MARICOPA, Ariz. – Two rounds under 300 for the New Mexico State women’s golf team and two rounds under par for freshman Camille Orito have propelled the Aggies to both the team and individual lead after the first two rounds of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic were played on Monday at the par-72, 6,231-yards AK-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.
NM State finished the day with a two-round score of 17-over-par 593 after following a 9-over 297 round one score with an even better 8-over 296 during the second round. The Aggies held a one-stroke lead over Santa Clara after the first round and will head into the final round on Tuesday five strokes ahead of last year’s Cowgirl Classic champion Boise State, which sits at 22-over-par 598, and six strokes in front of Lamar which is at 23-over 599.
Orito shot her first round under par of her NM State career during round one, a 1-under 71, to head into the afternoon round with a one-shot lead. Her career-low round did not last long, as she proceeded to shoot a 2-under-par 70 during the second round to give her a total score of 3-under 141 and the individual lead heading into the final 18 holes. She becomes only the eighth Aggie golfer in the school’s history to shoot 3-under-par or better after 36 holes.
Orito sank six birdies on the day, three in each round, while only marking three total bogeys during rounds one and two. She is three shots ahead of second place Samantha Martin of Boise State who sits at even par after two rounds. Orito will try to become the first individual winner for NM State since former Aggie Demi Mak won the BYU at Entrada Classic in March of 2011.
Fellow freshman Valeria Macias will start the final round in a three-way tie for third place with a total score of 2-over-par 146 (72-74). Macias birdied two of her first three holes in the opening round and finished with three-total birdies in the round to finish at even par and notch her second round of par or better as an Aggie. She was only one shot back of Orito after round one.
Not to be outdone, NM State’s third freshman, Kristen Cline, also had a good day on the course. She will head into the final round in a tie for 28th place after posting a two-round score of 9-over 153 (77-76), including three birdies.
Rounding out the Aggie golfers were sophomore Viviana Macias who shot two rounds of 5-over 77 to finish at 10-over 154 and in a tie for 35th place, fellow sophomore Kacey Dalpes who sits at 13-over 157 (81-76) and in a tie for 55th place, and junior Laura Barron, who is participating as an individual golfer, at 31-over 175 (90-85) and in a tie for 101st.
The final round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic will be played on Tuesday beginning at 8:45 a.m. (MDT) with a shotgun start. NM State will attempt to bring home its first team title since winning its home tournament, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate, in October of 2010. The last win for the Aggies outside of Las Cruces was over a decade ago, a Sun Belt Conference title in April of 2003.
NM State golf fans can follow the action live during the final 18 holes on Tuesday with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.