PHOENIX (July 9, 2012) - Former New Mexico State women's golfer Tina Drabble passed away this morning in Phoenix, Ariz., after battling melanoma for the past three years.
Drabble played golf and attended NM State from 1989-93. She was a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-Scholar honoree in 1991 and won the Diet Coke-Roadrunner Invitational, which was hosted by NM State in Las Cruces, with a three-round score of 225 in September of 1992.
"It is a very sad day for Aggie women's golf. One of our former players passed away after a long, hard battle with melanoma," coach Jackie Booth said. "Tina Drabble will certainly be missed as she had such a contagious love of life. When I think of Tina, I don't so much remember that she was one of our greatest Aggie golfers, but I do remember that she always had a smile on her face and made everyone else around her happy too. She will be missed and our deepest condolences out to her family during this difficult time."
The play of Drabble during the 1991-92 season was seen as the highlight of the year. Drabble, who had played in every tournament during her first three years at NM State, narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Women's Golf Championships as an individual after finishing the year ranked 63rd in the nation. For her efforts, she earned first team All-Big West honors for the second year in a row and was named the Roadrunner Golfer of the Year by her team.
During the season, Drabble led the team in every statistical category, finishing among the top 25 individuals in seven of nine tournaments she played in. Her 77.96 stroke average for the season led the team.
Drabble was also part of the women's golf team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the fall of 1990. NM State was ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek women's golf poll on Oct. 14, 1990 and Drabble helped NM State open the season with a win at its home tournament and a win at the Dick McGuire Invitational, where it defeated five other ranked teams in the process. That year, Drabble finished third at the Big West Championships and earned All-Big West honors.
Services for Drabble are pending and will be announced as soon as they become available.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.