LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 6, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team wrapped up its fall schedule at the conclusion of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawai'i and now look forward to applying the fall experience to its spring schedule.
The Aggies competed in five tournaments during the fall semester and finished with a team-scoring average of 312.13 strokes per round.
The fall campaign for NM State started with the Colonel Wollenberg's Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State University (Sept. 10-11) played in Fort Collins, Colo. The Aggies finished in 17th place with a total score of 79-over-par 943. NM State's final-round score of 18-over-par 306 was its fifth-best round of the fall season.
During the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational, hosted by Kansas University held in Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 24-25), the Aggies would have their best finish of the fall, a tie for sixth place out of 13 teams. As in the Ram Classic, NM State would be aided by its final-round score. The Aggies shot a 13-over-par 301 during the final round. Not only was it the second-best round of the fall for NM State, it was also the lowest round by any team during the final round of the tournament. The Aggies would make a habit of shooting their lowest round during the final round of a tournament, as they accomplished it in four of the five fall tournaments.
NM State's best tournament of the fall schedule was its home tournament, the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate (Oct. 8-10). Although the Aggies' 11th place finish wasn't the best of the season, they did shoot three of their best rounds of the fall and their final score of 41-over-par 905 was a season-best. NM State began the tournament by shooting an 11-over-par 299 during the first round, also a season-best for a round. They followed the 299 with a 16-over-par 304 during round two, good for fourth-best round of the season, and a 14-over-par 302 during the final round, their third-best round of the fall.
After their home tournament, the Aggies traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown hosted by UNLV (Oct. 21-23) where the finished in 16th place with a final score of 73-over-par 937. They then concluded the fall schedule in Hawai'i at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational hosted by the University of Hawai'i (Oct. 30-31) where they shot an 82-over-par 946 and finished in 11th place.
Four Aggie golfers would go on to compete as part of the NM State team in all five tournaments, freshman Kacey Dalpes, sophomore Laura Barron, junior Amelie Buhl and senior Aileen Meredith. Throughout the fall season, the Aggies were led by the freshman-senior tandem of Dalpes and Meredith.
Dalpes finished the fall schedule with the NM State's best scoring average (75.93), best finish (tied for seventh), lowest total score (219) and lowest round (70), something she accomplished twice. She was the only Aggie golfer to have a round under par during the fall. Dalpes also led the team in birdies with a total of 25 and also had the only eagle for NM State during the fall schedule.
Dalpes began her rookie season at NM State with a tie for 30th finish at the Ram Classic, the best finish by an Aggie during the tournament, and a tie for 27th finish at the Sunflower Invitational. She then proceeded to have back-to-back top 10 finishes beginning with a tie for seventh at the Aggies' home tournament. Dalpes total score of 3-over-par 219 was a personal and team low for the season and was aided by a 2-under-par 70 during the first round. She matched her 2-under-par 70 during the final round of NM State's next tournament, the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, where she finished with a total score of 6-over-par 222 and in a tie for ninth. The highlight of the fall for Dalpes and NM State also came during the final round in Las Vegas where Dalpes sank a 20-foot eagle chip. Dalpes finished off the fall with a tie for 38th finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
Meredith finished right behind Dalpes with a 77.60 average score per round and 22 birdies on the season. She also had two top 20 finishes during the fall. The first came during the Sunflower Invitational, where she finished just out of the top 10 in 11th place. It was the best finish for an Aggie golfer during the tournament and was also a season-best for Meredith. She followed that up by shooting her best total score of the season at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" in Las Cruces. Meredith's 9-over-par 225 was aided by a final round score of even par 72, her low round of the fall. She finished the home tournament in a tie for 24th. After finishing in a tie for 84th in Las Vegas, Meredith finished the fall schedule strong with her second top 20 finish of the season, a tie for 16th place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. She once again shot a round at even par and was the Aggies' highest finisher.
Barron ended the fall season with a 79.87 average score and tied Meredith for second place on the Aggie squad with 22 birdies. Her best finish was a tie for 33rd at the Sunflower Invitational and her best total score came in Las Cruces where she shot a 13-over-par 229. Barron shot her season-low round of 4-over-par 76 a total of four times throughout the fall, including twice at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate.
Buhl, meanwhile, also had her best finish at the Sunflower Invitational, where she finished tied for 45th, and also had her best total score at NM State's home tournament, where she finished with a 16-over-par 232. She shot her low round of the season, a 3-over-par 75, once at the Sunflower Invitational and again in Las Cruces. Buhl finished the fall with an 81.67 average score and 14 total birdies.
The remaining four Aggie golfers all competed in two tournaments for NM State during the fall.
Junior Mieke Canan competed as an individual at the Aggies' home tournament and was a part of the NM State line up in Las Vegas where she had her best finish (tied for 59th), best total score (19-over-par 235) and best round (4-over-par 76). Canan finished the fall with an average score of 79.33 and her 13 birdies in two tournaments gave her a team-best average of 6.5 birdies per tournament.
Senior Marisa Bautista also competed as an individual in Las Cruces where she had her low round (7-over-par 79) and best total score (27-over-par 243) of the season. Her best finish, however, came at the Sunflower Invitational where Bautista was part of the NM State team. She finished the tournament in a tie for 52nd. Bautista finished the fall with an 81.50 scoring average.
Senior Cheryl Lo finished the season with an 83.17 scoring average. She was part of the Aggie team during NM State's first tournament of the season, the Ram Classic, where her final-round score of 7-over-par 79 was her season low. Lo also competed as an individual at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate where she had a season-best finish, tie for 74th and a season-best total score of 32-over-par 248.
Sophomore Paige Darwin was part of the Aggie team on two occasions during the fall. She participated at NM State's home tournament where she finished with a total score of 27-over-par 243, a personal best, and shot a first-round score 7-over-par 79, also a season low. Darwin was also part of the NM State squad at the Aggies' final fall tournament, the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, where she finished with a 42-over-par 258 and in 68th place, her best finish of the fall.
The Aggies now look forward to their spring schedule, which will also consist of five tournaments, beginning with the Folino Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton in February and concluding with the WAC Tournament Championship in Mesa, Ariz., in late April.Remember to keep logging on to NMStateSports.com for rosters, player and coach's bios, schedules, news releases and everything else concer