SANTA FE — She was born in Canada, has lived all over the country and has traveled to many more places during her golfing career.
But for ex-University of New Mexico golfer Tara Fleming, being in New Mexico for the USGA Women’s State Team Championship “feels like being home again. I was excited when I saw this on the schedule two years ago, and I hoped I would get picked to play.”
Fleming, who made the semifinals before losing in this year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, shot a 3-over-par 75 in Wednesday’s second round for New Jersey. She had a 77 in Tuesday’s first round for an 8-over 152.
Her scores have counted for the New Jersey team total each round (the top two count for each three-member team). New Jersey is 18 over and has made the cut of the top 21 teams heading into today’s final round.
“It’s exciting,” said Fleming, 50 on Wednesday. “I didn’t play very well on Tuesday, but the goal was to make the cut and it looks like we’re there.”
A 48-minute rain delay prevented the field from finishing the second round Wednesday, but New Jersey played in the morning and did finish.
Fleming, a Toronto native who grew up in Houston, was a high school basketball player-turned college golf standout in the 1980s. She was a walk-on at UNM, but soon turned it on.