LAWRENCE, Kan. (Sept. 24)-The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded the first two rounds of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational, being played at the par 72, 6,636-yards Alvamar Golf Course, with a two-round score of 74-over-par 650 to place them in 11th place going into the final round.
The Aggies began the day by shooting a 36-over-par 324 in the first round placing them in ninth place after 18 holes. They followed the morning round with a 38-over-par 326 in the second round.
Individually, all five NM State golfers were separated by only four shots after the first round. Senior Aileen Meredith and Freshman Kacey Dalpes both shot an 8-over-par 80 in round one to lead the Aggies. They finished the first round tied for 24th with six other golfers. Senior Marisa Bautista was one shot behind with a 9-over-par 81 while junior Amelie Buhl finished with an 11-over-par 83 and sophomore Laura Barron finished with a 12-over-par 84.
Meredith matched her first round 80 during the second round to finish with a two-round total 16-over-par 160 which places her in a tie for 29th after two rounds. Dalpes shot a 10-over-par 82 in round two and is tied for 37th with a two-round score of 162. Barron, who was the only Aggie golfer to improve on her first-round score, is tied for 46th heading into the final round after finishing with a two-round score of 20-over-par 164 (84-80). Bautista is one shot behind Barron with a 21-over-par 165 (81-84) and is tied for 49th while Buhl finished the first two rounds in 58th with a two-round score of 25-over-par 169 (83-86).
Host school Kansas, which held a two-stroke lead after the first round, will enter the final round with a commanding 16-stroke lead over Arkansas State after finishing the first two rounds with a total score of 25-over-par 601. Kansas' second-round score of 298 is the only team score under 300 in either of the first two rounds.
Individually, Kansas golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn was the leader after the first round, shooting a 1-over-par 73. Four golfers were one shot back of Kawinpakorn after round one, including Arkansas State's Abigail Laker.
After the second round, however, Laker took the lead shooting a 3-under-par 69 to give her a total score of 1-under-par 143 (74-69). Laker is the only golfer to shoot a round under par after the first two rounds and her total score is the only total score under par. Kawinpakorn matched her first round score of 73 and has a total score of 2-over-par 146 (73-73), placing her in second place, three shots behind Laker heading into the final round.
The final round will be played on Tuesday with a staggered shotgun format beginning at 7 a.m. (MT). For a recap of the tournament and final team and individual results log on to NMStateSports.com.