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Champs again: NM State women's golf win seventh WAC championship in eight years

Amelia McKee picks up a second-place finish as an individual to pace the Aggies

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KERRVILLE, Texas   For the seventeenth time in school history – The NM State women’s golf team is a conference champion.  

The Aggies took home the WAC Women’s Golf Championship title, edging Sam Houston by 3 strokes. Wednesday’s championship marked the seventh time in the last eight WAC Women’s Golf Championships that the Aggies have emerged victorious.  

Amelia McKee led the Aggies throughout the week, finishing in second place for the tournament. Playing in her home state of Texas, McKee finished with an even 216 for the three-day event, shooting 73 (+1) on the final day. 

Alison Gastelum finished the event in fifth place and helped lead the Aggies down the stretch. Birdieing holes 13 and 15, Gastelum helped the Aggies reclaim the lead after Sam Houston briefly drew to a tie.  

The NCAA Women’s Golf Selection Show will take place on Wednesday, April 27.  Beginning at 2:00 PM MT and airing on the Golf Channel, the show will announce which regional site the Aggies will play at. Last year, NM State made the trip to Stanford, California to compete in the NCAA Regionals. 

Round Three 

  • The Aggies clinched the WAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament field after winning the WAC Championship.
  • NM State advances to the 20th regional appearance in school history. 
  • Amelia McKee finished in second place overall, falling just three shots behind the eventual individual champion by three strokes. 
  • Alison Gastelum finished in a tie for fifth place after shooting a 74 in the final round. Entering the day at two-over-par, the Chihuahua, Mexico native rebounded from a rough middle stretch with a pair of birdies on 13 and 15. 
  • Just as they did on the first two days, Valentina Origel and Meiji Tungprapunvong once again matched scores in the final round. The duo matched scores in all three rounds, shooting a 77 in round one, 79 in day two, and 81 in the final round. 
  • Coming into the WAC Women’s Golf Championships ranked No. 114 nationally, the Aggies upset three higher seeds in Sam Houston (No. 56), Grand Canyon (No. 84), and Seattle U (No. 103).

WAC Women’s Golf Championships | NM State Final Results 

  1. NM State | 296 – 301 – 301 = 898 (+34)

Individual 

  1. Amelia McKee | 71 – 72 – 73 = 216 (E)

T5.       Alison Gastelum | 71 – 75 – 74 = 220 (+4) 

T13.     Arantza Armas Stenner | 80 – 75 – 73 = 228 (+12) 

T30.     Meiji Tungprapunvong | 77 – 79 – 81 = 237 (+21) 

T30.     Valentina Origel | 77 – 79 – 81 = 237 (+21)