MESA, Ariz. (April 24, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team finished the 2012 season with a fifth place finish at the Club Glove WAC Women's Golf Championship with a three-round score of 913 (302-310-301) at the par 72, Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
The suspense of the day involved Aggie sophomore Demi Mak as she fell on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff to place second in the tournament. Mak was down by six stokes heading into the final day of play and carded a tournament-best 5-under-par 67 to tie the eventual WAC Champion Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho. The 67 ties the WAC record for a low in the WAC tournament, while this marks Mortellaro's second consecutive individual WAC title.
"I gave it my best shot and I went out with the mentality to just go ahead and try to catch the leader even though I was six shots back," Mak said. "That is just how it ended up. She hit a one-foot putt and I did all I could to catch her. I felt like I had a great year and I have been working hard. All the hard work paid off in this tournament."
Idaho was second (890) in the rest of the team competition, followed by Fresno State (902), Hawai'i (910), New Mexico State (913) and Nevada (946). Individually, San Jose State's Jennifer Brumbaugh (73-73-69--215) and Madeleine Ziegert (70-74-72--216) finished third and fourth, respectively.
For the Aggies, junior Aileen Meredith finished tied for 14th with a 12-over-par 228 (70-77-81) and senior Ashley Elias tied for 19th carding a 16-over-par 232 (76-83-73). Junior Amelie Buhl ended the tournament in 24th with a 240 (81-79-80) and sophomore Lindsay Reeve tied for 26th tallying a 249 (83-82-84).
Also announced today were the all-WAC teams and top awards. Mortellaro was voted the WAC's Player of the Year for the third consecutive season by the six head coaches. Freshman of the year honors went to Fresno State's Madchen Ly and Co-Coach of the Year honors went to San Jose State's John Dormann and Idaho's Lisa Johnson.
First Team All-WAC
Madchen Ly, Fr., Fresno State
Kayla Mortellaro, Sr., Idaho
Demi Mak, So., New Mexico State
Jennifer Brumbaugh, Jr., San Jose State
Madeleine Ziegert, Sr., San Jose State
Second Team All-WAC
Louisa Lies, Sr., Fresno State
Christine Uhalde, So., Fresno State
Teo Poplawski, Sr., Idaho
Kathleen Rojas, Fr., San Jose State
Megan Osland, Fr., San Jose State
Player of the Year: Kayla Mortellaro, Sr., Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Madchen Ly, Fresno State
Co-Coaches of the Year: Lisa Johnson, Idaho and John Dormann, San Jose State