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Lobo women golfers retain lead at event in Colorado

Second Round Results

First Round Team Leaders:  1 – New Mexico, 574. 2 – Denver, 577. T3 – UTSA, 578. T3 – Washington State, 578. 5 – Oregon State, 579.

Individual Leaders: 1 – Patricia Wong, Pepperdine, 137. 2 – Ellie Slama, Oregon State, 138. T3 – Sophie Newlove, Denver, 140. T3 – Marie Lund-Hansen, Washington State, 140. T3 – Ingrid Gutierrez, New Mexico, 140. T3 – Morgan Sahm, Northern Colorado, 140.

The Lobos – Alexandra MoisandIngrid GutierrezDarian ZachekReva MorrisCaroline JanssonEmma Edwards and Zoey Akagi-Bustin

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — It may have been the second round at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate but the Lobos stay in first place on the leaderboard after carding 2-under 574 [283,291] on the day.

“The course definitely played tougher today,” said head coach Jill Trujillo. “The greens firmed up and they were faster with some difficult hole locations.”

While the Lobos had to endure some changes to the course the team had an impressive finish with senior, Ingrid Gutierrez still leading the pack for New Mexico. Gutierrez ended the second round with a score of 2-over 74 and has totaled 4-under 140 leaving her tied for third amongst the field. Only three strokes separates Gutierrez from the current leader, Pepperdine’s Patricia Wong as the team heads into the final round.

“We finished well and Darian’s hole-in-one on 17 was amazing,” mentioned Trujillo.

Junior Darian Zachek’s scorecard is nothing but immaculate when you see that she has made par for the second round in a row [72,72] totaling at 144. After earning three bogeys as she approached hole-17, her one stroke play on a par-3 hole helped her stay on track and keeps her in the top-20. Zachek is not the only Lobo who shares a total score of 144, sophomore, Reva Morris carded 1-under 71 after round two and showed some improvement after the first round where she earned 1-over 73.

Lobos run in packs and that’s exactly what senior, Alexandra Moisand and freshman, Caroline Jansson showed in the second round after earning a place in the top-30 with the total score of 147. Moisand made par in the first round and totaled 3-over 75 on the second day. Jansson’s first and second round scores are only separated by one stroke [73,74]  and she earned two birdies towards New Mexico’s total of 31 after day two.

The two individuals fielding for the Lobos are junior, Emma Edwards and redshirt-freshman, Zoey Akagi-Bustin and both struggled in this second round of play. Edwards who was holding 11th place on the leaderboard fell to 52nd after being 10-over 82 on the day. Fellow teammate, Akagi-Bustin had a more consistent game after totaling 5-over 77 this round and she was only 2-strokes over her first round total of 3-over 75.

“Our game plan is the same,” said Trujillo. “Stay in the present and routine because that’s what brings home trophies.”

UNM heads into the final round in Denver at 9 a.m. [MT] on Sunday.

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