CHANDLER, Ariz.-The New Mexico State women's golf team heads to Arizona next week to participate in the 2012 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic hosted by the University of Wyoming women's golf team, April 9-11.
The three-day tournament will be played at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., a par 72, 6,184 yard course. One 18-hole round will be played each day of the tournament with each round beginning at 7:30 a.m. (MT).
NM State will be part of a 24-team field that includes I-10 rival Texas-El Paso, host school Wyoming and last year's tournament champion Portland State. Also competing in the tournament will be: Boise State, Colorado State, Creighton, Eastern Washington, Iowa, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Seattle, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Utah Valley, Weber State, Wichita State and Xavier.
Competing for the Aggies in Arizona will be sophomores Demi Mak, Lindsay Reeeve and Amelie Buhl, junior Aileen Meredith and senior Ashley Elias.
NM State had an impressive showing during last year's Cowgirl Classic finishing in second place overall out of 23 teams. The Aggies were aided by former NM State golfer Suteera Chanachai who finished tied for third place with an even score of 216, only three shots behind winner Britney Yada from Portland State. Chanachai shot a second-round score of 67 (-5), a Cowgirl Classic tournament record for a single round.
Mak also had an outstanding tournament last year, finishing tied for ninth with a three-round total score of 222. Elias also competed in last year's Cowgirl Classic, participating as an individual golfer and not as part of the Aggie team. Elias finished the tournament tied for 56th. Her three-round total score of 237 was the lowest score of the seven golfers competing as individuals.
Team wise, the 2011 version of the Cowgirl Classic was dominated by Portland State. Not only did they have two of the top three individual golfers, their team total score of 871 was a new tournament record, an outstanding 28 shots ahead of their nearest competitor, NM State. Portland State also broke the single-round tournament record, shooting a 1-under 287 during the second round.
The Aggies, coming off a bad outing during their last tournament, the BYU at Entrada Classic, hope to have similar results as last year in the Cowgirl Classic.
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 golfstat.com.