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USGA Women’s Golf: NM team disappointed to miss cut

SANTA FE — On Tuesday, it was wind. On Wednesday, rain.

Both were far preferable to Thursday’s finality for Team New Mexico.

“It is disappointing,” said Jacque Galloway, one of three members on the squad that represented the Land of Enchantment in the United States Golf Association’s Women’s State Team Championship this week at The Club of Las Campanas.

“We played so well (Wednesday), and I really wish we would have had another round to try and show what we could do. But we just got off to such a tough start on Tuesday.”

Tennessee shot 1-under-par 143 in the final round on Thursday to win the team title in the 54-hole event. The second round was completed earlier in the day. Tennessee finished 1 under with Delaware second at even par.

Indiana’s Julia Potter shot her third consecutive 70 to win the individual title at 6 under. Phoebe Brinker (72-72-68) of Delaware was second at 4 under.

New Mexico was still hoping to make the cut (top 21 teams and ties) after shooting a 3-over-par 147 on Wednesday. But Tuesday’s 19-over 163 in brutal winds oproved to be too much to overcome.

Rio Rancho’s Galloway, Albuquerque’s Samantha Surette and Santa Fe’s Chanet Fiorina-Trujillo’s best two scores counted towards each day’s team total on the Sunrise Course at Las Campanas.

Two rounds left New Mexico at 22 over after it played in the rain on Wednesday, and it then had to play the waiting game. An enormous rainstorm hit Santa Fe late Wednesday afternoon, and play was eventually suspended because of darkness with 12 teams still on the course.

While mathematically still alive, once all the partial scores were made official on Wednesday night, it looked bleak that the host team would be playing again on Thursday.

“I kept watching the scoreboard (Wednesday) night with my mom, and I kept emailing with Samantha,” said Galloway, Cleveland High junior. “Honestly, too many teams would have had to make too many mistakes. I talked it over with my parents, and decided I should go to school (Thursday) to get caught up for the last two days that I missed. There really didn’t seem like a way we could make the cut.”

Galloway made the right decision. And it really wasn’t close.

New Mexico was four shots behind the cut of 18 over, with 22 teams making the cut. There were also two other teams that finished with better scores than New Mexico that failed to make the cut.

“USGA events are really, really big and we all really wanted to play,” said Galloway, who is already taking three college classes and has midterms upcoming. “It was great the way we rallied (Wednesday).”

Galloway, the two-time state Class 6A high school champion, shot rounds of 77-72 in the event. Surrette shot 90-75 and Fiorina-Trijillo 86-83.

Since she lives in Santa Fe, Fiorina-Trujillo, 25, went to Las Campanas on Thursday and played a round on the Sunset Course — the other 18-hole course at the club.

“I didn’t really think we could make the cut,” she said, “but I thought I’d just play Sunset instead.”

Click here for team scores, here for individual scores.