LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Oct. 25, 2012) - The New Mexico State women's golf team concludes its fall schedule by participating in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational hosted by the University of Hawai'i, Oct. 30-31.
The three-round tournament will be played at the par 72, 6,228-yards Leilehua Golf Course located in Wahiawa, Hawai'i. There will be 36 holes (two rounds) played on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and a final round on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Each day will have a shotgun start beginning at 8:00 a.m. (HT), 12pm (MT).
Aggie head coach Jackie Booth knows this will be one of the toughest tournaments to prepare for both physically and mentally. Not only does NM State have a long flight to the islands ahead of them, but this will also be the first and only time all season that the Aggies have tournaments in back-to-back weeks. The team finished up play in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Tuesday and leave for Hawai'i on Saturday.
"The girls only have three days between trips to get back in the classroom and get caught up with school," Booth said. "It is difficult to give 100 percent to your golf game when you are behind in your school work, but we will perform better in the tournament if we make a commitment to our priorities in school."
Joining NM State as part of the 12-team field will be host Hawai'i, Boise State, Sacramento State, BYU, Memphis, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, UC Irvine, Florida International, North Dakota State and Washington State.
Competing for the Aggies in Hawai'i will be the five-golfer team of freshman Kacey Dalpes, sophomores Laura Barron and Paige Darwin, junior Amelie Buhl and senior Aileen Meredith. Darwin will be participating in her second tournament of the season while the other four Aggie golfers have participated in all four tournaments this season.
NM State continues to be led by Dalpes, who is coming off a tie for ninth place at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 23), her second consecutive top 10 finish. Dalpes leads the Aggie squad in average score (75.50), low round (70), best finish (Tie for seventh) and birdies (25). She is also the only Aggie to shoot a round under par this season, something she has accomplished twice.
This will be the ninth trip the Aggie women's golf team makes to the islands of Hawai'i. NM State first participated in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in the spring of 1986 where they placed third, to this date their best finish in Hawai'i. The Aggies also participated in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in the springs of 1987 and 1991.
After the '91 tournament, NM State didn't return to the islands until the fall of 2002 when they were part of the Kent Youel Invitational in Oahu. The Aggies also competed in the same tournament from 2005-07. The last time NM State was in Hawai'i it was to be part of the Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational in the fall of 2009.
Last year's Rainbow Wahine Invitational was played at the Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, Hawai'i. The No. 1 team in the country, UCLA, dominated the tournament from start to finish. The Bruins ended up with a total-team score of 15-under-par 849, a staggering 20 shots ahead of second place. Fellow PAC-12 members Washington and Stanford finished second and third respectively.
Individually, Lee Lopez of UCLA won the tournament with a final score of 7-under-par 209. Her teammate, Stephanie Kono, finished in a three-way tie for second with Sadena Parks of Washington and Madeleine Ziegert of San Jose State at 3-under-par 213.
For a recap of each day's team and individual results log on to the official website of Aggie women's golf, NMStateSports.com, or follow the action live with live scoring at www.Golfstat.com.