New Mexico Lobos Women’s Golf – Silverado Showdown – Napa, Calif.
Top Four Teams (Final): 1. Washington 289-292-280 – 861. 2. Southern California 295-287-292 – 874. 3. Northwestern 291-294-291 – 876. 4. Oregon State 295-288-300 – 883.
Top Five Individuals (Final): 1.SooBin Kim, Washington, 68-71-68 – 207 (-9). 2. Lindsey Weaver, Arizona, 69-67-72 – 208 (-8). 3. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado, 74-68-68 – 210 (-6). 4. Regan De Guzman, San Jose State, 67-71-73 – 211 (-5). 5. Manon De Roey, New Mexico, 74-69-71 – 214 (-2).
The Lobos: Manon De Roey 74-69-71 – 214; Manon Molle' 74-70-78 – 222; Sammi Stevens 82-76-76 – 234; Eva Saulnier 85-76-82 – 243; Dea Mahendra 88-80-78 – 246.
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
OK, the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif., is not the Mountain West Championships. The course at Rancho Mirage, Calif., will be different. The field will be condensed and focused.
For sure, the pressure will be greater when there are league bragging rights on the line.
But you have to like the statement thrown out by New Mexico’s Manon De Roey at the 54-hole, two-day Silverado. The Lobo senior appears ready to defend her 2013 MW title.
“I feel good about my game,” said De Roey. “I feel comfortable. Now, I just have to roll in a few more putts.”
De Roey was the only Mountain West golfer to crack par on the two final rounds at the Silverado Showdown and her sizzling card of 74-69-71—214 left her at 2-under for the 54-hole event – good for the No. 5 spot.
“A really solid performance by Manon today,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo. “She really held it together today (Tuesday).”
De Roey played her final 36 holes at 4-under, but the scores came from two different styles of play. De Roey fired a 69 on Monday’s second 18 tossing out seven birdies against four bogeys. On Tuesday the UNM senior did not card a single birdie, but had an eagle three, one bogey and 16 pars.
San Jose State’s Regan De Guzman (211) was three shots better than De Roey and claimed the No. 4 spot in this star-studded field which makes the individual chase at the MW finale appear to be just as intriguing as the team chase.
De Roey and De Guzman were the top MW golfers in Napa, Calif., on Monday and Tuesday, but you can’t discount Lobos Sammi Stevens or Manon Molle', UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein or Rebels Mayko Chwen Wang and Demi Mak, or Fresno State’s Madchen Ly or San Diego State’s Emma Henrikson or Sirene Blair.
Or maybe even Fresno’s Hannah Sodersten or Bulldog Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir or maybe San Jose State’s My Leander.
It seems like more than a few golfers and teams are saving their best for last.
The odds are that the 2014 Mountain West champion will come out of this talented pack and maybe now the favorites’ list jumps to four: De Guzman, De Roey, Finkelstein and Stevens.
The team chase becomes cloudier, too.
San Jose State threw out the best Silverado Showdown team score of the five Mountain West competitors at 894. UNLV was next at 903 followed by Fresno State at 905, New Mexico at 909 and San Diego State at 929 – last in the 15-team field.
The last-place finish by SDSU was somewhat of a surprise, but so is the emergence of Fresno State as a MW contender. The ‘Dogs are coming on.
New Mexico had the low round of the MW teams with a sizzling 291, but packaged that hot card around Monday’s first-round 315 and Tuesday’s final round of 303. The Lobos finished 12th in the pack with the win going to Washington by a somewhat surprising 13-strokes over No. 1 ranked Southern California.
Washington ripped the Silverado Resort’s North course with a 280 over the final 18 holes on Tuesday. It was the low round of the tournament. USC carded a 292 on Tuesday to total 874 and hold off Northwestern at 876.
Washington’s final-day team card read 68-70-71-74. SooBin Kim got the 68 and rallied to take individual honors over Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver, who closed with a 72 and lost by a shot to Kim. Colorado’s Jennifer Coleman came in third at 210, also finishing with a 68.
De Roey beat De Guzman over the final 36 holes by four shots, but De Guzman had a 7-shot lead after the first 18 holes.
The Lobos finished three shots behind Wisconsin and four shots behind Fresno State, but UNM beat Wisconsin by 12 shots over the final 36 holes and beat the Bulldogs by 15 shots over the final 36 holes. UNM was hurt by that 315 start.
“Overall, it was a pretty good day,” said Trujillo of UNM’s final-round 303. “I think we’re in good shape for the conference. We just need to keep the freshmen calm going into the final round.”
Trujillo’s lineup for the Mountain West championships isn’t yet cast in stone. She had two freshmen – Manon Molle' and Eva Saulnier – on the team card at the Silverado.
Molle' opened solid with a 74 and a 70, but faded a bit on Tuesday’s final 18 and came home with a 78. Saulnier went 85-76-82. Senior Dea Mahendra improved each round with a card of 88-80-78.