No. 4 Lobo Women's Golf Resumes Action At Stanford/Pepsi Women's Intercollegiate This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/14/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 14, 2003

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EVENT: No. 4 New Mexico at Stanford/Pepsi Women's Intercollegiate

WHEN: Oct. 17-19

WHERE: Stanford Golf Course - Stanford, Calif. (Par 72 - 6,168 yards)

THE FIELD (Rankings - Golf Week): No. 2 Arizona, Arizona State, No. 6 California, No. 1 Duke, No. 4 New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, No. 17 Pepperdine, San Jose State, No. 25 Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, No. 19 Tulsa, No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State


-Friday, Oct. 17 & Saturday, Oct. 18 - 8 a.m. PT (1st & 10th tees)

-Sunday, Oct. 19 - 8:30 a.m. PT (Shotgun start)


-Complete results at conclusion of each round at gostanford.com

-Full Lobo recap of each round at golobos.com

LOBOS RETURN TO ACTION AFTER RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE AT McGUIRE INVITATIONAL - The fourth-ranked New Mexico women's golf team will hit the course for the first time in three weeks as it participates in the 18-team Stanford/Pepsi Women's Intercollegiate this weekend (Oct. 17-19) in Palo Alto, Calif. The tournament will be another tough test for the Lobos as nine of the 18 teams are ranked in top 25 of the latest Golf Week ratings, including No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 California.

The last out time out (Sept. 25-27), the Lobos claimed their third consecutive Dick McGuire Invitational championship - the first school in the history of the 25-year tournament to do so - and set a new UNM Championship Course record with a three-round total of 871. Junior Kailin Downs took home medalist honors for the first time in her career, tying a 54-hole course record with a score of 212. She also established a new 36-hole mark with a two-round total of 168.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE - After its record-setting performance at the Dick McGuire Invitational, the Lobos vaulted 21 spots to No. 4 in the Golf Week/Sagarin ratings. The Lobos are ranked second by Golf Stat with a 74.77 average score, with Duke No. 1 at 72.63.

Individually, freshman Ashley Rollins leads the pack at No. 15, while four other Lobos are ranked in the top 100 (Kailin Downs - 28th; Christina Spence - 34th; Shannon Johnson - 60th; Katrina Leckovic - 69th).

DOWNS NAMED MWC GOLFER OF THE MONTH - Kailin Downs was named the MWC Women's Golfer of the Month for September after winning her first career tournament at the Dick McGuire Invitational. This marks the fourth time she has won the award. Downs was the only player in the conference to earn Golfer of the Month honors twice in 2002-03 (September and April). As a freshman, Downs garnered Golfer of the Month honors in October of 2001.

Downs is ranked 28th in the nation in the latest Golf Week ratings. The two-time Mountain West Player of the Year was named one of the Top 10 players in the nation to watch (No. 7) by Golf Digest and a preseason All-American by Golf Week.

ASHLEY'S ROLLIN' - Heralded freshman Ashley Rollins, who made the cut at the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur and won all four of her matches at the AJGA Canor Cup, is living up to the hype in her first tournaments as a Lobo. Rollins currently leads the Mountain West with a 73.2 stroke average and is ranked the No. 15 player in the nation by Golf Week. One of the top recruits in Coach Booth's tenure, Rollins tied for 15th in her first tournament at NCAA Preview and followed that effort with a seventh-place finish at the Dick McGuire Invitational.

LOBOS PRODUCE RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE IN CLAIMING THIRD STRAIGHT McGUIRE INVITATIONAL (Sept. 25-27) - The New Mexico women's golf team became the first school to claim three straight Dick McGuire Invitational titles after shooting a course-record five-under 295-281-295-871 for the three-day tournament, which took place Sept. 25-27 at the UNM Championship Golf Course. Kailin Downs tied the 54-hole record with a score of 70-68-74-212 (-7) en route to claiming her first career individual championship.

UNM, which led the entire tournament, bested second-place Oklahoma State by 16 strokes (300-285-302-887) to win its fourth Dick McGuire Invitational in school history. Tulsa took third with a score of 310-288-304-902. The Lobos also set UNM Championship Course team records for 36 holes (576) and 18 holes (281).

Downs was tied with Karin Sjodin of Oklahoma State after 15 holes, but Downs birded the par-4 16th hole to take the lead. Downs scored a par on the final two remaining holes while Sjodin collected a double-bogey on the par-5 18th to end her title chances.

All five Lobo starters finished in the top 20. Shannon Johnson shot a two-under 71 in the final round, the best score of the day, to place a career-high fifth for the invitational (75-72-71-218). Ashley Rollins placed seventh with a score of 74-73-73-220 (+1) and senior Katrina Leckovic tied for ninth with a score of 76-69-77-222 (+3). Sophomore Christine Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) tied for 20th place (77-72-77-226).

Christina Spence, who competed as an individual, took eighth place with a 74-74-73-221 (+2). Two other Lobos competed as individuals: Kellyn Newman (T57th, 80-78-81-239) and Kelli Van Winkle (T85th, 87-71-92-250).

NCAA PREVIEW REWIND (Sept. 12-14) - The New Mexico women's golf team jumped five spots in the final round to finish ninth at the prestigious NCAA Preview Tournament Sept. 14 at the Grand National Course in Opelika, Ala. The Lobos shot a 290 in the last round - the third-best round of the day - to finish with a three-round total of 310-305-29 -- 905 (+41). UNM dramatically improved its scores each day to finish in the top-10 of the elite 18-team tournament, in which 17 of the 18 teams were ranked in the Golf Digest Preseason Top 25.

No. 1 Duke claimed the tournament championship with a playoff-hole victory over host and ninth-ranked Auburn. Both schools finished with three-round scores of 870 (+6). Carolina Liano of Pepperdine claimed medalist honors with a total of 70-75-66=211 (-5).

Talented freshman Ashley Rollins, who made the cut at this summer's U.S. Women's Amateur, lived up to the hype in her first tournament as a Lobo with a 15th-place finish (74-75-70 -- 219). Rollins carded a team-best 70 (-2) on Sunday to finish +3 for the tournament.

Kailin Downs, who struggled in the first round with an 83, finished strong with a final round of 73 (+1). Downs completed the tournament tied for 48th (83-75-73 -- 231).

Christine Fernandez, also competing in her first tournament as a Lobo after transferring from Tulsa, shot even-par in the last round after two rounds of 80. Fernandez finished tied for 53rd (80-80-72 -- 232).

Katrina Leckovic was UNM's second-highest finisher after placing 45th. Leckovic shot her best round of the tournament in the final round (75) to finish at +14 (76-70-75 --230). Junior Shannon Johnson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) placed 56th with a score of 80-76-77 -- 233 (+17).


Junior Kailin Downs (Bend, Ore.)

* Ranked 28th by Golf Week * Ranked 23rd by Golf Stat * Tied for second in the MWC in stroke average (73.8) * Named MWC Golfer of the Month for September (Fourth time in her career) * Claimed first career tournament championship with win at McGuire Invitational * Tied 54-hole record at UNM Championship Course with a seven-under 212 at McGuire Invitational * Set 36-hole record at UNM Championship Course with a score of 70-68--168 at McGuire Invitational * Shot a personal best 68 in the second round of the McGuire Invitational * Nine career top-five finishes * Golf Week Preseason All-American * Ranked one of the top 10 women's golfers in the nation (No. 7) to watch according to Golf World * First golfer to be named MWC Golfer of the Year in consecutive years (2001,'02) * First golfer in MWC history to earn Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in same season (2001) * Ranked No. 1 sophomore in the nation (2002-03) according to Golf Stat. * Established new best stroke averages at UNM as a freshman (74.9) and sophomore (74.0)

Christine Fernandez (So., Henderson, Nev.) * Tied for 20th place at the Dick McGuire Invitational * 2002-03 WAC Freshman of the Year at Tulsa * Ranked 110th by Golf Week * Ranked 147th by Golf Stat

Shannon Johnson (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) * Ranked 60th by Golf Week * Ranked 66th by Golf Stat * Fifth in the MWC in stroke average (75.2) * Fired a personal best 218 at McGuire Invitational to place a career-high fifth

Katrina Leckovic (Sr., Burnaby, British Columbia) * Ranked 69th by Golf Week * Ranked 74th by Golf Stat * Sixth in the MWC in stroke average (75.3) * Medalist honors at the 2003 MWC Championships

Ashley Rollins (Fr., Austin, Texas) * Leads MWC in stroke average (73.2) * Ranked 15th by Golf Week * Ranked 16th by Golf Stat * Seventh-place finish at Dick McGuire Invitational * Tied for 15th at NCAA Preview, the best finish for a Lobo at the tournament * Made the cut at the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur * Won all four matches at the UJGA Canor Cup * Named of the top 10 players of the year in 2002 by Golf Digest

Christina Spence (Jr., Port Alberni, British Columbia) * Placed eighth at the Dick McGuire Invitational as an individual * Ranked 34th by Golf Week