UNM 17 shots behind first-place Fresno State
Lone Lobo senior thinks an exceptional effort could produce a Mountain West title
Second award of the spring for Lobo junior
Junior ties for best finish as a Lobo
Lobo junior ties career-low round of 69
In the starting lineup her first two years at UNM...has the game to be among the best players in the Mountain West...could challenge to be the Lobos' No. 1 player...consistency is her strength...11th all-time at UNM with a 76.28 stroke average in 61 career rounds...2012 Mountain West academic all-conference and Scholar Athlete Awar winner...has a 3.58 cumulative GPA, majoring in Political Science.
SOPHOMORE (2011-12): 1st team all-Mountain West selection...76.23 scoring average, playing in 30 rounds/10 tournaments...a 75.08 scoring average in four fall tournaments and 77.00 in the spring...shot a season-low 70 on two occasions, in the 2nd round of the Windy City Collegiate at the Glen View Club in October that led to an 11th-place finish (5 over 221), and in the 2nd round of the PING/ASU Invitational at the Karsten Course in Tempe in late March...shot par 73 (2 birdies, 2 bogeys) in the final round of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational to finish in 3rd place (1-under 218, 74-71-73)...she set UNM personal bests for best finish and lowest 54-hole total...her final swing of the 2nd round produced an eagle 2 on the par-4 4th (7 iron from 147 yards)...finished 10th at the MWC Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz./Wigwam Resort Gold Course...UNM's top finisher at the NCAA West Regional at Colorado National, tying for 45th at 9-over 225 (72-77-76).
FRESHMAN (2010-11): Second on the team with a 76.32 scoring average playing in all 31 rounds...15th nationally in sand saves (46.3%) and 26th in fairways hits (86.0%)...UNM's top finisher in four tournaments: Tied for 29th at the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire in Albuquerque at 7-over 226, shooting a 72 (1-under) in the final round on the UNM Championship Course; tied for 17th (10-over 226) at the Arizona Invitational (Vistoso GC) in Tucson; tied for 44th (15-over 231) at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego; and tied for 9th at the MWC Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz. (Wigwam Heritage GC) with a career-low 219 (77-69-73)...the 2nd-round 69 was bogey free, and she became the first Lobo freshman to break 70 since Rebecca Hellbom shot a 69 in the 1st round of the 2008 Kent Youel Invitational in Honolulu...at the MWC Championships, Stevens played 26 consecutive holes without a bogey before making a 5 on the par-4 7th in the final round...shot 71 (1-under) in the first round of the Arizona Invitational (Vistoso GC).
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time team MVP and district champ, and two-time state qualifier at Hereford (Texas) High...played for head coach Kevin Collins...graduated in top 5% and Top 10 of her class...also "A" Honor Roll all four years...completed her senior year of high school at The Pendleton School, a college prepatory school in Bradenton, Fla...won two tournaments during the summer of 2010: the Albuquerque Women's City Amateur Golf Championship by 13 shots at 1-under 215 (74-69-72) at the Santa Ana Golf Club...also claimed the Texas Oklahoma Junior title for the second straight year, besting the 61-player field with a resounding 21-stroke win...Stevens carded a 10-under 277 (69-67-72-69) on three different courses in Wichita Falls, Texas...also took medalist honors at the HJGT championship, Tiger Point Championship, U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier and the Lake Jovita Classic.
PERSONAL: Born April 30, 1992, in Amarillo, Texas...full name is Samantha Jo Stevens...daughter of Jerry and Linda Stevens...hobbies include basketball, mountain biking and dirt biking...older brother, Jay, played golf at West Texas A&M from 2006-08.