New Mexico went wire-to-wire to win its third straight Mountain West Conference Championship on Saturday.
The Lobos, No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 34-over 898 and defeated No. 25 TCU by nine strokes at Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.
Jodi Ewart, sixth in Golfweek’s rankings, shot a final-round 71 to win the individual title for the third time in four years. It was the fifth win of her career, and the first since the ’09 Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Ewart finished at 1-over 217, four shots ahead of TCU’s Rachel Raastad. New Mexico’s Rebecca Hellbom was another shot back at 222, and Wyoming’s Jonelle Martinez and BYU’s Maggie Yuan tied for fourth at 227.
New Mexico had posted just one top-5 finish this spring, a fourth-place showing last week at the ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. But the Lobos showed good form all week in California, leading each of the three rounds to win their third consecutive Mountain West title and seventh in the past 11 seasons. Colorado State finished third at 54-over 914, and UNLV came in at 928.