TARZANA, Calif. (Mar. 5) - The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded play on Tuesday at the Bruin-Wave Invitational, being played at the par 72, 6,131-yards El Caballero Country Club. The Aggies finished the tournament in 15th place with a final score of 134-over-par 998 (348-326-324).
NM State finished with their best round of the tournament during the final day, a 36-over-par 324. It is the second time this season that the Aggies have improved on their score after each round of a tournament.
Youth was well-served for NM State in California as the Aggies were led by the two freshmen on the team, Kacey Dalpes and Viviana Macias.
Dalpes finished in a team-high tie for 54th with a total score of 29-over-par 245 (82-84-79). She also shot the low round of the day on Tuesday for the Aggies, a 7-over-par 79. This is the fifth time in seven tournaments this season that Dalpes has been the top finisher for NM State.
Macias, playing in only her second tournament for NM State, finished a couple of shots behind Dalpes with a total score of 31-over-par 247 (79-80-88) and in a tie for 60th place. Although her final-round score of 16-over-par 88 was her worst of the tournament, Macias did have the best round of her young Aggie career during round one, shooting a 7-over 79. She then followed that with her second-best round in round two, an 8-over 80.
Junior Amelie Buhl finished in 74th place with a total score of 40-over-par 256 (95-79-82). Buhl's second-round score of 7-over 79 tied her with Dalpes and Macias for NM State's best round of the tournament. Meanwhile, sophomore Laura Barron shot an 8-over-par 80 during Tuesday's final round to finish with total score of 46-over-par 262 (92-90-80) and in 76th place. Barron was the only Aggie golfer to duplicate the NM State team and improve on her score after each round of the tournament.
Sophomore Paige Darwin had consecutive rounds shooting 11-over-par 83 during the final two rounds of the tournament. Unfortunately for Darwin, her first-round score was disqualified after a discrepancy was found on her scorecard.
Overall, the team title came down to the two most recognized universities of the Los Angeles area. In the end USC, the No. 1-ranked team in the country according to golfstat.com, took home its second Bruin-Wave championship. The Trojans had a seven-stroke lead over their rivals UCLA after the first round, but watched the Bruins storm back in round two and take an eight-shot lead heading into the final round.
USC, however, made a comeback of its own on Tuesday and finished with a total-team score of 20-over-par 884 (290-301-293), two shots ahead of the Bruins who finished at 22-over-par 886 (297-286-303).
USC also took home the individual crown and in much the same fashion. Trojan Annie Park saw her first-round lead dissipate to UCLA's Lee Lopez after the second round. While Lopez struggled on Tuesday, however, Park shot a 1-under 71 in the final round and finished the tournament as the individual winner at 1-under-par 215 (68-76-71). Park was the only golfer to finish the tournament under par.
Pepperdine's Marissa Chow and UCLA's Tiffany Lua finished four shots back and in a tie for second at 3-over-par 219. Lopez's struggles dropped her all the way to fifth, six strokes behind Park.
NM State now looks forward to participating in its final two tournaments of the 2012-13 season before heading to the WAC Championships in Arizona. The Aggies next tournament will be Mar. 18-19, when the team travels to St. George, Utah, to be part of the BYU at Entrada Classic hosted by Brigham Young University.
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