LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 21) - The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown hosted by UNLV on Sunday in a 10th place tie out of the 18-team field.
The Aggies shot a 22-over-par 310 during the first day of competition to put them in a tie with Missouri, a top 50 team according to Golfstat.com rankings.
Leading the way for the NM State team in the Nevada desert are a familiar, and a not-so-familiar golfer. Freshman Kacey Dalpes and junior Mieke Canan both finished the day with a 4-over-par 76 to lead the Aggies. Dalpes has consistently been among the top NM State finishers after each round all season. Canan, on the other hand, is competing in only her second tournament of the season and first as a part of the Aggie team. That didn't stop her, however, from shooting her personal low round of the season and leading NM State with three birdies during the first round of play. Dalpes and Canan finished in a tie for 29th along with nine other golfers.
Senior Aileen Meredith and sophomore Laura Barron are a few shots behind Dalpes and Canan. Both finished with a 7-over-par 79 on the day and are in a group of six golfers that are tied for 56th place. Junior Amelie Buhl, meanwhile, finished in 95th place with a 15-over-par 87.
Overall, the tournament is being led by the Big 10 schools participating, which hold the top four positions. Indiana leads the way, shooting a team score of 4-over-par 292, one shot better than Wisconsin who finished at 5-over-par 293. Minnesota sits in third with an 11-over-par 299, while Penn State, which has been the Big 10's strongest school to date, finished in a tie for fourth with San Diego State at 12-under-par 300.
Individually, Indiana's Elizabeth Tong is the leader at the conclusion of the first round after shooting a 2-under-par 70. Ally McDonald of Mississippi State is one shot back with a 1-under-par 71. Tong and McDonald are the only golfers to shoot under par on the day. There are four players tied for third at even par.
The tournament continues with the second round on Monday (Oct. 22) and the final round on Tuesday (Oct. 23). Tuesday's round will begin at 7:30 a.m. (MT), while the final round will have a 7:45 a.m. (MT) shotgun start.
Remember to keep logging on to NMStateSports.com for a recap of each day's individual and team results or log on to Golfstat.com to follow the action live with live scoring all day.