CHANDLER, Ariz. - The New Mexico State women's golf team is making its final preparations before the Western Athletic Conference Championship by participating in the fifth-annual Cowgirl Classic at the picturesque Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., on Monday and Tuesday, April 4-5.
The Aggies will join 23 teams and a total of 122 student-athletes on the par-72 course that runs a total of 6,184 yards. The first two rounds of 18 holes each will commence on Monday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (MT), while Tuesday's final 18 holes will start at the same time. The field includes five teams in the top 100 of the latest GolfWeek.com rankings, including No. 56 BYU.
"We hope to continue to play well and we hope that our play carries over into the WAC Championship," head coach Paul Brilliant said.
Playing for the Aggies this week are seniors Suteera (Pang) Chanachai, Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto and Buz Bowerman-Ritchie along with freshmen Demi Mak and Mieke Canan.
The 2010 Cowgirl Classic was a record-breaking event, as UTEP claimed the team title with the best team score in tournament-history at 883 (+19) and Northern Arizona's Stephanie Kim posted the best individual score at 216 (E) to earn the individual title. Kim also shot the lowest round ever at the Cowgirl Classic with a 68 (-4) and Northern Arizona's 294 (+6) in the third round was the lowest team round in the event's four-year run. Both Kim and Northern Arizona will be back in the tournament this year.
warmed up for this tournament with a dual-match against WAC for Boise State,
April 2 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. and also used it as an opportunity
to get familiar with the host course for next week's Western Athletic
The young Bronco squad struggled a bit on Saturday against the Aggies, as NM State took the first five places led by Chanachai's 1-over 72. Bowerman-Ritchie finished three-strokes back in second-place with 4-over 75, followed by Mak and Canan at 76 (+5) tied for third. Elias took fifth with a 77 (+6), rounding out the scoring for the Aggies was Swashcuto who tied for seventh with a 9-over 80.
Boise State was led by Hayley Young who shot a 37 on the front nine followed by a 42 on the back nine giving her a final tally of 8-over 79 on the par-71 course.
New Mexico State vs. Boise State
April 2, 2011
Longbow Golf Club (Par 71 - 6,146 yards)
Host: Boise State
1. Suteera Chanachai, NMSU (72, +1)
2. L. Bowerman-Ritchie, NMSU (75, +4)
T3. Demi Mak, NMSU (76, +5)
T3. Mieke Canan, NMSU (76, +5)
5. *Ashley Elias, NMSU (77, +6)
6. Hayley Young, Boise St. (79, +8)
T7. Apinporn Swashcuto, NMSU (80, +9)
T7. Michelle Gooding, Boise St. (80, +9)
T9. Jenna Leurquin, Boise St. (81, +10)
T9. Katie Somers, Boise St. (81, +10)
11. Lori Harper, Boise St. (83, +12)
1. New Mexico State (299, +15)
2. Boise State (321, +37)