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The New Mexico State women’s golf team concludes its 2012-13 season in Mesa, Ariz., at the 2013 WAC Women’s Golf Championship, being played April 22-24.
The conference tournament will be played at the par 72, 6,163-yard Longbow Golf Club. Three 18-hole rounds will be played, one on each day, with each round beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MT).
Competing for the young Aggies at the WAC Championship are freshmen Kacey Dalpes and Viviana Macias, sophomores Laura Barron and Paige Darwin and junior Amelie Buhl.
NM State will be joined by WAC members Denver, Idaho, San Jose State, Seattle, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State.
The Aggies participated in nine tournaments throughout the 2012-13 season, including five in the fall and four in the spring. In October, NM State hosted the 13th Annual Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate. The Aggies have hosted a women’s golf tournament every year since 1984.
The Aggies’ home tournament proved to be the most productive for the team this season. NM State carded three of its four best rounds of the season during the tournament, including an 11-over-par 299 during the first round, the best round of the season. The Aggies’ total score of 41-over-par 905 was also a season’s best.
NM State’s best finish during a tournament, however, came a couple of weeks before the home tournament at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational hosted by Kansas University. The Aggies finished in a tie for sixth place out of 13 teams in Kansas.
“The team has had some good rounds throughout the semester,” said NM State head coach Jackie Booth. “For us to be successful at conference we need to give our best effort to each shot, all three rounds. We have worked hard on what it takes to win and now it is time to apply that knowledge.”
NM State heads into the WAC Championship with freshman Dalpes as its top player. The Alamogordo, N.M. native, and two-time New Mexico high school state champion, is one of only two golfers to compete in all nine tournaments for the Aggies this season.
Dalpes leads NM State in scoring average (77.19), low round (70), rounds at par or better (3), low total score (+3 219), best finish (T7) and birdies (44). She also has the Aggies’ only two eagles of the season.
Dalpes shot her best round, a 2-under 70, twice during the season, the only two times a NM State golfer shot under par this season. She also finished in the top 20 of a tournament a total of four times, including two top 10 finishes.
Besides Dalpes, Buhl is the only other Aggie golfer that played in all nine tournaments this season. Buhl finished the season with an 82.04 scoring average and led NM State in fairways hit in regulation with a .738 average.
Buhl’s best finish was a tie for 35th at the Folino Invitational (Feb. 17-19). She shot her best round, a 3-over 75, twice during the season, including during the second round of the Aggies’ home tournament. The Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” would be Buhl’s best tournament of the season as she shot three rounds in the 70s and finished with her best total score of the season, a 16-over-par 232.
Barron, meanwhile, only missed one tournament throughout the season. She finished with an 82.00 scoring average and 30 birdies, second only to Dalpes on the team. Barron’s best finish came at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational (Sep. 24-25) where she finished in a tie for 33rd. She equaled her best round, a 4-over 76, a total of four times, including during the first two rounds of the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate. Barron added a 5-over 77 during the final round of the tournament to give her a total score of 13-over-par 229, her best total of the season.
Although Darwin only competed in five tournaments for NM State this season, she will be playing in her fourth consecutive tournament, as three of those tournaments were the final tournaments of 2013.
The Albuquerque native finished with an 84.21 scoring average and carded her best round of the season, a 6-over 78, during the second round of NM State’s final two tournaments, the BYU at Entrada Classic (Mar. 18-19) and the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic (Apr. 8-10). Darwin had her best finish, 68th, at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawai’i (Oct. 30-31) and had her best total score at the Aggies’ home tournament, a 27-over-par 243.
Rounding out the NM State lineup is Macias, who joined the team at the beginning of the spring semester. Macias was highly touted coming out of her native Mexico and did not disappoint as an Aggie, playing in all four spring tournaments. She finished with a scoring average of 82.58 and had 15 birdies in only 12 rounds played. Macias’ best tournament of her young Aggie career was the BYU at Entrada Classic. During the tournament Macias shot her best round, a 3-over 75 during the first round, accumulated her best total score, a 21-over-par 237 and had her best finish, a tie for 45th.
NM State will try to improve off a fifth place finish at the conclusion of the 2012 WAC Championship. The Aggies will also try to follow in the footsteps of former Aggie golfer Demi Mak, who was tied atop the leader board at the conclusion of last year’s tournament with total score of 2-under 214. Her final-round score of 5-under 67 tied a WAC Championship record for low score for a round. Unfortunately, Mak would go on to lose the conference championship after four holes of sudden death play.
For a recap of Aggie team and individual results after each round of the WAC Championship log on to NMStateSports.com or follow the action live beginning Monday morning with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.
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