MESA, Ariz. – The New Mexico State women’s golf team wrapped up play at the 2014 Notre Dame Clover Cup on Sunday by shooting a final-round 21-over-par 309 to finish in 14th place. The Aggies conclude the tournament with a total three-round score of 60-over-par 924 (312-303-309) at the par-72, 6,209-yard Longbow Golf Club.
Sophomore Viviana Macias carded the low round for NM State in all three rounds to finish in a tie for 16th place. Macias shot a 3-over 75 during the final 18 holes to finish the Clover Cup with a total score of 7-over-par 223 (76-72-75). Her 7-over total score fell one shot short of her season’s-best 6-over-par finish.
Sophomore Kacey Dalpes and freshman Camille Orito both finished in a group of seven golfers tied for 45th place. Dalpes carded an 8-over-par during the final round to mark a total of 16-over 232 (78-74-80).
Orito, meanwhile, shot a 6-over 78 on Sunday to tally her 16-over 232 (78-76-78), which is her best total score in a tournament during her first season as an Aggie. She also added two birdies during round three to finish with a team-high seven birds throughout the tournament.
Freshman Valeria Macias had three birdies on the day to lead NM State. She shot her best round of the tournament on Sunday, a 4-over 76, to finish at 21-over 237 (80-81-76) and in a tie for 64th place. Junior Paige Darwin rounded out the Aggie squad with an 81st-place finish and a total score of 30-over 246 (80-83-83).
Louisville, the 38th-ranked team in the nation, came back from two strokes back of second-round leader Colorado to win the team competition. The Cardinals finished at 24-over-par 888 (299-292-297). Host Notre Dame also leaped over the Buffaloes during the final day but fell one shot short of Louisville at 25-over 889 (299-296-294). Colorado, which led after the first two rounds, fell to third with a total score of 29-over 893 (292-297-304).
The Buffaloes also gave up the individual crown after Notre Dame’s Kristina Nhim, who led after round one but fell behind Colorado’s Jennifer Coleman after the second round, came back to win the individual title by carding a total score of 3-under 213 (68-72-73). Coleman, who led by one stroke after round two, lost by one stroke after finishing at 2-under 214 (69-71-74). Joining Coleman at 2-under-par and in a tie for second was Grace Choi of Michigan.
NM State now looks to finish its busy month of March with another trip to Arizona. The Aggies are set to participate in the Kansas State-Missouri Tournament, which will be held in Saddlebrook, Ariz., and will run from Friday, March 28, through Saturday, March 29.