MESA, Ariz. – The New Mexico State women’s golf team began play at the 2014 Notre Dame Clover Cup on Friday by shooting a 24-over-par 312 during the first round of the tournament. The Aggies will head into round two at the par-72, 6,209-yard Longbow Golf Club in 15th place.
Although in 15th place, NM State is still in contention for a good finish in a tightly-packed field. The Aggies are only five strokes from the top 10 and eight strokes behind sixth place.
Sophomore Viviana Macias will head into round two as the top NM State scorer after shooting a 4-over 76 on Friday. Macias had two birdies on the day and is in a 14-way tie for 19th place.
Fellow sophomore Kacey Dalpes and freshman Camille Orito both finished a couple of shots behind Macias after shooting 6-over-par 78. Both Aggie golfers will start Saturday’s round in a group of 12 golfers that are in a tie for 47th place.
Dalpes started the day by double-bogeying her first two holes but used a team-high three birdies to mark her 6-over and tie Orito who, like Macias, had two birdies on the day.
Junior Paige Darwin and freshman Valeria Macias, meanwhile, are also tied after the first round. Both NM State golfers finished at 8-over-par 80 and in a tie for 62nd place with nine other golfers.
Colorado, which won the inaugural Clover Cup in 2012, has a six-stroke lead over Michigan after round one. The Buffaloes sit at 4-over-par 292 while the Wolverines are at 10-over 298. Host Notre Dame and Louisville are tied for third at 11-over-par 299. Nebraska rounds out the top 5 with a 12-over-par 300.
The top-4 teams also have the top-4 individuals. Notre Dame’s Kristina Nhim leads the field at 4-under-par 68. Michigan’s Grace Choi and Jennifer Coleman of Colorado are one shot back at 3-under 69 while Louisville’s Katie Petrino is two shot behind the lead at 2-under 70.
The tournament continues on Saturday with the second 18 holes and concludes on Sunday with the final 18-hole round. Both rounds are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (MDT). Fans can follow the action live with hole-by-hole scoring at www.golfstat.com.