MESA, Ariz. - The New Mexico State women's golf team jumped into second place after posting 286 in round two at the 21st annual Club Glove Western Athletic Conference women's golf championship. The Aggies followed up yesterday's 305 with the biggest improvement of the day cutting 21 strokes on Saturday at the 6,121-yard, par-71 Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
NM State is one stroke behind the two-time defending champion San Jose State who has a 590 (302-288) after two rounds of play. Three Aggies are in the top six including senior Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto who is in third (73-72--145), and freshman Demi Mak who is in fourth (74-73--147). Senior Buz Bowerman-Ritchie is tied for fifth (77-71--148).
"Our team, from top to bottom, played very well today," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "We are in a spot that I knew we could be in and now it comes down to the final day of play."
Junior Ashley Elias had the second best score of the day in round two and was one of only two players to shoot under par carding a 1-under-par 70 to move into a tie for ninth place with a two-round score of 151 (81-71). Senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai is tied for 18 with a 13-over 155 (81-74).
Nevada (301-312-613) dropped from first to third, while Hawaii (305-311-616) is in fourth place, and Boise State (310-309-619) and Idaho (314-305-619) are tied for fifth. Fresno State is seventh (308-315-623).
The three-day tournament concludes on Sunday with final-round tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.