April 29, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - New Mexico junior Kailin Downs was named to the United States Team for the 2004 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, the Golf Coaches Association of America recently announced. The 12-member squad consists of eight men's and four women's collegiate players. The event will be held July 13-16 at the Taiheiyou Club Ichihara Course in Chiba, Japan.
A native of Bend, Ore., Downs is a three-time All-Mountain West performer and two-time MWC Player of the Year. She currently leads the Lobos with a 73.63 scoring average and is ranked No. 28 in the nation. Downs, who has 12 career top-five finishes, has led New Mexico this season to its highest seed in school history at No. 4 heading into the NCAA Regional Championships May 6-8. She claimed medalist honors at the 2003 Dick McGuire Invitational for her first tournament win, and has been named MWC Golfer of the Month five times in her career, including twice this season.
The women's team also features Duke's Anna Grzebien, UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas and TCU's Brooke Tull. Grzebien, a native of Narragansett, R.I., has four top-10 finishes in her freshman campaign. Mayorkas was a participant in the 2003 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship and was the only women's player to win all three of her matches. She has four tournament victories this season and was a first-team All-America selection in 2003. Tull is a three-time Conference USA Player of the Year and has one tournament win this season.
The men's team consists of Trent Erb of Oglethorpe, John Holmes of Kentucky, J.J. Jakovic of Chico State, Nolan Martin of Colorado State, Jeff Overton of Indiana, Michael Putnam of Pepperdine, Justin Smith of Minnesota and Peter Tomasulo of California.
Team USA leads the all-time U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship series, 21-7, and has won eight straight competitions.