UTEP & NMSU Golfers Continue To Struggle
The UTEP women’s golf team remained in 24th place after the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional concluded at the Washington National Golf Club Friday evening.
The Miners registered a score of 324, bringing their two-day total to 645 (321-345). Top-ranked Southern California paces the 24-team field (288-284-572) heading into the final round on Saturday.
UTEP’s Ana Pastor owns a share of 63rd place (75-81-156) while Teresa Nogues fired a team-best 78 in the second round to climb up into a tie for 102nd (83-78-161). Rosana Gomez is deadlocked for 113th (81-82-163). Shang Huang checks in tied for 118th (82-83-165) and Emma Edin is alone in125th (88-91-179).
This is the initial appearance for the Miners, the 2011 Conference USA Championship, at the regional tournament. The final round of the event will be held on Saturday and live score updates will be available at www.golfstat.com
The New Mexico State women's golf team shot four strokes better than in round one, carding a 314 to tie for 22nd at the NCAA West Regional Tournament, which is being played on the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.
NM State is tied with Oral Roberts with a two-day score of 634 (319-315), while WAC member WAC member San Jose State is in 21st with a 631 and in-state rival UNM is in 20th with a 628. I-10 rival UTEP is at the bottom of the of the 24-team leader board. In two rounds of play the Miners have posted a 645 on the par-72, 6,266 yard course.
Leading the way for is senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai. She carded an 81 in day two and is 13-over-par in two rounds of play to tie for 73rd on the individual leader board, while fellow senior Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto improved her play by four stokes to finish day two with a 78. She is tied for 94th place with a two-round score of 160 (82-78).
Freshman Mieke Canan also improved her play from day one to day two by four strokes as she came in with a 78 and now has a two-round score of 162 (83-79). Senior Buz Bowerman-Ritchie finshed her day with an 86 and is now at 164 (78-86) in two-days play. Freshman Demi Mak shot nine stokes better in the second day of play carding an eagle and two birdies in the round.
"A few of our players are nursing some soreness but if we come out and do what we are capable of doing tomorrow we should be ok," head coach Paul Brilliant said.
USC still leads the field and is the only team under par.
The top eight teams move on to the NCAA Championships in Bryan, Texas, May 18-21. The final day of play at the NCAA West Regional Tournament starts at approximately 9:00 a.m. (MT) with live scoring available through GolfStat.com.