College Women

Molle's par hands New Mexico the Mountain West title

Manon DeRoey helped New Mexico to the Mountain West Conference Championship.
Manon DeRoey helped New Mexico to the Mountain West Conference Championship.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Mexico used a final-round, 24-over 312 to squeak out a 1-shot victory over San Jose State in the Mountain West Women's Championship on Saturday at the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The Lobos held a two-shot advantage over Fresno State heading into the round and were four clear of the Spartans.

But a pair of over-80 rounds from its starting five left New Mexico susceptible to a comeback, but a 3-over 75 from Sammi Stevens and 4-over 76 by Manon DeRoey were just enough for the conference title.

But the title came down to Manon Molle, who needed a par or better on the final hole to secure the title for the Lobos. A bogey or worse would have locked New Mexico in a tie with San Jose State.

The gutsy par secured New Mexico's first conference title since 2010.

Fresno State's Gudrun Bjorginsdottir posted rounds of 71-71-76 to win the individual title by a single shot over San Diego State's Emma Henrikson and UNLV's Dana Finkelstein.