Stevens Tied for 8th, Lobos 10th at Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational
Sept. 17, 2012
The University of New Mexico used a strong second round to move into 10th place after two rounds of the 33rd Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course (par 73, 6,192 yards) .
After shooting a 309 in the first round and mired in 14th place in the 17-team field, the Lobos carded a 4-over 296 in the afternoon for a 36-hole total of 605.
The Lobos enter Tuesday's final round 17 shots behind leader UNLV. The Rebels fired a 4-over 588, two shots better than Ohio State (590) and three strokes ahead of Iowa State (591). Defending team champion and 20th-ranked Baylor is fourth at 592. The top eight teams are separated by just eight shots.
"The first round was really a setback," said New Mexico head coach Jill Trujillo. "Hopefully, we can finish strong just like we did today."
The final round begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Live scoring is available at Golftstat.com.
The Lobos were led by junior Sammi Stevens, who is tied for eighth at even par 146 (76-70). Three straight birdies on holes four through six fueled Stevens' 3-under total in round two. She finished third at last year's tournament.
Stevens trails Colorado's Jennifer Coleman by six shots. Coleman is at 6 under 140 (70-70), two shots in front of Grace Na (142) from Pepperdine. Ohio State's Rachel Rohanna is a stroke back at 143.
New Mexico junior Manon De Roey, who won last week's Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Windsor, Colo., is tied for 14th at 147 (75-72). De Roey's highlight came during the second round when she holed out from 130 yards for an eagle 2 on the par 4 seventh hole.
UNM junior Sofia Hoglund, the defending individual champion of the McGuire Invitational, shot 155 (78-77) and is tied for 55th.
UNLV's Mayko Chwen Wang shot 68 in the morning, tying a tournament record for the first round.