Aggies Take Second At Cowgirl Classic; Two Players Finish In Top 10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHANDLER, AZ - The New Mexico State women's golf team placed second at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic beating 21 other teams with a three-round score of 899 (310-288-301) on the par-72, 6,184 yard Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., Tuesday, April 5.

NM State also had two players finish in the top ten out of 122 student-athletes participating in the two-day event. Senior Suteera (Pang) Chanachai carded a career-low 67 in round two of the tournament, making it the third round in her career that she scored in the 60s. She finished the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 in round three to tie for third with an even-par 216. She tied with Portland State's Kalyn Dodge and was one of only four players to finish at or under par in the tournament.

Freshman Demi Mak tied for ninth after she carded two consecutive rounds at or below par as she tallied a 1-under-par 71 in round two and an even par in round three. Mak finished at 6-over-par 222 with eight birdies in three rounds, while Aggie teammate, Chanachai finished with 10 birdies in the tournament.

"It was exciting to see the team bounce back and defeat all the teams we did," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "Pang and Demi played very well in the final two rounds and we should be ready for the WAC Championships next week. We are proud of our team's finish this week and excited to see what we can do in Mesa."

Portland State took home the tournament trophy with an 871, while Britney Yada of PSU won the individual medal on scorecard playoff with a 3-under-par 213. The Aggies finished three strokes ahead of No. 56 BYU ( rankings) and seven strokes ahead of I-10 Rival UTEP, who came in fifth. WAC competitor Boise State finished 11th with a 928.

Seniors Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto and Buz Bowerman-Ritchie finished tied for 23rd and 50th respectively. Swaschuto fired a 12-over-par 228 (76-74-78) and Bowerman-Ritchie scored a 19-over-par 235 (79-76-80). Freshman Mieke Canan finished the fifth tournament of her career tied for 82nd with a 243 (81-84-78) in three rounds of play. Junior Ashley Elias played as an individual this week and tied for 56th with a 237 (81-75-81).

NM State now looks forward to WAC Championships, April 15-17, in Mesa, Ariz. The tournament will be played at the Longbow Golf Course for the second straight year.