FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Sept. 7) - The New Mexico State women's golf team kicks off its 2012-13 schedule on Monday, with the Colonel Bill Wollenberg's Ptarmigan Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State University.
The two-day tournament will be played Sept. 10-11 on the par 72, 6,302-yard Ptarmigan Country Club golf course in Fort Collins, Colo. The tournament will consist of three 18-hole rounds. The first two rounds will be played on Monday with a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MT). The final round will be played on Tuesday.
The Aggies will be part of a 17-team field that includes I-10 rival Texas-El Paso and in-state rival New Mexico. Also in the field are a couple of teams that finished last season in the Golfweek top 20 rankings; Colorado, who finished 11th, and Baylor, who finished 17th.
The tournament should also give NM State a good indication as to where they stand in the Western Athletic Conference as there will be four other WAC teams in the field. Joining the Aggies from the WAC are Nevada, Fresno State, Idaho and defending WAC champion San Jose State. Rounding off the field is host Colorado State, Illinois, Long Beach State, Louisville, Northern Colorado, Texas Tech, UNLV and Wyoming.
NM State begins a new era in women's golf as this will be the first season since 2005 that head coach Paul Brilliant will not be part of the Aggie golf program. Brilliant retired at the end of the 2011-12 season. The reigns are now handed over to Jackie Booth, who has been the co-head coach of the Aggies, along with Brilliant, for the past five years.
Booth is already starting to make her mark as NM State's head coach with the announcement of the five Aggie golfers which will be participating in the Ram Classic. Booth has chosen a fifth-year senior in Cheryl Lo, a senior in Aileen Meredith, a junior in Amelie Buhl, a sophomore in Laura Barron and a freshman in the two-time defending New Mexico high school state champion Kacey Dalpes. Of the five only Meredith competed in last year's Ram Classic finishing in 73rd with a three-round total score of 237 (80-78-79).
NM State has opened up its schedule with the Ram Classic, which was previously called the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, since the 2008-09 season. The Aggies' best finish in a Ram Classic came in 2009 when they finished tied for 11th. Last year NM State finished 15th out of 19 teams with a three-round total score of 925. UC-Davis won last year's tournament with a total score of 873.
Individually during last year's tournament, the Aggies were led by former NM State golfers Ashley Elias and Demi Mak. Elias finished tied for 33rd with a three-round total score of 226 (72-79-75). Her tournament was highlighted by eight birdies. Mak's tournament was a highlighted by a hole-in-one on the first day of the tournament. She finished right behind Elias with a 227 (73-77-77), tied for 38th.
For a recap of each day's team and individual results log on to NMStateSports.com or follow the action live with live scoring at GolfStat.com.