Las Cruces, N.M. – The UTEP women’s golf team remains in control through 36 holes at the NM State Aggie Invitational, extending its lead to a comfortable 16-stroke advantage on Tuesday afternoon.
The Miners sit comfortably in first place (290-290—580) with a 16-stroke lead over second place NM State (297-299—596). Utah Valley (299-298—596), California Baptist (294-304—598) and Fresno State (297-302—599) round out the top-five.
Sophomore Valeria Mendizabal continues to lead the Miners sitting at the top of the helm. Mendizabal finished the day shooting one-under par 71, putting her at 4-under 69 through two rounds. The Guatemala native registered four birdies, including an eagle on the 11th hole. Mendizabal (69-71—140) increased her individual lead to three strokes.
Senior Lily Downs moved up eight spots and sits tied for second place, shooting at even-par 72. Downs (72-71—143) finished the day with two birdies. She’s tied with NM State’s Dominique Galloway (71-72—143), Southern Utah’s Chanikan Yongyuan (71-72—143) and Utah Valley’s Nathalie Irlbacher (72-71—143).
UTEP’s Shannon O’Dwyer (72-75—147) is tied for 10th place. O’Dwyer highlighted her day with an impressive fourth-hole eagle, her first of the season. Audrey Haddad (77-73-150) is tied for 22nd overall and Abbie Anghelescu (78-79—157) is tied for 56th.
Competing as individuals, the Miners’ Crystal Wu (74-78-152) is tied for 35th and Taylor Stone (85-81—166) is tied for 82nd place.
The tournament will wrap up on Wednesday with the final round set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.