Aggie Women's Golf Garners Top Ten Finish At Arizona Invitational

Written By: Lauren Cordova for NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M - The New Mexico State women's golf team finished sixth out of 16 teams at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, with a final score of 913 at The Golf Club at Vistoso, which is a par 72, 6,250 yard course in Tucson.

NM State women's golf team is off to a good start, this spring ranking in at No.55 and placing higher than No.23 Washington, which placed 11th, No.48 San Diego State which placed ninth, and No.37 Oklahoma State which placed 13th.

"We played in the wind to day but it was a good experience," head Coach Paul Brilliant said. "The good teams pulled away but it shows that we can play with some of the best teams in the nation."

The score of 913 placed the Aggies higher than San Jose State, who won the WAC Championship in 2009 and 2010, Idaho and Hawaii, who are also in the WAC. It was Arizona who won with a score of 875. On the individual side Arizona's Isabelle Boineau took first place with a four- under- par 212.

NM State's Suterra Chananchai was the highest finisher for the Aggies placing tenth with a five- over- par 221, making this her best finish since the 2008-09 season. Chanatchi has 36 pars and eight birdies throughout the tournament. Apinporn Swaschuto, a senior, tied for 28th with a 13- over- par 229. Swaschuto had 32 pars in the three round tournament. With the 72 that she picked up in the first round she now has a total of four par rounds or better in her career.

"Our seniors played well in this tournament, which is expected and we will continue to look to them throughout the remainder of the season." Brilliant said.

Freshman Demi Mak tied for 34th with a 15-over-par 231,while Buz Bowerman- Ritchie, also a senior on the team, tied 64th with a 25-over-par 241. Junior Ashley Elias tied for 70th with a 28-over-par 244.

Aggies will be back in action on February 14-15 at the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach, California.