ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sofia Hoglund made an individual statement on Sunday.
The sophomore shined on an otherwise cloudy day for the New Mexico women’s golf team at the Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Golf Course.
Hoglund, competing as an individual after a rough freshman season, fired off a 2-under-par 71 in the first round and a 5-under 68 in the second round.
Dick McGuire Invite: Final round, UNM Championship Course, 8 a.m.
Her total score of 7-under 139 led all players in the field.
“She played awesome,” coach Jill Trujillo said. “She’s worked extremely hard all the time. The coaches (and) teammates are always telling her it’s going to pay off. It did for her today. She played great.”
The 20-year-old native of Finland said it was the best 36 holes she has ever shot in a tournament.
“I was hitting really well (and) by hitting well I was close to the pin,” Hoglund said. “In the first round I made some putts, but not everything. In the second round I think I made probably every putt close to the hole. I didn’t make any mistakes. I only made three bogies in 36 holes.”
Hoglund said she putted just 25 times in the second round and did not three-putt on any hole. Part of her success came from the fact she was competing as an individual, relieving some of the pre-tournament jitters she faced last season, when her average round was 81.
“I told myself just enjoy playing golf,” Hoglund said. “That was my goal. I had a hard freshman year, I didn’t play well. I knew I needed to get a good tournament. I just started playing the game I knew how to play.”
The rest of the Lobos did not fare as well, though a late flurry of birdies in the second round helped them move from a tie for 12th after the first round to a tie for ninth in the 18-team field.
UNM shot a 19-over 603 for the day, led by sophomore Sammi Stevens, who ended up tied for fifth with a 1-under 145.
“I think we had a better finish this afternoon than we did this morning,” Trujillo said. “It is up to the seniors to hold up the team. They didn’t do it today, but I can guarantee they’ll show up (Monday).”
Northwestern leads the field with a 6-under 586, followed by Denver (588) and TCU (589).
The tournament will conclude with 18 holes today beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Lobo Hoglund Has ‘Awesome’ RoundDick McGuire Invite: Final round, UNM Championship Course, 8 a.m.
— This article appeared on page B5 of the Albuquerque Journal