March 17, 2004
KANEOHE, Hawai'i - The No. 3 New Mexico women's golf team continues to rack up the hardware this season as it claimed its fourth tournament title Wednesday afternoon at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament. The Lobos dominated the nine-team tournament held at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, winning by 29 strokes. New Mexico finished 25-over for the tournament (304-290-295--889), while San Diego State was a distant second at 54-over (302-299-317--918).
The Lobos have also posted wins this season at the Dick McGuire Invitational, the Landfall Tradition and the Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown.
Individually, two Lobos just missed capturing medalist honors. Junior Kailin Downs (74-73-74) and sophomore Christine Fernandez (77-68-76) both tied for second with a 5-over 221, placing only two strokes back from Washington's Kim Welch, who won the tournament. The second-place finish is a career-best for Fernandez, with her previous best being a third-place finish at the Landfall Tradition last year while still attending the University of Tulsa. For Downs, it marks her 12th career top-five finish.
Freshman Ashley Rollins also posted her best finish of the season, tying for sixth with a 76-75-71--222 (+6). Rollins delivered the best round of the day for the Lobos on Wednesday, carding a 1-under 71.
Senior Katrina Leckovic placed 10th with a 77-74-75--226 (+10), marking her eighth career top-10 finish and fourth of the season.
Junior Shannon Johnson had her best round of the tournament Wednesday afternoon, carding a 3-over 75. She finished with a score of 77-79-75--231 (+15), good for a tie in 16th place. Johnson now has five top-20 finishes this season.
The third-ranked Lobo women's golf team will return to action April 2-4 for the Ping/Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.