ST. GEORGE, Utah - The New Mexico State women's golf team returns to St. George, Utah, next week to play in the 2012 BYU at Entrada Classic hosted by Brigham Young University, March 19-20.
The tournament will be played at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, a par 72, 6,109 yard course. Three 18-hole rounds will be played during the two-day event. The first two rounds will be played on Monday (March 19) while the final round will be played on Tuesday (March 20).
There are a total of 13 teams competing in the two-day tournament. Most notable among them is top 10 ranked Oklahoma State, who was the runner-up in last year's Entrada Classic, finishing five strokes behind tournament champion Wisconsin. Also joining NM State in Utah will be host BYU, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois, Nebraska, North Texas, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, Texas State, Utah Valley, Weber State and Wyoming.
Making the trip to Utah to compete for the Aggies will be freshman Laura Barron, sophomores Demi Mak and Mieke Canan, junior Aileen Meredith and senior Ashley Elias.
NM State also competed in the 2011 Entrada Classic. Last year's trip to St. George turned out be one of the Aggies' best tournaments of the season, both as a team and individually. NM State finished in seventh place out of 15 teams with a 928 final score, only 14 shots off eventual winner Wisconsin's 914. NM State also shot a final round score of 299, matching champion Wisconsin's final round score.
Mak and Elias were both scheduled to compete in last year's tournament. Unfortunately, Elias had to withdraw from the tournament due to an illness. Perhaps that motivated Mak, who went on to win the individual title with a 2-over-par 218, four strokes ahead of her nearest competitor.
Since winning the title last year in Utah, Mak has continued to cement herself as the leader of the Aggie golf team during this season. Not only has she played in all seven tournaments this season for NM State, she has a top 25 finish in her last five tournaments played, including a tie for 11th during the Aggies' last tournament, the Bruin-Wave Invitational. Mak is also the only Aggie women's golfer to have a round in the 60s this season, scoring a round of 69 during the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 7).
Mak will anchor an Aggie team that hopes to feed off last year's results at the Entrada Classic and improve on a 12th place finish at the Bruin-Wave Invitational.
For a recap of each day's team and individual results log on to NMStateSports.com or follow the action live with live scoring at golfstatcom.