Green with envy: Greens at Bookcliff agree with Mustangs’ Beyale

Jessica Berve rebounded Tuesday after struggling Monday in the first round of the Mavericks Invitational at Boockliff Country Club. Berve shot a 74 on Tuesday, good enough to finish seventh with a 155 total.

Not many golfers love the greens at Bookcliff Country Club.

Faylyn Beyale of Western New Mexico University, though, is a big fan.

“I love the greens. I played really well on them,” the sophomore said Tuesday after winning the Mavericks Invitational with a 76, giving her a two-day total of 150.

“They’re real easy to read. The only thing you needed to do with them is have the right speed. Other than that, I loved the greens.”

The Mustangs’ home course plays differently than Bookcliff, but they were more than up to the change.

“Coming from our course to this course, the greens are completely different,” Beyale said. “These, the reads are easy. Back home, it breaks into the hill. Back home, you’re putting thinking it’s going to break off the hill.”

Beyale, who won last week’s RMAC event in Silver City, N.M., edged teammate Jessica Dailleboust by one stroke and another Mustang, Glynnis Price, by another stroke.

The Mustangs ran away with the team title with a two-day team score of 607, a whopping 30 strokes ahead of Mesa State College.

Beyale concentrated on keeping the ball in the fairway to stay out of the deep rough.

“You always have a shot, even into the green,” she said. “I really liked it. Sometimes I left my driver out, even in the middle of the fairway, because I had a really good view into the green.

“The rough is hard to hit out of. (After a shot, I’d think) great, I’m not in the rough. The rough catches your club really good. I think that’s what a lot of girls had trouble with. It’s hard to find your ball in it because sometimes it’s plugged.”

Mesa State’s two top golfers rebounded a bit after shooting 81 on Monday. Jessica Berve shot 74 on Tuesday and finished seventh at 155. Jennifer Hilts shot 79 and was eighth at 160.

Michelle Stripp tied for 12th at 163 and Afton Balling tied for 18th at 165.

Kristina Casillas, who had the Mavs’ best round Monday (76), was disqualified Tuesday. Casillas and her playing partners thought she hit into a water hazard, Mesa State coach Scott Hansen said, so she took a drop, then they found her original ball.

Instead of playing both balls, as the rules allow when a course marshal isn’t available, the players determined Casillas should play her original ball. She picked up her drop and played her first ball.

Once the players finished their round, it was determined Casillas had violated the rules and was disqualified. She had shot an 83, which would have placed her eighth with a 159.

The Mustangs’ depth, with four players consistently shooting in the 70s, is going to be tough to beat.

“Our team is playing incredible right now,” Beyale said. “We kind of dominated (Monday) and came out today hoping we’d do the same.

“We all came out hoping for one of us to win it. Two of us were in a tie for first place yesterday and we told ourselves, it doesn’t matter who wins, as long as it’s someone from our team and we dominate as a team.”


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