CHANDLER, Ariz. - The New Mexico State women's golf team bounced back in round two with a 288 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., on Monday and Tuesday, April 4-5. NM State fired 22 strokes better after coming in with 310 in round one of the 23 team tournament.
Senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai led the Aggie comeback marking a 5-under-par 67 in the afternoon to move into a tie for second with Portland State's Kalyn Dodge both marking a 1-under-par 143 in 36 holes of play. The Aggies as a team sit in second place with a 598, while Portland State is in first with a 581. Chanachai improved her play by nine strokes tallying only one bogey in round two. She fired six birdies and 11 pars on the afternoon.
"We were two different teams today," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "The team came back and played the way they knew how to. Pang and Demi played well in the second round hitting 10 birdies between the two of them."
Freshman Demi Mak carded four birdies in round two on the par-72, 6,184 yard course to finish the day tied for 15th with a 6-over-par 150 (79-71), while senior Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto is also tied for 15th after marking a 2-over-par 74 in the second round. Swaschuto came in with a 76 in round one improve her score by two strokes with a birdie and 14 pars in the round.
Senior Buz Bowerman-Ritchie is in a tie for 32nd with an 11-over-par 155 (79-76) and junior Ashley Elias, who is playing as an individual, is tied for 38th with a 12-over 156 (81-75). Freshman Mieke Canan rounded out the Aggie lineup with a 165 tying for 88th.
The Aggies are four strokes ahead of I-10 rival UTEP who sits in third with a 602 and 11 strokes ahead of No. 48 BYU (GolfStat Rankings) who is in fifth with a 609. NM State's 288 was the second best round of the day to help move into second.
Tuesday's final 18 holes will begin with a shotgun start at the 8:30 a.m. (MT). The field includes five teams in the top 100 of the latest GolfWeek.com rankings. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com.