.71 average in seven rounds this spring.
Senior Beth Buchner finished at 239 (77-82-80), tying for 50th. Freshman Ira Knopf tied for 83rd at 255 (83-82-90). Freshman Xenia Knopf, playing as an individual, came in with a 253 (83-79-91), tying for 81st.
STEVENS NAMED MW GOLFER OF THE WEEK - For her performance at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, junior Sammi Stevens was selected Mountain West Women's Golfer of the Week for tournaments played March 12 -17.
The Hereford, Texas, native recorded 12 birdies across the 54-hole event, including five birdies in each of the final two rounds. Her third-place tie marked Stevens' second top-10 finish of the spring.
Through 20 rounds, Stevens leads New Mexico and ranks second in the Mountain West with a 74.60 stroke average. This marks the first career MW Golfer of the Week award for Stevens.