May 18, 2004
AUBURN, Ala. - The New Mexico women's golf team completed first-round play Tuesday in a tie for 16th place at the NCAA Championships on the par-72, 6,215-yard Grand National Lake Course. The Lobos finished their round at 16-over-par 304, tied with North Carolina, and 16 shots behind first-round leader Oklahoma State. Senior Katrina Leckovic led UNM with a 2-over 74, good for a tie for 34th place. New Mexico tees off Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., MDT. Live stats of the tournament are available at www.GolfStat.com.
Duke and UCLA are one shot behind Oklahoma State at 1-over 289. The field is tightly bunched after that as the Lobos are just eight shots out of fourth place held by Ohio State at 8-over 296. Mountain West Conference tournament champion UNLV is 22nd after shooting a 20-over 308.
Individually, it was a good day to be named Allison or Alison. The first-round leader is Ohio State's Allison Hanna, who fired a 3-under 69. She has a one-shot edge over Florida State's Alison Curdt and Michigan State's Allison Fouch. Ashley Gomes, an individual qualifier from San Jose State, also finished with a 2-under 70. Only 10 of the 125 golfers broke par on the day.