NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The New Mexico State women’s golf team concluded day one at the Jim West Challenge, hosted by Texas State, by holding steady at the sixth-place position after each of the first two rounds played on Monday.
The Aggies will head into the final round at the par-71, 6,178-yard Bandit Golf Course with a total two-round score of 56-over-par 624 (307-317). The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
NM State sophomore Kacey Dalpes climbed up from a tie for 28th place after the first round to a team-leading tie for 15th at the end of round two. Dalpes used a 5-over 76 during the second round to tie with five other golfers at 12-over-par 154.
Junior Laura Barron, who shot the low round for the Aggies during round one (4-over 75), is right behind Dalpes and in a tie for 21st place with a total score of 13-over-par 155 (75-80).
Sophomore Viviana Macias made it three NM State golfers in the top 25 after finishing the day with a two-round total of 14-over 156 (77-79), good enough for a tie for 25th place.
Freshman Valeria Macias and junior Paige Darwin, meanwhile, are both in a group of four that are tied for 46th place with a total score of 19-over-par 161.
Gonzaga will take a commanding nine-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes. The Bulldogs sit at 23-over-par 591 (285-306) after the first two rounds. Host Texas State is the only team in the 15-team field with a legitimate shot at Gonzaga on Tuesday. The Bobcats shot two rounds of 300 on Monday to finish at 32-over 600. Arkansas-Little Rock rounds out the top 3 at 46-over-par 614 (300-314).
Gonzaga will also enter the final round with the individual leader. Bulldog Ciera Min leads at 1-over-par 143 (72-71). Min started the second round in a tie for fourth place. Jenna Hague of Ball State is one shot behind at 2-over 144 (73-71). Gonzaga’s Raychelle Santos, who was the leader after round one, will start two shots back and in third at 3-over 145 (68-77).
The Aggies started the day by holding the sixth spot after round one by shooting a 23-over 307 in the morning round. Barron finished the first round one shot out of the top 10 and in a tie for 12th place after her 4-over-par 75.
The Macias sisters were also in the top 20 after one round of play. Viviana and Valeria both shot 6-over 77 in the morning to finish in a tie for 18th along with eight other golfers.
Dalpes was one shot behind the sisters at 7-over-par 78 while Darwin was one shot behind Dalpes at 8-over 79.
Gonzaga made it practically impossible for any team to catch up to them after shooting a 1-over-par 285 during round one. The Bulldogs had a 15-stroke lead after just one round of play. Texas State and Arkansas-Little Rock tied for second at 16-over 300.
Santos led after round one with a 3-under-par 68. Lejan Lewthwaite of Texas State finished the first round with a 1-under 70, two strokes behind Santos. It would be the only two scores under par during the first two rounds.
Tuesday’s final round is set for a 7:15 a.m. (MT) shotgun start. Fans can follow the action live with live stats at www.birdiefire.com.