INDUSTRY HILLS, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2013) - The New Mexico State women's golf team moved up a spot from their second-round position to finish in 10th place on Tuesday at the Folino Invitational being played at the par 71, 6,067-yards Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms.
The Aggies shot their best round of the tournament during the final round, finishing with a 34-over-par 318 on the day.
Freshman Kacey Dalpes shot the low round of the day for NM State. She finished the final round with a 5-over-par 76, including two birdies on the day. Dalpes also had the best finish for the Aggies, finishing the three rounds with a total score of 18-over-par 231 (75-80-76). Dalpes finished just outside the top 10, ending up in a tie for 14th place with two other golfers.
Junior Amelie Buhl was one shot behind Dalpes during the final round, finishing the day with a 6-over-par 77. She finished the tournament with a 28-over-par 241 (86-78-77) total score. Buhl, who finished the first round in 61st place, moved 15 spots up the leader board after the second round and another 11 spots on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 35th. She is the only NM State golfer that improved on her score after each round of the tournament.
Rounding out the Aggie squad were senior Aileen Meredith who finished at 36-over-par 249 (88-79-82) and in a tie for 52nd, sophomore Laura Barron who ended up at 39-over-par 252 (78-89-85) and in 55th place and freshman Viviana Macias who birdied her last hole of the tournament to finish with a total score of 40-over-par 253 (81-89-83) and in a tie for 56th place.
Defending tournament champion Gonzaga led wire-to-wire to win their second consecutive Folino Invitational. The Bulldogs shot their best round of the tournament on Tuesday, an 11-over-par 295, to finish with a total team score of 50-over-par 902 (303-304-295).
Host Cal State Fullerton shot a 9-over-par 293 on Tuesday, the best round of the tournament for any team. It wasn't nearly enough, however, as Fullerton still finished 11 strokes behind Gonzaga and in second place at 61-over-par 913 (315-305-293).
Gonzaga also took home the individual crown. After finishing the first two rounds in second place and one shot behind the leader, Bulldog Raychelle Santos finally took over the lead on Tuesday by shooting a 1-under-par 70. Her final score of 5-over-par 218 (74-74-70) was good enough to win the tournament by one stroke over second-round leader Aram Choi of Portland State. Choi finished at 6-over-par 219 (75-72-72).
NM State now looks forward to returning to the Los Angeles area to participate in the Bruin-Wave Invitational hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine, Mar. 4-5.
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