Courtesy of NMSU
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The New Mexico State women’s golf team finished the 2015 NCAA [St. George] Regional Tournament with a three-day combined team score of 909 on Saturday, May 9, finishing seventh, nine strokes behind California.
No. 1 seed USC won the regional leading the way from day one through day three on the 6,552 yard, par 71 Entrada at Snow Canyon Course in St. George, Utah with an 880. Stanford finished in second place six strokes behind the Trojans and Arkansas entered the clubhouse in third with an 892. The Cardinal and the Razorbacks, along with UNLV who finished in fourth place, all shot a tournament-low round of 290 in the final round of play.
Virginia and California were the final two teams to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, which is May 22-27 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. Virginia posted an 898 in three rounds and Cal tallied a 900.
Sophomore Camille Orito and junior Kacey Dalpes, both first team all-WAC selections this year, battled all the way through the final hole of the tournament with each player carding their best round of the week scoring a 2-over-par 73. Dalpes posted three birdies and 10 pars on the day while Orito had two birdies and 13 pars. Orito had the second most birdies of all players in the tournament with nine and Dalpes finished the regional with 34 pars.
Junior Viviana Macias also had her best round of the tournament during round three marking a 3-over-par 74, finishing tied for 34 with a 228 (78-76-74). She had five birdies and 32 pars during the three days of play. Her sister sophomore Valeria Macias tied for 72nd with a 236 (77-81-78) and sophomore Kristen Cline wrapped up the Aggie lineup in 87th with a 245 (82-80-83).
The individual champion was Dana Finkelstein from UNLV. She shot 67 in the third round to move up to first place (-2). Alana Uriell and Gaby Lopez, both from Arkansas, moved up to tie for second place (+3). Gabriella Then made the biggest leap in the third round, moving up 15 spots to take fourth place, one spot above Annie Park, a fellow USC player.
1. USC – 880
2. Stanford – 886
3. Arkansas – 892
4. UNLV – 895
5. Virginia – 898
6. California – 900
(top 6 teams advance to NCAA National Championship)
7. NM State – 909
8. TCU – 910 (48th in the country)
9. Vanderbilt – 912 (17th in the country)
10. SMU – 914 (44th in the country)
11. San Diego State – 916 (25th in the country)
12. Colorado – 918 (36th in the country)
13. Middle Tennessee State – 919
13. Wisconsin – 919
15. Miami – 924 (32nd in the country)
16. Denver – 930 (50th in the country)
17. Northern Arizona – 951
18. Albany – 979