Lady Bears, Jansen win New Mexico tourney

By Laurean Love

Baylor women’s golf team won its second straight tournament Wednesday at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M., and senior Jaclyn Jansen tied for the individual title and her second career victory.

“I think the momentum from Tuesday’s round paid off and we were trying to build off of that,” head coach Jay Goble said. “We didn’t have a great start, again, and the conditions for the final round were much tougher with the wind. We showed a lot of heart, fighting back from our poor start to shoot a good score. We stepped it up again at the end and made puts when we had to.”

Baylor took the one-stroke victory against Idaho to finish the tournament at 4-under. Baylor and Idaho, who finished 3-under, were the only schools to finish under-par.

“Winning these last two tournaments has been great for us,” Jansen said. “We feel we’re one of the top teams and we have a chance to win every tournament.”

Jansen shares the individual title with Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro shooting a career-low 5-under 211. During the final round, Jansen trailed Mortellaro by one stroke, but shot a 2-under 70 to tie for the individual title.

Last year at Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Jansen set a 18-hole low for Baylor in the first-round with a 65 before finishing the tournament in a tie for second.

“It really was a grind all week because I wasn’t hitting the ball my best,” Jansen said. “But my putter was on and I felt that, if anything was close, I was going to make it. ”

Senior Chelsey Cothran, who led after 18 holes, tied for fifth at 1-under. This tournament will make Cothran’s second consecutive top-five finish.

Freshman Hayley Davis, who recently received Big 12 Golfer of the Month, finished ninth at 2-over. Senior Valerie Sternebeck finished 16th at 5-over. Freshman Stani Schiavone shot 2-under over the final five holes to finish with a final-round 72. Schiavone tied for 37th at 10-over.