Oct. 28, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO WOMEN'S GOLF:
WHAT: No. 5 New Mexico at Landfall Tradition Collegiate Tournament
WHEN: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
COURSE: The Country Club of Landfall - Jack Nicklaus Course - Wilmington, N.C. (Par 72 - 6043 yards)
THE FIELD (Rankings - Golf Week): Arkansas, Florida State, No. 19 Furman, Indiana, Louisville, No. 5 New Mexico, Penn State, No. 18 Tulane, No. 17 Tulsa, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia, Wisconsin
TEE TIMES: All three rounds between 8-10:06 a.m. ET
RESULTS: Complete results at www.uncm.edu/athletics; full Lobo recap and results of each round at golobos.com
LOBOS VENTURE EAST FOR LANDFALL TRADITION - The fifth-ranked New Mexico women's golf team travels to Wilmington, N.C. for Halloween weekend as it will partcipate in the second-annual Landfall Tradition Collegiate. Round one begins Friday, Oct. 31 at the par-72, 6043-yard Country Club of Landfall's Jack Nicklaus Course and continues Saturday and Sunday.
The Lobos last saw action Oct. 17-19 at the Stanford/Pepsi Women's Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif. New Mexico took fifth in the 18-team field, in which nine teams were ranked in the top 25. Senior Katrina Leckovic was UNM's highest finisher as she shot a two-under 214 to tie for ninth place.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE - The Lobos fell one spot to No. 5 in the latest Golf Week/Sagarin ratings released Oct. 27. Individually, five Lobos are ranked in the top 50 (Christina Spence - 25th; Kailin Downs - 28th; Katrina Leckovic - 36th; Ashley Rollins - 38th; Shannon Johnson - 47th).
BY THE NUMBERS -
- New Mexico is ranked fourth in the West Region
- UNM is 38-12 vs. all-opponents in tournament play
- The Lobos are 18-12 vs. Top 25 opponents; 29-12 vs. Top 50 opponents; and 37-12 vs. Top 100 opponents
- UNM's schedule is ranked the 15th most difficult in the nation
- The Lobos rank first in the nation in greens in regulation (.700) and sixth in total short game (.507)
- Kailin Downs leads the nation in greens in regulation (.796)
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. She currently leads the nation in greens in regulation with a .796 rating.
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 led the Mountain West with a 73.2 stroke average in September and is ranked the No. 38 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 also fired a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
TOURNAMENT RECAPS -
LOBOS TAKE FIFTH AT STANFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE (Oct. 17-19) - The fourth-ranked New Mexico women's golf team placed fifth at the prestigious Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate Oct. 19, in which nine of the 18 teams were ranked in the top 25, including six in the top 10. The Lobos finished with a three-round total of 290-292-293--875 (+11). Top-ranked Duke set a tournament record with an 845 (-19) to capture the team championship. Arizona's Erica Blasberg and Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo shared medalist honors with a seven-under 209.
Katrina Leckovic was UNM's highest finisher as she shot a two-under 214 (72-71-71) to place in a tie for ninth. Shannon Johnson matched her personal-best round of the fall as she carded a 70 in the final round to finished tied for 20th (70-78-70-218). Kailin Downs, the MWC Golfer of the Month for September, placed in a tie for 27th with a score of 73-72-75--220 (+4).
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).
NOTEWORTHY - LOBO QUICK NOTES
Junior Kailin Downs (Bend, Ore.) * Ranked 28th by Golf Week * Ranked 25th by Golf Stat * Leads nation in greens in regulation (.796) * 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 130th by Golf Week * Ranked 151st by Golf Stat
Shannon Johnson (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) * Ranked 47th by Golf Week * Ranked 41st by Golf Stat * Fired a personal best 218 at McGuire Invitational to place a career-high 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 36th by Golf Week * Ranked 32nd by Golf Stat * 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
Ashley Rollins (Fr., Austin, Texas) * Ranked 38th by Golf Week * Ranked 32nd by Golf Stat * Tied for 15th at NCAA Preview, the best finish for a Lobo at the tournament * Seventh-place finish at Dick McGuire Invitational * 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 * Ranked 25th by Golf Week