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McGuire Invitational Begins Play Today

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico sophomore Sofia Hoglund is back to defend her title at the 33rd Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational which begins today at the UNM Championship Course.

Also back is defending team champion and 20th-ranked Baylor, which is the top-rated squad in the 17-team field.

The final round is Tuesday.

Lobo coach Jill Trujillo’s lineup consists of Hoglund, senior Beth Buchner, juniors Manon De Roey and Sammi Stevens, and freshman Xenia Knopf. Freshman Ira Knopf will compete as an individual.

In the 32 previous tournaments, the team champion from the McGuire has gone on to capture the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf championship seven times.

New Mexico has won the McGuire eight times, including five in the past 12 years.

Six Lobos have captured the individual title: Pat Park in 1962 and ’63; Kristi Albers in 1984; Tracy May in 1994; Kailin Downs in 2003; Jodi Ewart in 2008 and Hoglund.

Hoglund played last year’s tournament as an individual since she did not qualify for a spot on UNM’s five-member team. She drained a breaking downhill 35-footer for birdie on the par-3 7th to seal her first collegiate victory. It was Hoglund’s lone birdie in a round of 77 (4-over), but enough to edge Baylor’s Hayley Davis by one shot.

Dick McGuire was head men’s golf coach at UNM from 1954-77, recording 38 team championships, including 10 conference titles. He was the head professional from 1954-87, director of UNM’s golf courses from 1958-87 and directed numerous high profile tournaments hosted by UNM, including the NCAA Championships.

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