MESA, Ariz. (April 24) – The New Mexico State women’s golf team finished play at the Club Glove WAC Women’s Golf Championship on Wednesday by shooting a 25-over-par 313. The final-round score gives the Aggies a total score of 77-over 941 (312-316-313) and a seventh place finish.
The conference tournament, which was played at the par 72, 6,163-yard Longbow Golf Club, was the final tournament of the 2012-13 season for NM State.
The Aggies’ final score of 941 is their best team-score since shooting a 937 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in October and is the third-best score of the season behind Las Vegas and NM State’s home tournament, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate, also in October.
For the seventh time this season NM State was led by freshman Kacey Dalpes at the end of a tournament. Dalpes finished in a tie for 21st with a total score of 15-over-par 231 (75-80-76). Her final-round score of 4-over 76 included two birdies, giving Dalpes a team-high seven for the tournament.
Perhaps the best showing of the tournament, however, came from sophomore Laura Barron. For the second straight day Barron had the low round for the Aggies, carding a 3-over 75 on Wednesday. She finished with a total score of 17-over-par 233 (80-78-75) and in a tie for 25th.
Barron’s final-round score of 75 is her best round of the season and her total of 233 is her second-best, only superseded by her 229 at NM State’s Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate. Barron was also the only Aggie golfer during the conference tournament to improve on her score after each round. Like Dalpes, she also finished round three with two birdies and finished with six total birdies throughout the tournament.
The other three NM State golfers finished right next to each other in the final standings. Freshman Viviana Macias finished in 30th place with a total score of 23-over-par 239 (77-79-83), junior Amelie Buhl was right behind at 25-over 241 (80-79-82) and in 31st, while sophomore Paige Darwin finished one spot back at 32nd with a total score of 28-over-par 244 (84-80-80).
Denver finished as the 2013 WAC champion after leading from start to finish. The Pioneers took the lead early in the first round and never looked back, finishing with a total score of 18-over-par 882 (295-291-296).
Denver increased its lead over second-place San Jose State after every round. The Spartans did finish in second with a 30-over 894 (297-298-299) final score. Texas State leaped over its in-state competitor, Texas-San Antonio, during the final round to finish in third with a 40-over 904 (311-297-296).
Like her team, Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud led throughout all three rounds. Daffinrud finished with a WAC Championship record 7-under-par 209 (68-72-69) after shooting a 3-under 69 on Wednesday. She was the only golfer to have three rounds at par or better.
San Jose State finished with the second and third place finishers. Spartan Regan De Guzman was the only other golfer besides Daffinrud to finish under par, finishing with a final score of 1-under 215 (70-74-71), good enough for second. Her teammate, Jennifer Brumbaugh, finished in third with a total score of 3-over-par 219 (75-68-76).
Also on Wednesday, the WAC handed out its conference awards. Denver head coach Lindsay Hulwick took home Coach of the Year honors while Daffinrud was voted WAC Player of the Year and De Guzman was voted WAC Freshman of the Year.