Women's Golf News

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Women's Golf News

Swaschuto, Mak And Canan Named To Division I NGCA All-American Scholar Team

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Teams for Division I, II & III were announced Friday, July 8th with a total of 566 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

New Mexico State had three players earn All-American Scholar honors. Senior Apinporn Swaschuto (Individualized Studies), freshman Demi Jun Wi Mak (Foreign Languages) and freshman Mieke Christine Canan (Animal Range Science) were among just eight women's golfers from the Western Athletic Conference to earn the prestigious honor along with three players from Idaho and two from Boise State.

The trio also recently earned Academic All-WAC honors.

Aggie Women's Golf Earns At-Large Invite To NCAA West Regional Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NCAA announced the fields for the 2011 NCAA Regional Tournaments, Monday, April 25 and the New Mexico State women's golf team has been selected to play in the West Regional Tournament, May 5-7.

The Aggies, who were selected as an at-large bid, are making their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance since 2006 when they finished 15. The team is set to join 23 other teams in Auburn, Wash. to play on the par-72, 6,266 yard Washington National Golf Club Course.

"This is exciting for us and we all believe that we worked hard to get to this point," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "This team is capable of so much and I am proud that they are able to compete in this tournament."

Playing for the Aggies in the regional tournament will be seniors Suteera (Pang) Chanachai, Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto, Lauren (Buz) Bowerman-Ritchie, along with junior Ashley Elias and freshman Demi Mak.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Suteera Chanachai Named WAC Golfer Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Suteera Chanachai has been named the Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week for April 4-10.

Chanachai, a senior from Bangkok, Thailand (Demonstration Yamhumghang University), tied for third place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic held April 4-5 in Chandler, Ariz. She shot an even-par 216 (76-67-73) to finish three strokes behind the leaders. Her 67 in the second round was a career-best. Chanachai recorded 10 birdies in the tournament, the second most out of the 122 participants. Her score helped New Mexico State to a second place finish in the 23-team field. It is the first time in her career that Chanachai has won a WAC golfer of the week or month award.

Demi Mak Named WAC Golfer Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State freshman Demi Mak has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week by the league office for her play during the week of March 21-27.

Mak, a freshman from Hong Kong (The International School of Macau), won the BYU at Entrada Classic that was held in St. George, Utah, March 21-22. Mak shot a 2-over par 218 (74-74-70) to win the tournament by four strokes. Her 70 in round three was one of just four under par recorded by anyone in the field of 81 players during the tournament and was a career-low for the freshman.

"Demi is a good player and she has been working hard on improving her game," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "She is very deserving of the award and we are all proud of her. It is exciting to know that she still has three years of eligibility left after this year."  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Women's Golf To Take On The Best This Fall

Written By: Lauren Cordova for NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team will be participating in the Third Annual Golf Week Conference Challenge, Sept. 18-21 at Red Sky Golf Club- Fazio Course in Wolcott, Colo. They will be competing against the top teams from 18 different Division I conferences.

The Aggies will be taking on No. 15 Oklahoma out of the Big 12 conference, followed by the Big East's No. 18 Notre Dame, the Big West's No. 23 UC Davis, Pac-10's No. 29 Oregon, West Coast's No. 31 Pepperdine, No. 32 TCU out of MWC, No. 34 Mississippi out of SEC and No. 39 Denver out of The Sun Belt Conference.

"It is a matter of good recruiting and good coaching, good facilities, and good weather." head coach Brilliant said. The Aggies have improved and moved up in the rankings this year placing them higher then University of New Mexico as well as their I-10 rival UTEP. NM State is ranked 55 out of 254 other teams ranked according to Golfweek.com.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Hard Work Pays Off For NM State Women's Golf Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team heads into the spring season with plenty to be proud of and lots to look forward to as the season opens in Tucson, Ariz., with the Arizona National Invitational, Feb. 7-8.

The Aggies are ranked No. 55 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, ahead of UTEP, New Mexico and defending WAC Champion San Jose State. The lady golfers also posted the highest grade point average of any team on the NM State campus with a 3.59. Head coach Paul Brilliant gives credit to his team because it understands how to manage its time to succeed, not only in golf, but in life.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Former Aggie Women’s Golfers Doing Well for Themselves

Written By: Russell Barnes, NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Golf has expanded greatly over the past decade or so with people of all ages, races and gender picking up the clubs. New Mexico State is one such place that is open to all, as long as they make the cut.

NM State women's golf is far reaching in its search for talent including France, Australia and Hawai'i and is far reaching in its accomplishments as well. Several former players have gone on to have successful golf careers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association and other various tours.

Head coach Paul Brilliant is one reason for a lot of that success. With a coaching career of over twenty years, a few stints with PGA players and tour experience himself; Brilliant has coached such players as LPGA pro Alena Sharp, former LPGA pro A.J. Eathorne and Lehua Wise, who is currently playing on the DURAMED Futures Tour.

"I still follow and talk to a lot of the women," Brilliant said. "Of course I'm still concerned with how they're doing."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Three NM State Women’s Golfers Named To NGCA All-American Scholar Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Three New Mexico State women's golfers were named to the All-American Scholar team selected by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), Monday, July 5.

It is the third consecutive All-American Scholar selection for Maggie Murphy, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Community Health this past May. Murphy, who played 17 rounds for the Aggies in the 2009-10 season, carded an average score of 80.33. With a 3.71 grade point average, Murphy was able to find balance between academics and athletics.

"Maggie (Murphy) is the kind of student-athlete any coach would want on their team," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "She put forth every effort to do as well, if not better, in the classroom as on the course. Maggie is the type of student-athlete that went the extra mile."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

The following is the list of freshmen and transfer honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Thirty Three Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Spring 2010

DENVER, CO - The 2009-10 academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 33 NM State student athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

The women's track and field team led the way with nine honorees followed by baseball with seven. The softball team had five, the women's tennis team had four, the men's tennis and women's golf team had three and the men's golf team had two honorees.

The following is a list of the Aggies' spring sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>