WAHIAWA, Hawai’i – It was a thrilling final round for the New Mexico State women’s golf team on Thursday at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational being played at the par-72, 6,228-yard Leilehua Golf Course. The rollercoaster day saw the Aggies grab a three-stroke lead midway through the round, sit in a three-way tie for the lead with four holes left and finally fall one shot short of the title, finishing in a tie for second at 39-over-par 903 (305-296-302).
NM State’s 14-over on the final day meant a tie with host Hawai’i, one shot behind the eventual tournament champion Sacramento State who finished at 38-over-par 902 (299-303-300).
For the second-consecutive day one of the Macias sisters shot her first-career round under par for the Aggies. Wednesday’s round saw sophomore Viviana shoot a career-low 1-under 71, Thursday younger sister and Aggie freshman Valeria matched her sister’s 1-under during the final round.
Valeria finished with a total score of 6-over 222 (74-77-71), good enough for sole possession of third place, three shots behind Charlotte Jaengkit of Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona’s Kaitlen Parsons who both finished at 3-over 219. Jaengkit won the championship in a two-hole playoff.
Viviana was right behind her younger sibling, finishing with five other golfers in a tie for fourth. The older Macias carded a 2-over 74 on Thursday to finish with a total score of 9-over-par 225 (79-71-74).
Rounding out the NM State squad were junior Paige Darwin who finished in a tie for 25th place with a total score of 14-over 230 (77-73-80), sophomore Kacey Dalpes who carded a 16-over 232 (75-79-78) to finish in 29th place and junior Laura Barron who finished in a tie for 30th place at 17-over 233 (79-75-79).
The Rainbow Wahine Invite concludes the fall schedule for the Aggie women’s golf team. The squad will now focus on preparing for their spring schedule which begins in February with a trip to Texas to play in the Jim West Classic hosted by Texas State.