Aggie Women's Golf Wins Third Consecutive WAC Title, Montoya Claims Individual Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BLAINE, WA - The New Mexico State Aggies collected a "Three-Pete" on Sunday, as they won their third straight Western Athletic Conference Championship led by WAC Individual Champion Kennedie Montoya.

The Aggies clinched their third-straight title by posting a 3-over 291 in the final round at the Semiahmoo Country Club for an 884 and a 16-stroke lead over Seattle U. at 900. Utah Valley was third at 912.

The Aggies dominated the final round, halted 40 minutes because of thunderstorms, outdistancing the day's next best rounds by 13 strokes.

"I'm so proud of this team," said NM State head coach Jackie Booth. "We were concerned about the wet conditions, but they were just like ducks on a pond. From the very beginning it was theirs to take and they went after it."

Montoya, a sophomore from Thatcher, Ariz., claimed her first tournament win of the season with an even-par 72 to finish at 1-over-par 217, to win the individual championship by two strokes. It was the first Top 10 finish this year for the Aggie who was the 2015 WAC Freshman of the Year at Grand Canyon.

Montoya held off a charge from Aggie senior Viviana Macias of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who fired an even-par 72 to tie for second at 3-over 219. Seattle U.'s Dorsey Addicks, the second round leader, bogeyed the final two holes for a 3-over 75 and match Macias for second.

"Kennedie is such a fiery competitor," said Booth of her WAC Individual Champion. "I've never seen anybody fight the way she does. It was very exciting to watch her play."

Booth added, "She didn't know where she stood. When we told her on the 18th green, she said 'No, really?' She had no idea, it was really fun."

It was a great round for NM State on championship Sunday. The Aggies got the two even-par rounds to go with a 1-over 73 from Valeria Macias and a 2-over 74 from Kacey Dalpes.

Vivi Macias made the shot of the tournament when she aced the 136-yard, par 3 No. 3 before the thunderstorm delay. The hole-in-one was a collegiate first for the senior.

"She had pulled out a 6-iron and I told her it was too much," said Booth. "So she put it away and put a 7-iron in the hole. It was so fun to watch."

Younger sister Vale Macias, a junior, helped sew-up the Aggies team title with her best round of the tourney, a 1-over 73 in the final round. She tied for seventh at 226.

Aggie junior Camille Orito from Fresno, Calif./Clovis West, also tied for seventh, after carding a 6-over 78 in the final round.

The turnaround of the day was by Dalpes, the senior from Alamogordo, N.M. After back-to-back 80s, Dalpes played the par 72, 5,826 yard Semiahmoo CC course at 2-over 74 to finish tied for 18th at 234.

With the win, the Aggies get the WAC automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. The Aggie find out their fate on Monday when the NCAA Regional Selections are announced on the Golf Channel during Golf Central at 4 p.m. Mountain time.

The Aggies won in the awards presentation as well, when the 2016 WAC All-Conference Awards were presented. All five Aggies were named to the All-WAC Team, with NM State taking two of the three special awards.

Viviana Macias was selected as the WAC Player of the Year and first-team All-WAC, with head coach Jackie Booth honored as the WAC Coach of the Year.

Camille Orito was tabbed first team All-WAC, while Valeria Macias, Kacey Dalpes and Kennedie Montoya were named second team All-WAC.

2016 Women's Golf All-Western Athletic Conference

Player of the Year: Viviana Macias, NM State
Coach of the Year: Jackie Booth, NM State

First Team All-WAC
Cynthia Diaz, Missouri-Kansas City
Camille Orito, NM State
Viviana Macias, NM State
Alexus Song, Seattle U
Dorsey Addicks, Seattle U

Second Team All-WAC
Rachel Johnson, Chicago State
Deanna Salvatori, Grand Canyon
Kennedie Montoya, NM State
Valeria Macias, NM State
Kacey Dalpes, NM State
Carly Dehlin, Utah Valley