NMSU's Mak Wins BYU Tournament in Utah
New Mexico State freshman Demi Mak won the 2011 BYU-Entrada Classic on the par-72, 6,073 yard Entrada at Snow Canyon Course, Tuesday, March 22.
Mak carded rounds of 74-74-70 for a 2-over-par 218. The 2-under-par 70 she carded in round three was a tournament low with only one other player carding a 70 in the three rounds of play. Mak is the first freshman Aggie player to win a tournament since Lehua Wise, who plays on the Futures Tour, won the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2004. Co-head coach Jackie Booth, who played golf at BYU enjoyed watching her team play on the Snow Canyon Course.
"It was fun to see it come together and to see Demi pick up the win today," Booth said. "It is cool to see the team get better every tournament and that golf course is always fun and challenging. " Mak finshed the tournament with eight birdies and 37 pars in 54 holes played. The 70 she carded in round three was a career-low.
"Yesterday was really brutal, cold and rainy. I had to keep it consistent and do what I could do on the course," Mak said. " I just tried to play hole-by-hole. Today's weather was so much better and I figured it wouldn't take too many stokes off my game."
The Aggies finished seventh as a team with a three round score of 928 and just two stokes behind Illinois, BYU and Texas-San Antonio, who tied for fourth. NM State carded a 299 in the final round, 15 strokes better than the second round. Wisconsin took home the team trophy with a 914 over three rounds.
"We did so much better as a team today and I see our team continuing to improving with each tournament played," Mak said.
Senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai finished in the top-20 with a 230 over three rounds, while marking an even par in the final day. Fellow seniors Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto and Buz Bowerman-Ritchie tied for 40 with scores of 240. Junior Ashley Elias, who was on the lineup for NM State this week, did not compete due to the flu.
Next up for NM State is the University of Wyoming Invitational in Chandler, Ariz. April 4-5.