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Gastelum, McKee lead after day one at WAC championships

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KERRVILLE, Texas  – As the NM State women’s golf team begins the hunt for its seventh WAC Women’s Golf Championship in eight years, a strong start on day one was exactly the place to start. With 18 holes completed, the Aggies sit atop the leaderboard with a five stroke lead over Sam Houston and Seattle U, who are tied for second.  

A pair of Aggies - Amelia McKee and Alison Gastelum – share the top spot on the leaderboard after the opening round. Two more – Valentina Origel and Meiji Tungprapunvong – remain inside the top 20 with a strong first day.  

Round One 

  • Amelia McKee shot two-under on the back nine as she was the first Aggie back to the clubhouse. McKee’s score of 71 (-1) put her in a tie for second place when she completed her round, tied with teammate Alison Gastelum. When the remainder of the field finished, McKee found herself in a tie for first place with Gastelum. 
  • Throughout the day, Gastelum found herself consistently within the top-five of the leaderboard. Late in the round, Gastelum made the climb back to the top, sharing the lead with McKee at the end of the round. 
  • Like McKee and Gastelum, Meiji Tungprapunvong and Valentina Origel sat in a tie at the end of the opening round. Both shooting 77 (+5), the duo sits in a tie for 15th place as the Aggies head into Tuesday’s action. 
  • Arantza Armas Stenner found her stroke on holes 16 and 17, carding back-to-back birdies. The Durango, Mexico native finished the round shooting 80 (+8).
  • NM State leads the nine-team field with 14 birdies as a team. McKee and Tungprapunvong share the individual lead with four apiece.

WAC Women’s Golf Championships | NM State results through day one 

  1. NM State | 296 = 296 (+8)

Individual 

T1.       Alison Gastelum | 71 = 71 (-1) 

T1.       Amelia McKee | 71 = 71 (-1) 

T15.     Meiji Tungprapunvong | 77 = 77 (+5) 

T15.     Valentina Origel | 77 = 77 (+5) 

T35.     Arantza Armas Stenner | 80 = 80 (+8)