LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 23, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team wrapped up play at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown hosted by UNLV on Tuesday with a 16th place finish.
The Aggies finished the final round at the par 72, 6,261-yards Stallion Mountain Golf Club with a 22-over-par 310 giving them a final total score of 73-over-par 937 (310-317-310).
Freshman Kacey Dalpes once again led NM State in scoring and also had the highlight of the day, tournament and season for the Aggies. Dalpes, who started play at the 10th hole, shot 3-under-par during her back-nine holes to finish the day with a 2-under-par 70, equaling her personal and team-best round of the season.
Included in the 3-under back nine was an eagle conversion at the par-5 second hole, Dalpes 11th hole of the day. After reaching the edge of the green with her second shot, Dalpes chipped her third shot 20 yards across the green and straight into the cup. It was the Aggie squad's first eagle of the season.
Dalpes finished with a three-round total score of 6-over-par 222 (76-76-70) to finish in a tie for ninth place along with four other golfers. It is her second-consecutive top 10 finish on the young season as Dalpes finished in a tie for seventh at NM State's home tournament, the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate.
Junior Mieke Canan also had an impressive showing during her first tournament as part of the Aggie team. Canan finished in a tie for 59th with a total score of 19-over-par 235 (76-80-79). She bettered her total score from the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate, where she participated as an individual, by six strokes and her first round score of 4-over-par 76 was a personal best on the season. Also, as in the first round, Canan led NM State in the final round with three birdies and her eight birdies throughout the tournament were also a team-best.
Rounding out the Aggie team were sophomore Laura Barron who finished in a tie for 82nd with a total score of 26-over-par 242 (79-79-84), senior Aileen Meredith who finished one shot behind Barron with a 27-over-par 243 (79-87-77) which put her in a tie for 84th and junior Amelie Buhl who finished in 95th place with a total score of 39-over-par 255 (87-82-86).
Overall, Indiana had a one-shot lead after the first round, fell back three shots from the lead and into third place after round two and then came back on Tuesday to take the tournament team title by three strokes. The Hoosiers finished with a total-team score of 30-over-par 894 (292-307-295) to win their second tournament of the fall season.
Central Florida, which came back from an 11-stroke deficit after round one to take the lead after the second round, ended up in second place with a total score of 33-over-par 897 (303-293-301). Host UNLV, meanwhile, didn't crack the top five during the first two rounds of its home tournament, but used a tournament-best score of 3-over-par 291 during the final round to finish in third place with a total score of 34-over-par 898 (302-305-291).
Individually, Indiana's Elizabeth Tong and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald shared the title with a total three-round score of 2-under-par 214. Tong (70-76-68), who was the leader after the first round, and McDonald (71-74-69) were both among the top three golfers from the start of the tournament and were never separated by more than one stroke. Although neither was leading after the second round, they both climbed to the top by shooting the two best rounds of the tournament during the final round, Tong a tournament-best 4-under-par 68 and McDonald one stroke behind with a 3-under-par 69.
Carmen Laguna of Minnesota and second-round leader Christina Vosters of Penn State finished in a tie for third at 3-over-par 219.
NM State now looks forward to finishing off their fall schedule by participating in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational hosted by the University of Hawai'i. The three-round tournament will begin with two rounds on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and conclude with the final round on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
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