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Third-ranked Women's Golf Travels To Hawai'i For Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/10/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 10, 2004

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NEXT IN LOBO WOMEN'S GOLF

No. 3 New Mexico at Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational

WHEN: March 16-17 - Hosted by University of Hawai'i

WHERE:Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course - Kaneohe Bay, Hawai'i (Par 72 - 5,574 yards)

THE FIELD (Rankings - Golf Week): Arkansas State, Hawai'i, Iowa, Nevada, No. 3 New Mexico, Osaka Gakuin, Pepperdine, San Diego State, TCU, Washington State, Weber State

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

Tuesday, March 16 - 36 holes
Wednesday, March 17 - 18 holes

RESULTS: Full Lobo recap and results of each round at www.GoLobos.com. Results also available at www.uhathletics.hawaii.edu.

THIRD-RANKED LOBOS HEAD TO HAWAI'I - The New Mexico women's golf team, ranked third in the nation, heads to Hawai'i for spring break to participate in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational March 16-17 in Oahu. The Lobos last played over a month ago at the Northup Grumman Regional Challenge (Feb. 9-11), where they took second place out of 15 teams.

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The Lobos have been ranked in the Top 10 for 22 consecutive weeks and are currently ranked third in the nation.
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UNM will be looking for its fourth tournament title of the season, with three wins coming in the fall season. The Lobos are the only ranked team in the 11-team field. New Mexico will shoot 36 holes on Tuesday, March 16 and finish the tournament with 18 holes on Wednesday, March 17.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE - The Lobos are ranked No. 3 in the lastest Golf Week/Sagarin rankings, released March 8. It is the highest ranking of the season for UNM, who has been ranked in the top 10 for 22 consecutive weeks.

Individually, four Lobos are ranked in the top 100 (Kailin Downs - 25th; Katrina Leckovic - 38th; Ashley Rollins - 40th; Shannon Johnson - 61st). Christine Fernandez was also ranked at 102nd.

BY THE NUMBERS -

* New Mexico is ranked third in the nation; second in the West Region

* UNM is 76-13 vs. all-opponents in tournament play

* The Lobos are 31-13 vs. Top 25 opponents; 59-13 vs. Top 50 opponents; and 74-13 vs. Top 100 opponents

* UNM's schedule is ranked the 18th most difficult in the nation

* The Lobos rank third in the nation in greens in regulation (.658) and fourth in total short game (.520). They are second in subpar strokes per round (2.36), second in par-5 scoring (4.97) and third in par-4 scoring (4.21).

* Kailin Downs is fourth in the nation in greens in regulation (.741).

DOWNS LEADS LOBOS IN SCORING AVERAGE - Kailin Downs continues to lead the Lobos this season with a 74.1 scoring average. She set school records for scoring average her freshman (74.9) and sophomore (74.0) years. The junior record is 74.6.

Downs was named the MWC Women's Golfer of the Month in September after winning her first career tournament at the Dick McGuire Invitational. It marked 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 25th in the nation by Golf Week and 23rd by Golf Stat. In addition to her win at the McGuire, Downs placed in a tie for second at the Landfall Tradition and tied for fourth at the Regional Challenge. Overall, she has placed in the top-five on 11 occasions during her career. 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. She is currently fourth in the nation in greens in regulation with a .741 rating.

LECKOVIC WINS SECOND TOURNAMENT TITLE - Senior Katrina Leckovic saved the best for last as she established a new personal best with a score of 213 at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown, which was good for first place and her second career tournament championship. For her efforts, she was named the MWC Golfer of the Month for November. Leckovic also had two top-10 finishes earlier in the season at the McGuire Invitational and the Stanford Intercollegiate, where she finished in a tie for ninth at both tournaments. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native is the reigning Mountain West Champion after claiming medalist honors at the conference championships last spring. She is ranked 38th by Golf Week and 39th by Golf Stat.

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, has lived up to the hype in her first season as a Lobo. Rollins led the Mountain West with a 73.2 stroke average in September and is ranked the 40th 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. She had another top-10 showing at the Landfall Tradition, where she placed in a tie for eighth. Rollins also fired a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

Freshman Ashley Rollins is ranked 40th in the nation.


NEW ADDITION - Freshman Giselle Claux, a native of Lima, Peru, joined the Lobos for the spring season after sitting out fall competition. A talented golfer with international experience, Claux competed for the Peruvian National Team in several Junior South American tournaments. She placed fourth at the 2003 Junior South American tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay.

FALL RECAP: LOBOS WIN THREE TOURNAMENTS, TWO GOLFERS EARN PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS - The Lobos wrapped up one of their most successful fall seasons in school history with three tournament titles and two individuals taking medalist honors. The Lobos claimed the Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 25-27) at their home course in Albuquerque, the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) in Wilmington, N.C., and the Las Vegas Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown (Nov. 10-12) in Henderson, Nev. UNM repeated as champions of the Vegas Showdown and won its third consecutive McGuire Invitational. The Lobos finished sixth in the Golf Week fall rankings.

Individually, junior Kailin Downs tied the 54-hole record at the McGuire Invitational with a score of 70-68-74-212 (-7) en route to claiming her first career individual championship. Senior Katrina Leckovic took home her second career title with a two-stroke win at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

The Lobos also had strong showings at their other two tournaments. New Mexico opened the season at the NCAA Preview (Sept. 12-14) in Opelika, Ala., site of the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The tournament gave the Lobos a chance to play the difficult course with some of the nation's top teams, as 17 of the 18 teams were ranked in the preseason Top 25. The Lobos finished strong in the last round of the tournament to finish ninth overall. UNM placed fifth at the Stanford Intercollegiate Oct. 17-19.

LAST TIME OUT:

LOBOS START SPRING SEASON WITH STRONG SECOND PLACE FINISH AT REGIONAL CHALLENGE (Feb. 9-11) - The sixth-ranked New Mexico women's golf team finished in second place at the prestigious Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge with a score of 299-305-304--908 (+56). The Lobos placed ahead of five top 10 teams, including No. 3 Arizona, No. 5 California, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Florida.

No. 2 UCLA claimed the Regional Challenge title with a commanding score of 286-293-297--876 (+24). UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas won medalist honors with a 6-under 207 (66-69-72).

Kailin Downs moved up four spots to place in a tie for fourth after firing a 2-over 73 in the final round. She finished with score of 70-78-73--221 (+8), good for her 11th career top-five finish.

Katrina Leckovic (75-78-77--230) and Ashley Rollins (79-74-77--230) each shot a 6-over 77 in the third round, putting them at 17-over for the tournament and in a tie for 26th place. Christine Fernandez produced her best round of the tournament on Wednesday to move up five spots in a tie for 34th (78-78-77--233). Shannon Johnson (76-75-87--238) finished in a tie for 47th.

NOTEWORTHY - LOBO QUICK NOTES

Freshman Giselle Claux (Lima, Peru)
* Joined the team in the spring after sitting out fall competition

Junior Kailin Downs (Bend, Ore.) * Ranked 25thby Golf Week * Ranked 23rd by Golf Stat * Leads team with a 74.1 average (junior record is 74.6) * Fourth in the nation in greens in regulation (.741) * Eleven career top-five finishes * Tied for fourth at the Regional Challenge with an 8-over 221 * Tied for second with a 1-over 217 at the Landfall Tradition * 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 * 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.) * Season-high eighth-place finish with a 4-over 220 at the Las Vegas Showdown * Tied for 15th place at the Landfall Tradition * Tied for 20th place at the Dick McGuire Invitational * 2002-03 WAC Freshman of the Year at Tulsa * Ranked 102nd by Golf Week * Ranked 121st by Golf Stat

Shannon Johnson (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) * Ranked 61st by Golf Week * Ranked 68th by Golf Stat *Carded a personal-best 216 to tie for third, a career best, at Las Vegas Showdown * Fired a 218 at McGuire Invitational to place fifth * Shot a season-best round of 70 in the final round of the Stanford Intercollegiate to finish tied for 20th

Katrina Leckovic (Sr., Burnaby, British Columbia) * Ranked 38th by Golf Week * Ranked 39th by Golf Stat * Won her second career tournament title with a 3-under 213 at the Las Vegas Showdown. The 54-hole total of 213 also established a personal-best score for Leckovic. * Named MWC Golfer of the Month for November * Tied for ninth at the Dick McGuire Invitational * Shot a two-under 214 to tie for ninth at the Stanford Intercollegiate * Medalist honors at the 2003 MWC Championships

Kellyn Newman (Sr., Mesa, Ariz.) * Competed as an individual at the Dick McGuire Invitational and Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown

Ashley Rollins (Fr., Austin, Texas) * Ranked 40th by Golf Week * Ranked 41st by Golf Stat * Placed 12th at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown * Tied for eighth at the Landfall Tradition * Seventh-place finish at Dick McGuire Invitational * Tied for 15th at NCAA Preview, the best finish for a Lobo at the tournament * Shot a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at the Stanford Intercollegiate * 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 * Tied for 52nd as an individual at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown * Ranked 147th by Golf Stat

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