LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For the 14th consecutive season the New Mexico State University women’s golf team is hosting the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.
The three-round tournament will begin on Monday, Oct. 7, and run through Wednesday, Oct. 9, with one 18-hole round being played on each day. The course will play at par 72, 6,258 yards and each round will begin at 8:30 a.m. (MT) with a shotgun start.
Joining NM State as part of the 14-team field are: I-10 rival UTEP, North Texas, Nevada, Boise State, Brigham Young University, Cincinnati, Cal-State Fullerton, Tulsa, Portland State, UC-Irvine, Wyoming and fellow WAC members Idaho and Utah Valley.
“We are honored to have 13 premier teams visiting the NM State Golf Course to compete in our annual home tournament,” head coach Jackie Booth said. “Our golf course is in great shape and will be a showcase for the incoming golfers.”
This will be the third tournament of the fall schedule for the young Aggies who have only two juniors and one senior on the roster. The team kicked off the season in impressive fashion, finishing third out of 13 teams at the Hobble Creek Invitational in Utah (Sept. 9-10). NM State followed that up with a trip to Kansas two weeks later and an eighth-place finish at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational (Sept. 23-24).
“Our team is young, but very talented and excited for the challenge,” Booth said.
The Aggie squad will be in full force in Las Cruces as all eight NM State golfers will participate, five as part of the team competition and three playing as individuals.
The five-player team will be comprised of freshmen Valeria Macias, Camille Orito and Kristen Cline, sophomore Kacey Dalpes and junior Laura Barron. Sophomore Viviana Macias, junior Paige Darwin and senior Amelie Buhl will play as individuals.
Among the Aggies playing in the team competition, Dalpes, Barron and Macias have played in both tournaments so far this season. Dalpes started off the season at the Hobble Creek Invite by shooting a 1-over 72 in the final round, finishing with a total score of 12-over 225 and in a tie for ninth, all season highs for NM State. Barron and Macias also finished in the top 25 at Hobble Creek, Barron in a tie for 24th and Macias in a tie for 21st.
Orito participated in the Sunflower Invite, her first tournament as an Aggie, finishing it a tie for 40th place. Socorro, N.M. native Cline, meanwhile, is making her season and career debut for the Aggies.
Among individual players, Buhl, like Cline, is making her first appearance for NM State this season. Macias has played in both tournaments thus far this season, finishing in a tie for 21st and a tie for 26th, while Darwin participated in the Hobble Creek Invite and finished in a career-high tie for 18th.
The Aggies won the inaugural Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate in 2000 and have won the tournament on two other occasions (2006, 2010). NM State has hosted a women’s golf tournament since 1984. Before 2000, the tournament was known as the Diet Coke-Roadrunner Invitational.
NM State had its most productive tournament of the 2012-13 season during last year’s Price’s “Give ‘Em Five.” The Aggies shot a season-low 11-over-par 299 during the first round of the tournament and finished with a total-team score of 41-over 905, also a season’s best. The team was paced by then-freshman Dalpes, who finished in a tie for seventh, had a total score of 3-over 219 and shot a round of 2-under 70 in round one, all still career best.
Overall, the 2012 edition of the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” was dominated by the team from Kansas. The Jayhawks cruised to a 10-stroke victory over Washington State with a total-team score of 7-over-par 871. Kansas golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn also took home the individual title by finishing at 3-under 213, three strokes better than Kaitlyn Oster of Idaho.
Fans are encouraged to take time to come out and see golf played at a top-collegiate level for free. Fans can also follow the action live with live scoring at www.golfstat.com or visit www.NMStateSports.com after each day’s round for a complete recap of team and individual results.
“I would personally invite everyone to come out and watch the future LPGA professionals compete,” Booth said. “The tournament admission is free and we would love to have some local support.”