SPRINGVILLE, Utah – The New Mexico State women’s golf team moved up a spot from yesterday and finished the 2013 Hobble Creek Invite in third place, Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Hobble Creek Golf Course with two Aggie finishing in the top 20 individually.
NM State fired a 303 on the final day to move ahead of Grand Canyon, who tallied 307 in the final round of play. San Francisco won the tournament after shooting rounds under 300 each day and Gonzaga placed second.
Sophomore Kacey Dalpes marked 1-over-par 72 in round three and finished tied for ninth with a three-round score of 225 (78-75-72). Junior Paige Darwin tied for 18th with a 230 (76-76-78) in three rounds of play.
“We are off to a much better start than we were a year ago. Huge strides have been made and confidence is high with the team,” head coach Jackie Booth said. “Kacey (Dalpes) played really steady today and the entire team played well on a tough golf course. It was really fun to watch.”
Dalpes marked 14 pars and two birdies to finish in the top ten (individually). Brigham Young’s Lea Garner won the tournament with a 1-over-par 214 (70-73-71) in the three round tournament. Grand Cayon’s Charlotte Jaengkit placed second and two players tied for third.
Aggie fresman Valeria Macias and her sister, sophomore Viviana Macias tied for 21st with a 231. The elder Macias posted a 75 on the final day of play to catch her sister, who started the morning in a tie for 11th.
Junior Laura Barron tied for 24th with a 233 (76-79-78) as she sank eight birdies in three rounds of play.
The Aggies now look ahead to the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Classic hosted by Kansas State, Sept. 23-24 in Manhattan, Kan. Keep up with the women’s golf team online at www.NMStateSport.com or on Facebook (NMSU Women’s Golf & The Aggie Student-Athlete).
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