MSU Golf: Women Lead After 1 in Albuquerque

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Junior Kellie Martin rattled off consecutive birdies over her final four holes to help Midwestern State jump to the top of the leader board Monday afternoon at the Women's RMAC #2 South Invitational played at the Par-72 UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.
 
Martin's spectacular finish aided the Mustangs to an opening round team total of 302 (+14) just ahead of Metropolitan State (Colo.) (305/+17) and Colorado Mesa (306/+18).
 
"Kellie played solid golf all day when played great the last four holes," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "That's how you win a golf tournament. You have girls step and give great performances."
 
Martin finished the round with a 1-over 73 to match teammate Sierra Campbell as the duo is tied for second place, three strokes behind tournament leading Cha Cha Willhoite of Metro State.
 
"This is a great golf course," Ray said. "It's very challenging. You have to hit fairways because the rough is very deep and bunkers are taller than our girls. Avoiding bunkers is very important on this course. The girls played smart and battled."
 
Freshman May Chimsuti turned in another quality round with a 4-over 76 to tie for sixth, while junior Hayley Dambold contributed the Mustangs' final countable score with an 8-over 80 good for tie for 15th.
 
"I am really proud of how the girls played," Ray said. "We have been looking to play tougher golf courses so they will be able to adjust to different things later in the year. Hopefully, we'll play another solid round and bring home the trophy."
 
Sophomore Sarah Moore battled to an 11-over 83 to tie for 26th, while junior Madison Smith fired an 18-over 90 playing as individual medalist to tie for 52nd.
 
The final round begins Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. (Central Time).

Darkness Halts RMAC South Invitational, Mustangs 8th

Play was halted due to darkness midway through the second round of the RMAC South Invitational Monday night at the Paa-ko Ridge Golf Course in Sandia Park, N.M.

Midwestern State, which posted a 26-over first round team total of 314, stands eighth heading into Tuesday morning with a team score of +38.

The teams are set to complete the second round of play beginning at 9 a.m. (Central Time) before wrapping up the third and final round later in the morning.

The Mustangs (+38) trail tournament leader Regis (Colo.) (+21) by 17 strokes.

The Rangers are trailed by Western New Mexico (+22), Colorado-Colorado Springs (+23), Colorado State-Pueblo (+27), Colorado Christian (+31), Colorado Mesa (+34), Cameron (+37) and MSU.

Freshman Clayton Meyers, who is tied for 21st at 8-over, leads the way for MSU after recovering from an opening round 79 (+7) to go 1-over through the first 10 holes of the second round.

Sophomore Will Mullins fired a 75 (+3) in the first round, but is 6-over through the first 11 holes of the second round to tie for 26th.

Juniors Jared Baker and Thomas Smith carded opening round 80s (+8), while senior Ian Gallagher posted an 83 (+11) to start the day.

Matt Robertson of Regis blitzed the course for an opening round 66 (-6), but was tied at the top of the leader board with Western New Mexico's Thomas Neve at nightfall. Both are through the first 10 holes of the second round.