The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded play in the Bruin-Wave Invitational at El Caballero Country Club Course on Tuesday finishing 12th out of 15 teams, moving up one spot from their first-day finish.
The Aggies total score of 975 was heavily aided by a strong finish from sophomore Demi Mak who finished the day with a 2-over-par 74, tying her for the overall low score of the round. Mak, who was tied for 25th heading into the final round, finished the tournament tied with three other golfers for 11th with an overall score of 229.
Mak was the only Aggie golfer to post scores in the 70s in all three rounds. She finished with a total of six birdies, which is made more impressive when you consider she had no birdies in the first round. She finished her final round on Tuesday with four birdies, including two on her final nine holes where she shot a 1-under-par 35. Mak's round of 74 was only matched by Ani Gulugian, a top 50 golfer from UCLA, who also finished tied for 11th along with Mak.
Unfortunately, while Mak was moving up the leaderboard her teammate was heading the opposite way. NM State sophomore Mieke Canan finished the first day of play as the Aggie score leader and was tied for 19th overall. Her final round, however, didn't go as planned. Canan finished her final round with an 89, her highest score of the tournament. Her round included nine bogeys and four double bogeys. While Canan had a total of four birdies in the first two rounds, she had none in her final round. Canan finished with a total score 243, placing her in a tie for 46th.
As for the rest of the Aggie golfers, senior Ashley Elias finished tied for 60th with a total score of 251, freshman Laura Barron finished tied for 69th with a total score of 256, sophomore Amelie Buhl finished 78th with a total score of 269 and sophomore Lindsay Reeve, who was playing as an individual, finished 80th with a total score of 281.
Overall, the tournament championship came down to three top 25 teams, co-hosts Pepperdine University and UCLA, and Oklahoma State University. After the first two rounds Pepperdine had an 11-stroke lead over Oklahoma State and a 15-stroke lead over UCLA. The Bruins, however, made a dramatic final-round charge on Tuesday posting a final round score of 302. Although they drastically cut into their 15-stroke deficit, it wasn't enough and their total score of 905 fell two strokes shy of the lead. Pepperdine went on to win the tournament with a total score of 903.
San Diego State's Christine Wong won the individual title while holding off a couple of Pepperdine golfers and a UCLA golfer. Wong's total score of 219 was four strokes better than Pepperdine's Alina Ching and five strokes ahead of UCLA's Erynne Lee and Pepperdine's Grace Na.
NM State now heads to St. George, Utah, to play in the BYU at Entrada Classic hosted by the Brigham Young University women's golf team, who coincidentally finished right behind the Aggies at the Bruin-Wave Invitational in 13th place. The tournament is scheduled for March 19-20.