MESA, Ariz. (April 24, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team dropped to fifth place after shooting a team score of 310 on day two of the Club Glove Western Athletic Conference women's golf championship at the 6,163 yard, par-72 Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Three-time defending champion San Jose State now has a 14-stroke lead after replicating yesterday's score with another 291 on Tuesday.
Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro began the day tied for second, but moved into first with a 1-under par 71 in round two. Her score of 3-under (70-71--141), coupled with Charlee Kapiioho of Hawai'i, the first round leader, carding a 7-over 79, places Mortellaro alone in first place. She has never finished out of the top three in a WAC champoionship.
Tied for second, at even par, are a pair of San Jose State Spartans. Madeleine Ziegert (70-74--144), who began the second round tied with Mortellaro, and Kathleen Rojas (75-69--144), who shot 3-under to move out of a tie for 10th place, are three shots back. Mortellaro, Rojas and Ziegert are the only three golfers even or below par for the first two rounds, which have seen temperatures reach triple digits.
NM State's junior Aileen Meredith came into the day tied for second on the leader board but fell to a tie for seventh as she now has a 3-over-par 147 (70-77). Sophomore Demi Mak tallied three birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars to finish the day at even par and is tied with Meredith for seventh place with a 3-over-par 147 (75-72).
Senior Ashley Elias is tied for 21st with a 159 (76-83) and sophomore Ameli Buhl is in 21th with a 160 (81-79). Sophomore Lindsay Reeve rounds out the Aggie lineup with a 165 (83-82), in 27th.
Idaho (301-295--596) shot seven strokes better than on Monday, making the move from third place into second. Fresno State (305-297--602) had the biggest jump of the day, moving from fifth to third on the strength of an eight-stroke improvement from Monday. Hawai'i (299-307--606) fell from second to fourth. New Mexico State (302-310--612) and Nevada (319-312--631) sit in fifth and sixth, respectively.
The three-day tournament concludes on Wednesday with final-round tee times beginning at 8:30a.m. (MT)