Courtesy of NMSU
LITCHFIELD, Ariz. – Juniors Viviana Macias and Kacey Dalpes placed first and second respectively in the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Championship to guide the New Mexico State women’s golf team to its second consecutive conference title with a combined-team score of 869 (292-285-292) on the 6,291 yard, par 72 Heritage Course at the Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield, Ariz.
Macias takes home the individual title marking a 1-under-par 215 (71-72-72) winning her first tournament of the 2014-15 season and of her career. She finished second in the 2014 WAC Tournament and Dalpes finished in a tie for third last year.
Dalpes gave her teammate a fight finishing only one stroke behind with an even par 216 (73-71-72). This marks the second time Dalpes has finished in second during the season and her score helped to give her team a 34-stroke victory. That is the second largest margin of victory for a winner in the WAC tournament as the University of New Mexico won by 49 strokes in 1994 with Wyoming coming in second that year. It is the largest margin of victory for a team since Tulsa won the 2002 WAC Championship by 25 strokes.
“It’s been a pretty awesome week and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from the team,” said head coach Jackie Booth, who was named WAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Both Macias and Dalpes also repeat as all-WAC first team selections, along with sophomore Camille Orito. Sophomore Valeria Macias is a second team selection.
Although Orito, who was named co-WAC Player of the Year, got off to a slow start on day one, she bounced back and finished the tournament in a tie for fourth with a 6-over-par 221 (78-70-73). She played exceptionally well in round two carding three birdies and 14 pars to move into position to help her team win. After this week’s tournament, Orito has 10 rounds of par or better and has an average score of 73 strokes per round.
Valeria Macias finished in sixth place with an 8-over-par 223 (76-72-75) and also had a great day two marking two birdies and two bogeys to post her fourth even par round of the year.
Sophomore Kristen Cline wraps up the Aggie lineup and tied for 11th with a 228 (72-76-80). She started the tournament off with an even par, which was the second time this season she posted an even or under par round, but struggled on the final day of play to drop on the leaderboard.
“Kline really saved us on the first day,” said Booth. “She did exactly what we needed her to do as the No. 5 player and it was great to have her on the course,” said Booth.
The Aggies will now head to an NCAA Regional Tournament, May 7-9 at one of the following sites: Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course); South Bend, Ind. (Warren Golf Course); San Antonio, Texas (Briggs Ranch Golf Club); St. George, Utah (Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club). The NCAA Tournament selections announcement will be announced live via the Golf Channel Monday, April 27 from 7-8 p.m. (ET) or 5-6 p.m. (MT).
Head coach Jackie Booth was named the WAC Coach of the Year, while sophomore Camille Orito was named co-WAC Player of the Year.
“She [Orito] played pretty steady all year. She won the BYU tournament, was named the WAC Player of the Month back in October and hadcouple of Player of the Week performances,” Booth said. “Viviana [Macias] and Cami have been competing with each other for player of the year within the team and it’s great to have competition from inside the team. This pushes each other as teammates, but they always supporting one another in all they do and that kind of team is hard to come by.”
WAC Coach of the Year
WAC Co-Player of the Year
Charlotte Jaengkit (Grand Canyon)
All-WAC (First Team)
All-WAC (Second Team)