Story by Ana Campos for NM State Athletic Media Relations
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Oct. 11, 2013) – New Mexico State women’s golfer, and Alamogordo, N.M., native, Kacey Dalpes is only a sophomore and already has a list of accomplishments at NM State.
The Aggies hosted the three-day Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate this week. Dalpes finished in 33rd place while NM State finished in 10th place. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Dalpes finished the second round with a total score of 5-over-par 149 (70-79) and a tie for 26th place, but could not come back up on the final day of the tournament.
“The first day was a good day, everything was going great,” Dalpes said. “The second and third day were rough, so I really had to work for it”
Dalpes mentioned that she was her own biggest challenge both physically and mentally during this tournament.
Dalpes played golf all four years at Alamogordo High School in Alamogordo and was one of the most decorated golfers in the history of the high school. She came to NM State last year and instantly showed a lot of promise. Dalpes played all 10 tournaments and was the Aggies’ top finisher in eight of those tournaments. She finished the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in a tie for 21st place with a total score of 15-over-par 231.
Dalpes is only the fifth Aggie women’s golfer in the school’s history to hole two eagles in one season.
“Eagles are cool, I mean, it’s fun, it’s exciting, but I think being consistent in your score is more important,” Dalpes said.
The Aggies have played a total of three tournaments so far including the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate. At the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational, Dalpes finished one shot behind teammate Viviana Macias and in a tie for 32nd with a total score of 26-over-par 242 (78-78-86). She marked 1-over-par 72 in round three of the Hobble Creek Invitational and finished tied for ninth with a three-round score of 225 (78-75-72).
Dalpes is following in her sister’s footsteps, Kelli Dalpes, who also played for NM State. She was a letter winner from 2005-07 and is now a golf instructor in California. Their father is a golf course general manager, so the Dalpes sisters were destined to excel in golf.
“She is one of my idols,” said Kacey of her older sister, “I look up to her.”
Dalpes is very passionate about golf, she’s always playing on her free time. When not playing golf, she is involved in the BSU Christian Challenge on campus.
Dalpes is looking forward to NM State’s next tournament, the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawai’i, and also the conference tournament next spring.
“I want to be more consistent, I want to get some more top 10s, but what I really want is for us to do good as a team and get some wins if we can,” said Dalpes of this season’s goals.
The Aggies will travel to Hawai’i to compete at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational from Oct. 29-31.