LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s golf team travels to Tarzana, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, to compete at the Bruin-Wave Invitational hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine. The three-round tournament will be played Monday, March 3, and Tuesday, March 4.
There will be two rounds played on Monday with the final 18-hole round on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,173-yards El Caballero Country Club. Monday’s first round will begin with a 9 a.m. (MT) shotgun start while Tuesday’s round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start.
“El Caballero Country Club is a great test with small greens that have a lot of break,” Aggie head coach Jackie Booth said. “We will need to play smart and miss the ball in the right spots to be successful.”
Every year the Bruin-Wave is one of the toughest tournaments in the country to compete in. This year is no exception as the 17-team field is loaded with some of the best teams in the country, including Southern California, UCLA and Oklahoma State, which are ranked 1-2-3 in the nation by Golf World. USC and UCLA are also the top two teams according to Golfstat rankings.
In all, there will be six teams competing that are ranked in the top 20 nationally by at least one poll. Joining the Aggies in Tarzana is: Pepperdine, UCLA, Arizona, BYU, California, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Long Beach State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UNC Wilmington, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
“This will be a talented field with some of the west coast’s best teams playing including UCLA, USC, Washington, Cal, UNLV and many other great teams,” Booth said. “It is a challenge we are looking forward to.”
The five golfers traveling to California for NM State are freshmen Valeria Macias and California native Camille Orito, sophomore Kacey Dalpes and juniors Paige Darwin and Laura Barron.
Barron is coming off a career-best finish of 11th place at the Jim West Challenge in Texas. She is also shot a career-low 2-over-par during the final round en route to helping the Aggies to a seventh-place finish.
This will be the fifth edition of the Bruin-Wave Invite. NM State has participated in all four previous tournaments. The Aggies’ best finish came during the 2011 Bruin-Wave Invitational, a 10th-place finish. NM State’s top individual finisher in the tournament was former Aggie Demi Mak, who finished in a tie for 11th place with a 13-over 229 in 2012.
The Bruin-Wave Invitational kicks off a three-tournament stretch for NM State during the month of March. The Aggies have a total of four spring tournaments remaining before the WAC Championships.
Fans can follow the action live with live scoring at www.golfstat.com throughout the tournament.