Aztec Women's Golf Edges Wyoming For Sixth Place At The 2007 MWC Championships

April 21, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah -

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The San Diego State women's golf team took sixth place at the 2007 Mountain West Conference championships after logging a final round 318 Saturday morning in St. George, Utah. The Aztecs began the final 18 holes in a tie for sixth place with Wyoming, but managed to edge the Cowgirls by a single stroke with a 54-hole total of 104-over 956 at the par-71 6,210 Entrada at Snow Canyon.

Six of the seven spots in the final team standings were decided by a single stroke, including the race for the conference championship. TCU mounted a furious rally, winning the title by one stroke over BYU, which held a six-stroke advantage heading into the final day of competition. The Lady Frogs posted a 51-over 903, including a final round 297. The Cougars also lost the individual title, as Rachel Newren, the leader through the first 36 holes, slipped from first to third place. New Mexico's Jodi Ewart claimed medalist honors by one stroke over TCU's Valentine Derrey with a 7-over 220.

The race for sixth place came down to the final hole for the Aztecs and Cowgirls. SDSU sophomore Maki Kamimura (West Covina, Calif.) double-bogeyed the par-4 18th, which was just good enough to hold off Wyoming, as Cowgirl Laura Mengelkamp notched a par on the last hole, leaving the Aztecs with the one-stroke cushion.

SDSU junior Kim Carmody (Palatine, Ill.) fired a team tournament-best for the second straight day with a 5-over 76 to finish in a tie for 17th place at 24-over 237. Carmody, who jumped six spots on the individual leaderboard, had two birdies on the back nine, including on the difficult 18th hole. Kamimura, meanwhile, placed 19th, just one stroke behind Carmody with a 238, including a 79 in the final 18.

Sophomore Alana Erlandson (Palm Desert, Calif.) produced her best round of the event with a 79, tallying three of her four birdies in the first seven holes, to finish tied for 21st at 27-over 240. Redshirt sophomore Jackie Kazarian (Dana Hills, Calif.) was at 9-over on the day entering the 18th hole, but carded a nine on the par-four hole to record an 85. Kazarian's three-day total of 31-over 244 put her in 27th place.

Senior Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.) also struggled in the final 18 holes with an 84, including two straight double bogeys to end the day. Oliver was forced to withdraw from Thursday's first round due to illness but managed to bounce back a day later to post a 78.

The bids for the NCAA regionals, slated for May 10-12 in three locations across the country, will be announced Mon., April 30.

Final-round scores with relation to par April 21, at the 2007 MWC Championships, played at the par-71, 6,210-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah.

Team Scores 
1 TCU			300-306-297-903 (+51)
2 BYU			294-306-304-904 (+52)
3 New Mexico		314-304-308-926 (+74)
4 UNLV			317-320-311-948 (+96)
5 Colorado State		315-312-322-949 (+97)
6 San Diego State 	324-314-318-956 (+104)
7 Wyoming		321-317-319-957 (+105)

Top Five Individuals 1. Jodi Ewart, New Mexico 77-71-72-220 (+7) 2. Valentine Derrey, TCU 76-72-73-221 (+8) 3 Rachel Newren, BYU 72-74-77-223 (+10) 4. Catherine Matranga, TCU 72-78-76-226 (+13) Natasha Krishna, UNLV 77-73-76-226 (+13)

San Diego State T17. Kim Carmody 83-78-76-237 (+24) 19. Maki Kamimura 80-79-79-238 (+25) T21. Alana Erlandson 81-80-79-240 (+27) 27. Jackie Kazarian 80-79-85-244 (+31) DNP. Jamie Oliver WD-78-84

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