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Sammi Stevens Fires 67 To Finish 4th in Austin
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/15/2013

New Mexico Lobos Women's Golf – at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational

Final Lobo Scores: Sammi Stevens (4th) 70-72-67--209; Manon De Roey (t-34th) 76-73-72—221; Sofia Hoglund (t-72nd) 76-78-78--232; Katerina Jaeger (87th) 77-78-83--238; Manon Molle’ (t-88) 79-83-78--240.

Top Five Teams: 1- UCLA 281-282-275—842.  2. Arizona State 283-283-282—848.  3- Miami 276-292-291—859. 4- Iowa State 291-282-289—862. 5- SMU 284-296-292—872.  New Mexico (14th) 299-301-295—895.

Up Next For UNM: Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 27-29) -- Las Vegas (UNLV)

AUSTIN, Texas –  Lobo Sammi Stevens made a gallant run at the individual title of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational by firing a sizzling 67 Tuesday to tie the tournament’s low round over 54 holes of play.

However, Stevens needed several golfers at the top to stumble and that didn’t happen as Stevens had to settle for fourth place behind UCLA’s Alison Lee, UCLA’s Bronte Law and UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein. 

“Sammi played great today, but there was not going to be any stumbling from the top,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo. “We didn’t have any rain and there was only a little wind and the greens were soft.  The greens are usually firm and fast, but the soft greens made it kind of a birdie festival out there today.”

The Lobo senior had a 54-hole card of 70-72-67—209.  Lee was hot all week with three rounds in the 60s – 69-68-67—204 and pulled into the individual title four shots ahead of teammate Law (69-72-67--208) and Finkelstein (69-72-67—208).  The Texas Golf Club saw eight of the nine top individuals break par on Tuesday and the top four went 67-67-68-67.

“The course was playing a little bit short and I got really accurate with my short irons,” said Stevens, a two-time All-Mountain West golfer. “I had four birdie putts that were probably inside four feet.  That helps.”

Stevens had seven birdies over the final 18 holes against two bogeys.  “Sammi played with a lot of confidence today,” said Trujillo. “She was firing at pins and making a lot of putts.  That’s what you do when you are aiming to be an All-American.  You can’t play scared and you have to go out there and make it happen.”

The No. 1 ranked Bruins rode the hot clubs of Lee and Law to a three-day team total of 281-286-275—842  (minus 22) and won the team crown by six shots over Arizona State, which finished at 283-283-282—848.  The Bruins iced the tournament with a 275 on Tuesday – the lowest one-day team total of the tournament.  That 275 set a UCLA record for a single round and broke the tournament record of 276 set by Miami on Sunday’s first round.

The Lobos had their lowest team total on Tuesday -- 299-301-295 –895 -- and finished tied with Princeton for the 14th spot.  Senior Manon De Roey finished tied for the 34th spot and improved her card every round going 76-73-72—221.

“It’s a difficult course the first time you play it and it was another learning experience for our freshmen,” said Trujillo. “I think they are disappointed, but that’s good because that means you go out and work harder.

“We (as a team) are showing the same pattern as our last tournament. We didn’t finish well.”

There is an interesting subplot that has developed in UNM’s first three tournaments of the fall season between Stevens and Finkelstein, two of the top collegiate golfers in the Mountain West and the nation.  Finkelstein beat Stevens by a shot at the Colorado State Invitational. Stevens beat the Rebel by a shot at UNM’s Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational and the Rebel beat Stevens by a shot Tuesday in Austin.

Finkelstein led the MW in scoring average last season at 74.2 – just ahead of Stevens at 74.6.

“There is a really great rivalry between those two,” said Trujillo. “They are both such good players.  Last year Dana inched out Sammi for Player of the Year (Mountain West).  They know each other well and they know how each other plays.”

Said Stevens:  “We are in the same conference and we always want to beat each other. But it’s not a huge deal. I wasn’t paired with her today, so it’s difficult to get real competitive with somebody not in your group.”

Stevens and Finkelstein – the No. 1 players on their roster right now -- might be paired together Oct. 27-29 when UNM travels to UNLV’s Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.  That subplot might be complicated by the play of San Diego State freshman Sirene Blair, who finished tied for seventh place in Austin at 70-70-71—211. Blair finished ahead of both Stevens and Finkelstein at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.

Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational -- Final Team Scores 

1 UCLA 281 286 275 842 -22
2 Arizona State 283 283 282 848 -16
3 Miami 276 292 291 859 -5
4 Iowa State 291 282 289 862 -2
5 Southern Methodist University 284 296 292 872 +8
6 Tulane 288 295 290 873 +9
Mississippi State University 284 291 298 873 +9
8 Denver 289 293 292 874 +10
9 San Diego State 290 297 291 878 +14
10 UNLV 291 296 292 879 +15
11 TCU 291 304 295 890 +26
UTSA 292 303 295 890 +26
13 Texas 299 302 291 892 +28
14 Princeton University 301 298 296 895 +31
New Mexico 299 301 295 895 +31
16 Tennessee 299 308 302 909 +45
17 Furman 303 301 307 911 +47
18 Tulsa 313 312 305 930 +66

Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational -- Top 20 Individuals

1 Alison Lee UCLA 69 68 67 204 -12
2 Bronte Law UCLA 69 72 67 208 -8
Dana Finkelstein UNLV 71 69 68 208 -8
4 Sammi Stevens New Mexico 70 72 67 209 -7
5 Cajsa Persson Iowa State 69 69 72 210 -6
Tonje Daffinrud Denver 71 71 68 210 -6
7 Monica Vaughn Arizona State 73 69 69 211 -5
Dani Ordonez Arizona State 70 70 71 211 -5
Sirene Blair San Diego State 70 70 71 211 -5
10 Jessica Peng Miss State 67 70 75 212 -4
11 Jenny Haglund SMU 70 70 73 213 -3
Alexandra Rossi SMU 70 74 69 213 -3
13 Alex White TCU 72 71 72 215 -1
Madison Opfer Tulane 73 72 70 215 -1
Sasikarn On-iam Iowa State 70 72 73 215 -1
16 Louise Ridderstrom UCLA 74 70 72 216 E
Dani Darquea Miami 67 72 77 216 E
Chonlada Chayanun Iowa State 75 69 72 216 E
Laura Blanco Arizona State 72 70 74 216 E
Delfy Acosta Miami 69 76 71 216 E
Justine Lee Arizona State 70 77 69 216 E
Kailey Walsh Miami 69 73 74 216 E

 

 

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