AUBURN, Wash. - The New Mexico State women's golf team finished round one of the NCAA West Regional Tournament with a 319 to come in 22nd at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., May 5.
Out of 24 teams to play on the par-72, 6,266 yard course, only first place Southern California finished at or below par as it came in with a team score of 288 on the day. Virginia is in second with a 290, while Tennessee is in third with a 292.
Leading the way for NM State is senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai. She carded a 4-over-par 76 to tie for 41st on the leader board, while fellow senior Buz Bowerman-Ritchie fired a 6-over-par 78 to tie for 66th.
Senior Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto ended her day with a 10-over, 82 and freshmen Mieke Canan and Demi make came in with scores of 83 and 86 respectively.
"We struggled today up-and-down the lineup, but we have two rounds left so we need to start making up some strokes," head coach Paul Brilliant said.
In-state rival New Mexico is tied for 14th with San Diego State and Tulsa as each team carded a 310 in the first 18 holes, while fellow WAC member, San Jose State is 19th with a 315. I-10 rival, UTEP is 24th carding a 321 on day one.
The top eight teams move on to the NCAA Championships in Bryan, Texas, May 18-21.