TARZANA, Calif. (Mar. 4) - The New Mexico State women's golf team concluded its first two rounds of play at the Bruin-Wave Invitational, being played at the par 72, 6,131-yards El Caballero Country Club, on Monday. The Aggies finished with a two-round total score of 88-over-par 664 (338-326) which places them in 15th place.
Although NM State struggled during the first day of the tournament against some of the best collegiate teams in the country, there were a couple of bright spots for the Aggies during the first two rounds.
Leading the Aggie squad after two rounds is the team's newest member, Viviana Macias. The NM State freshman showed consistent play during the first couple of rounds, finishing with a 7-over-par 79 after round one and an 8-over-par 80 after the afternoon round. Macias shot 13 pars during the first round and added another 11 pars in round two. She finished in a tie for 38th after round one and will head into the final round with a total score of 15-over-par 159 and in a tie for 40th, highest among Aggie golfers.
After shooting a team-worse 23-over-par 95 in round one, Junior Amelie Buhl regrouped and came out strong during round two, shooting one of her best rounds of the season, a 7-over-par 79. The 16-shot turnaround was by far the best improvement from one round to the next for any NM State golfer this season. Her second-round score was the best of the afternoon round for the Aggies and tied her with Macias' first-round score for best Aggie round of the day. Buhl sits at 30-over-par 174 and in 77th place after two rounds.
As for the rest of the NM state golfers, freshman Kacey Dalpes will enter Tuesday's final round in a tie for 65th with a two-round score of 22-over-par 166 (82-84), sophomore Paige Darwin, playing in her first tournament of the spring schedule, sits at 24-over-par 168 (85-83) and in a tie for 71st, while fellow sophomore Laura Barron finished the first two rounds with a total score of 38-over-par 182 (92-90) and in 80th place.
The team leader board is headed by some of the best teams in the country. After two rounds, co-host UCLA, who is ranked No. 20 in the nation according to golfstat.com rankings, leads the pack with a total-team score of 7-over-par 583 (297-286). The Bruins head into the final round with an eight-shot lead over arch rival and No. 1-ranked USC who sits at 15-over-par 591 (290-301).
The Trojans were in a similar position as UCLA after round one, leading the Bruins by seven strokes. A combination, however, of USC shooting a 13-over-par during the second round and UCLA shooting a tournament-best 2-under-par during the round helped the Bruins turn the tables around on their rival.
The Arizona Wildcats, ranked No. 8 in the country, held the third-place spot throughout the first two rounds. They will enter the final round at 23-over-par 599 (305-294).
Individually, UCLA's Lee Lopez will enter the final round as the overall leader with a total score of 2-under-par 142 (72-70). Lopez holds a two-shot lead over first-round leader Annie Park of USC who sits at even par 144 (68-76) after two rounds. Marissa Chow of Pepperdine and UCLA's Louise Ridderstrom are tied for third at 1-over-par 145, three shots behind Lopez.
Lopez, who sat in fourth place and four shots behind Park after round one, will try to become the first two-time individual champion at the Bruin-Wave Invite as she took home the individual crown during the 2011 tournament. Her team will also try to accomplish the same feat as the Bruins also won the team title that same year.
The tournament concludes on Tuesday (Mar. 5) with a final 18-hole round. The round is set to start at 8:30 a.m. (MT). For final Aggie team and individual results log on to NMStateSports.com or follow the action live with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.