ST GEORGE, Utah (Mar. 19) - The New Mexico State women's golf team finished play at the BYU at Entrada Classic on Wednesday by shooting a 39-over-par 327 during the final round. The Aggies finished in 14th place with a total-team score of 95-over-par 959 (318-314-327).
NM State's two freshmen, Kacey Dalpes and Viviana Macias, both finished the tournament with a total score of 21-over-par 237 to lead the Aggie squad. Dalpes and Macias ended up in a tie for 45th place along with two other golfers.
Dalpes had the low round of the day for NM State on Tuesday, shooting a 4-over 76. She also had the highlight of the tournament for the Aggies when she holed a two-shot eagle during the second round. Dalpes also added five birdies to her scorecard throughout the tournament, including two during the final round.
Macias, meanwhile, had her best tournament in her brief career as an Aggie. She finished the Entrada Classic with her best total score (21-over 237), best round (75), best finish (T45) and led NM State with seven birdie conversions throughout the tournament, including two on the final day.
A couple of other Aggie golfers also finished tied at the conclusion of the tournament. Senior Aileen Meredith and junior Amelie Buhl both finished at 28-over-par 244, which placed them in a tie for 59th along with two other golfers.
Rounding out the NM State team was sophomore Paige Darwin who finished with a total score of 39-over-par 255, placing her in 75th place.
Overall, second-round leader Wisconsin held off fellow Big 10 member, Minnesota, to take the team championship. The Badgers finished with a total score of 24-over-par 888 (296-293-299), six shots ahead of the Golden Gophers who made a valiant comeback on Tuesday but ended up a little short with a total-team score of 30-over-par 894 (304-296-294).
Wisconsin also took the top two individual spots during the tournament. Badger Kimberly Dinh held a one-shot lead over her teammate, Kris Yoo, going into Tuesday's final round. Both golfers proceeded to shoot identical 2-over-par 74 scores in the final round, giving Dinh the championship by one stroke over her partner. Dinh finished at even par 216 while Yoo finished at 1-over 217.
The Aggies now look forward to participating in their final tournament of the season before heading to the WAC Championship in late April. NM State will be part of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic hosted by the University of Wyoming. The Cowgirl Classic will be played from Apr. 8-10 in Chandler, Ariz.
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