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Sophomore Brenda Dominguez shot a pair of consistent rounds at the Mustang Intercollegiate to lead the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team into 16th place after the second and final round concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 5,900 yard Palm Valley Golf Club.The Lady Mustangs carded scores of 314-310 for a 624 to finish just two shots back of MSU Denver. Dallas Baptist won the 20-team tournament with a 564 to best the field by six-strokes. DBU also had the top individual in Evelyn Arguelles who tied with Cal Baptist’s Jocelyn Chee Yi Min as both fired four-under 140’s. Arguelles took home the individual title based on having the lowest round of a 68.

Dominguez compiled rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 to tie for 33rd. She posted a pair of birdies during the final round on holes eight and 11. She was near the top of the field in par-five scoring (4.75) and led the team in pars with 24 and in birdies with four. Senior Samantha Hernandez was just a few shots back as she finished with a 154 after rounds of 76 and 78 to tie for 48th. She did well in par-three scoring (3.25) and added 22 pars. Junior Shelby Turner tied for 72nd with scores of 79 and 81 for a 160. She also did her best in par-three scoring compiling a 3.38 average.

Turner tied with Hernandez for the second-most pars on the team with 22. Freshman Lexi Lucero trimmed down a first round 84 with a solid second round 77 for a 161 to tie for 78th. She utilized a pair of birdies on holes five and 11 during the final round. Lucero shot one-over on par-five scoring (5.13) and added three birdies. Rounding out the five for the Lady Mustangs was sophomore Julia Enriquez who shot a 170 with rounds of 84 and 86 to tie for 96th. She tallied 15 pars during the tournament.

As a team, WNMU was 3.45 on par-three, 4.46 on par-four, 5.25 on par-five, along with collecting 100 pars and 10 birdies.

WNMU will now prepare for the Lone Star Conference Championships that will take place Apr. 23-24 at the Diamondback Golf Course in Abilene, Texas.

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