April 23, 2004
BEND, Ore. - The fifth-ranked New Mexico women's golf team gained a stroke during the second round of the Mountain West Championships after shooting a team-best 6-over 290 on day two, but it still remains in second place, just one shot shy of UNLV, heading into the final round Saturday afternoon. The Lobos, who are seeking a fifth consecutive Mountain West title, are at 291-290-581 (+13) through two rounds, while the Rebels are at 289-291-580 (+12).
Individually, two Lobos are in close contention for medalist honors. Junior Shannon Johnson (71-71) and senior Katrina Leckovic (70-72) are each tied for second with an even-par 142, just two strokes off the pace of leader Margaret Gibby of BYU (70-70-140).
Freshman Ashley Rollins shot a 1-over on Friday, improving to 10th place with an overall score of 75-72-147 (+5). Sophomore Christine Fernandez sits in 13th with a 75-75-150 (+8), while junior Kailin Downs is in a tie for 19th place with an 11-over 153 (78-75).
The event is being held at the par-71, 5,851-yard Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort.
The Lobos will look to capture their fifth straight championship on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Last year, UNM held off UNLV, winning by one stroke on the last hole for the victory. Live stats of the tournament will be available at the Mountain West Conference website (www.TheMWC.com) and at www.GolfStat.com.