Stevens: Trujillo Hopes for Final-Day Charge
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/25/2014

New Mexico Lobos Women’s Golf – at the SDSU Farms Invitational

Where: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. -- The Farms Golf Club

Top Five Teams (36 holes): 1- UCLA 285-286 – 571. 2- Stanford 290-285 – 575.  3- Arizona State 295-284—579. 3 (tie)- USC 298-281--579.  5- San Diego State 292-292—584. 10 - New Mexico 306-304 -- 610.  

Top Five Individuals:  1 - Emma Henrikson, SDSU, 68-69—137.  2- Lauren Kim, Stanford, 69-71—140.  2 (tie)- Casey Danielson, Stanford, 72-68—140. 4- Alison Lee, UCLA, 68-73—141. 5- Karen Chung, USC, 74-68—142. 5 (tie)- Dana Finkelstein, UNLV, 73-69—142.  

The Lobos: Sammi Stevens, 73-72—145; Manon De Roey, 73-72--145;  Manon Molle, 78-77--155;  Sofia Hoglund, 82-83--165;  Katerina Jaeger, 96-85--181;  Eva Saulnier (individual), 79-78—157.


By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo isn’t holding back on her expectations or the challenge she throws at her 2014 New Mexico women’s golf team: Sammi Stevens and Manon De Roey need a little help from their friends.

“We’re not going to get where we want to be with just two players playing well,” said Trujillo. “With any college sport, it’s a team effort.  We have three seniors in the lineup and all three need to play well.  We have freshmen in the lineup, too, but they are in the lineup because we expect them to play well.

“We need everyone to step up and give us a shot in the arm heading into our conference championships.”

The Mountain West title chase is set for April 24-26 in Palm Springs, Calif.  The Lobos are at the San Diego State Farms Invitational that ends on Wednesday and the Lobos have only one other tourney on tab prior to the MW chase.

Coach Trujillo isn’t thrilled that her Lobos are looking up the leaderboard and seeing San Diego State and UNLV ahead of them.  Trujillo has another Mountain West title on her mind.

“It’s time for the whole team to start playing well,” she said.

Stevens and De Roey played well again in Tuesday’s second round and both cut a stroke off Monday’s card to take a pair of 73-72—145 cards into Wednesday’s final 18 holes.  The two seniors are in a five-way tie for 12th place in a field that features some of the top teams and the top individuals in the nation.

The individual leader going into Wednesday’s final round is San Diego State’s Emma Henrikson, who took advantage of her home course to shoot 68-69 for a 137 total.  She has a three-shot lead over two Stanford golfers, Casey Danielson and Lauren Kim at 140.  UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein, the 2013 Mountain West Golfer of the Year, is in fifth place at 73-69—142.

No. 1 ranked Southern California made a 17-stroke charge up the leaderboard, but the Trojans are still eight shots off the two-day pace set by UCLA.  The Bruins went 285-286—571 and lead Stanford’s 290-285—575 by four shots.  Arizona State is tied with USC with a two-day card of 579 and San Diego State is in fifth place at 584 – 13 shots behind UCLA.

New Mexico is in tenth place with a team card of 306-304 – 610.  That two-shot improvement came off the clubs of De Roey, Stevens and freshman Manon Molle.   Molle also improved by a shot going from 78 to 77 for a two-day total of 155.  The four-player team card was completed by senior Sofia Hoglund, who has a 36-hole card of 83-82—165.

Freshman Eva Saulnier, who joined the team in January, is using the Farms Invite to build confidence and adjust to collegiate golf.  She is making a bid to push her way into the starting lineup with a card of 79-78—157. Saulnier is playing as an individual at the SDSU Farms Invite.

Trujillo’s Lobos hit the practice tees after Monday’s first round looking to improve their scores on the difficult par-3s on the Farms Golf Club.   UNM was 15-over-par on those short holes on the first 18.

“We talked about clubbing down and going for the middle of the green instead of trying for hero shots going right at the flags,” said Trujillo.  “We practiced hitting the clubs we were going to use on the par-3s.

“The par-3s are surrounded by hazards and a mistake can cost you.  We went for the fat part of the greens today (Tuesday). The par-3s are the tougher holes on this course. We played them better today.”

The Lobos made a big jump on Tuesday shooting six-over on the par-3s as a team.  Their team average on the scorecards was 3.30 strokes.  UNM was even-par on the par-5s and 23-over on the par-4s with a 4.46 team average.  UNM was 30-over on the par-4s on Monday.

Stevens was a little up-and-down on Tuesday but “Steady Stevens” managed to come in with an even-par card of 72 using four birdies to make up for two bogeys and a double-bogey.  Stevens' six on the par-4 fourth hole was a nice scramble.  Her tee shot went out-of-bounds and her second drive caught a sand trap about 40 yards off the green.  She got up-and-down out of the trap to card the six.

Stevens, who started on No. 10, got a birdie on the par-4 No. 6 and a birdie on the par-4 No. 8 to help her card the 72.

De Roey was even steadier on Tuesday with a single bogey and a single birdie to go along with 16 pars. 

“Sammi and Manon (De Roey) are burning the edges on their birdie putts,” said Trujillo.  “I expect a few birdies to come their way tomorrow (Wednesday). “

Trujillo said her team goal for the final 18 holes is an obvious one:  cut some more strokes off the Lobos’ team total.  The Lobo coach is hoping for her team to shoot below 300, somewhere in the low 290s.

“When you are coming from behind, you have to have something to shoot for,” said Trujillo.  “We have had two players do their job on the first two rounds and now we need two of the other three to shoot around 75.”

At their last tournament, the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite, UNM cut 12 shots off its team total in the final round going from 300 to 288.  A few teams made deep slices into their team score on Tuesday.  USC went from 398 to 281 and ASU went from 295 to 284.  UNLV  went from 304 to 294 and are 12 shots ahead of UNM heading into the final round. 

New Mexico Lobos' 36-hole Team Card

No. 10 New Mexico Lobos 306 304 610 +34
Tie - 12th Manon De Roey 73 72 145 +1
Tie - 12th Sammi Stevens 73 72 145 +1
Tie - 48th Manon Molle 78 77 155 +11
Tie - 82nd Sofia Hoglund 82 83 165 +21
92nd Katerina Jaeger 96 85 181 +37