MANHATTAN, Kan. – The New Mexico State University women’s golf team concluded play at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday by shooting a 49-over-par 337 during the final round of play. The Aggies finish in eighth place out of 15 teams with a total-team score of 111-over-par 975 (314-324-337).
NM State started the day in sixth place after two rounds at the par-72, 6,181-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course, but fell a couple of spots after no Aggie golfer could shoot a round under 80 during the final 18 holes.
NM State’s best round on Tuesday came from sophomore Viviana Macias, whose final round 9-over-81 also propelled her to the top of the Aggie leaderboard. Macias finished in a tie for 26th place with a total score of 25-over 241 (80-80-81).
Fellow sophomore Kacey Dalpes finished one shot behind Macias and in a tie for 32nd with a total score of 26-over-par 242 (78-78-86). Dalpes, who led NM State after two rounds, started off strong with a birdie on her first hole of the day. Unfortunately, it would be her only birdie on the day as she would struggle the rest of the way and finish 14-over on the day.
Freshman Camille Orito had an impressive showing for the Aggies during her first collegiate tournament. Orito started the tournament by sinking three birdies in the first round and placing herself in a tie for third. Although she never matched her first-round performance, Orito continued to play well during the final two rounds. She added another two birdies during Tuesday’s final round to finish with a team-high six birdies for the tournament. Orito ended up in a tie for 40th place with a total score of 30-over 246 (75-82-89).
NM State’s other freshman, Valeria Macias, finished the final round with a 12-over-par 84, second-best on the day for the Aggies to her older sister. The younger Macias finished with a total score of 38-over-par 254 (86-84-84) and in 58th place.
Meanwhile, junior Laura Barron holed two birdies on Tuesday, her first birdies of the tournament, and finished in a tie for 63rd at 41-over 257 (81-90-86).
Overall, the team competition was won by a Kansas team that increased its lead over in-state rival and host school Kansas State after each round. The Jayhawks finished with a total-team score of 46-over-par 910 (303-299-308), a whopping 16 strokes ahead of the Wildcats who finished in second.
Individually, it wasn’t a surprise that a Kansas golfer won the tournament, what was surprising, however, was which Jayhawk golfer won. After two rounds, Kansas golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and Kansas State’s Gianna Misenhelter were tied for first and four shots ahead of Jayhawk Meghan Potee. After the final round, however, and a monumental collapse by both frontrunners, it was Potee who won the individual crown.
Potee shot a 2-over 74 during her final round and finished with a total score of 8-over-par 224 (75-75-74), three shots ahead of her teammate Thanruttra Boonraksasat who finished second.
Meanwhile, Misenhelter, who shot the only round under par of the entire tournament during the second round, shot a 15-over 87 final round to finish in a tie for ninth. Even worse was Kawinpakorn who was leading or tied for the lead after each of the first two rounds. She shot a 17-over-par 89 on Tuesday to finish out of the top 10 and in a tie for 12th place.
The Aggies now look forward to hosting their own tournament, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational. The three-round tournament, which will be played at the par-72, 6,319-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course, is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 7, and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 9.
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