WAHIAWA, Hawai'i (Oct. 31, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded play at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i, on Wednesday with a total-team score of 82-over-par 946 (315-317-314) and an 11th place overall finish.
The Aggies shot their best round of the tournament on Wednesday, a 26-over-par 314.
NM State was led by senior Aileen Meredith who shot a 5-over-par 77 during the final round and finished in a tie for 16th with a total score of 11-over-par 227 (78-72-77). Meredith had the low score for the Aggies in both the second and final round. Her even par second-round score matched a season low for Meredith. She also had seven birdies throughout the tournament to lead NM State.
This is the fourth-consecutive tournament an Aggie golfer finishes inside the top 20. The streak began when Meredith finished in a tie for 11th at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Classsic in Kansas (Sept. 25). Freshman Kacey Dalpes then proceeded to finish in a tie for seventh at NM State's home tournament, the Price's "Give Em' Five" Intercollegiate (Oct. 10), and in a tie for ninth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Las Vegas (Oct. 23) before Meredith's finish on Wednesday.
After being three shots behind leader following the first round, Dalpes finished the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in a tie for 38th with a total score of 17-over-par 233 (74-81-78).
Rounding out the Aggie team was sophomore Laura Barron who finished in 59th place with a total score of 25-over-par 241 (81-81-79), junior Amelie Buhl who finished with a 29-over-par 245 (82-83-80) and in 62nd place and sophomore Paige Darwin who finished in 68th place with a total score of 42-over-par 258 (87-84-87).
Florida International, which had a five-shot lead after round one and was tied for the lead with Toledo after round two, shot a 12-over-par 300 during the final round to win the team title by two strokes over Toledo. Florida International finished the tournament with total-team score of 31-over-par 895 (294-301-300) while Toledo finished with a 33-over-par 897 (299-296-302). Washington State finished the first round in third place and stayed at that position all the way through the tournament, finishing with a 34-over-par 898 (301-296-301).
Individually, Florida International's Shelby Coyle and Eastern Michigan's Sarah Johnson, both of whom were one shot behind leader Kristen Rue of Washington State after round two, went into a sudden-death playoff after finishing the tournament tied atop the leader board at 2-over-par 218. Coyle won the playoff and tournament on the first playoff hole by sinking a 15-foot birdie. Alex Alang of Memphis, who was also tied for second with Coyle and Johnson after two rounds, rounded out the top three with a 3-over-par 219. Second-round leader Rue shot a 6-over-par final round and finished in a tie for sixth at 6-over-par 222.
The Rainbow Wahine Invitational concludes the fall season for NM State. The Aggies now look forward to the start of the spring schedule with the Folino Invitational hosted by Cal-State Fullerton beginning Feb. 17, 2013. The Folino Invitational is one of five tournaments on the NM State spring schedule which will conclude with the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Mesa, Ariz., during the final week of April.
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