Women's Golf: Lobos Set for ASU Invitational
Update: The University of New Mexico women’s golf team will travel to Tempe, Ariz. and the 2003 PING/ASU Invitational, Apr. 4-6. The tournament will be played at Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University.
Format: The tournament consists of 18 holes with an 8 a.m starting time on Fri., and Sat. followed by a 7:30 a.m. start on Sunday. The Karsten Golf Course plays to a par 72 on 6,183 yards.
Live tournament stats may be followed at golfstat.com.
Tournament Field: There will be 16 teams participating in the ASU Invitational including: host Arizona State, Arizona, California, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Stanford, Texas, TCU, Tulsa, UCLA, USC and Washington.
Lobo Lineup: The UNM lineup for the ASU Invite is as follows: Kailin Downs, Katrina Leckovic, Christina Spence and Shannon Johnson. Kristi Larsen is tentatively scheduled in the lineup but suffered a sprained ankle at the UCLA Bruin Classic and my not travel. In this case - Kellyn Newman or Kelli Van Winkle will replace Larsen in the lineup.
New Mexico in the Rankings: In the latest poll released on Mar. 31 by GolfWeek Magazine, UNM drops climbs two spots to No. 11. The Lobos are also listed at No. 13 in both the GolfDigest Women’s Coaches Poll of Mar. 28 and in GolfStat NCAA stats (Mar. 25).
In GolfWeek individual rankings sophomore Kailin Downs ranks No. 23 in the nation. Throughout the season, Downs has ranked as high as No. 17 and no lower than No. 50. Sophomore Christina Spence climbs into the top-100 at No. 99. Junior Katrina Leckovic comes in at No. 103 while sophomore Shannon Johnson ranks No. 131. Junior Kellyn Newman is listed at No. 429 with freshman Kelli Van Winkle listed at No. 888.
Junior Kristi Larsen who has not participated in enough tournament rounds to qualify for rankings.
Last Time • UCLA Bruin Classic Recap (Mar. 24-26): The 13th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team finished in a tie for third place with Texas Tech at the 2003 Pioneer Electronics UCLA Women’s Golf Classic. The Lobos shot a final round 304 to finish with a tournament score of 917 (+53).
Taking tournament honors was Pepperdine who finished with a 898 followed by USC (900), New Mexico and Texas Tech tied at 917, followed by California who rounded out the top five with a 918.
Setting the pace for the Lobos was junior Katrina Leckovic who finished tied for ninth with a three-round score of 226 (75-78-73). Leckovic shot a final round 73 (+1). Her ninth place was her second best performance of the year (T4th at the Stanford Invite).
UNM’s Kailin Downs, a sophomore, finished tied for 15th with a 228 (73-78-77 • +12). Sophomore Christina Spence placed tied for 26th with a 233 (79-78-76 • +17). Sophomore Shannon Johnson saved her best for last as she shot her best round of the tournament with a final round 78. Johnson finished tied for 59th with a 241 (80-83-78 • +25). Lobo junior Kristi Larsen withdrew in the final round with a sprained ankle.
The tournament was held at the Robinson Ranch Valley Course which played to a par 72 on 6,254 yards.
Individual Notes: (alphabetical order) Kailin Downs •in 15 rounds this season stroke average stands at 73.9 •finished in fourth place in the final three tournaments of the fall season •was named September 2002 Mountain West Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month for her performance at the McGuire (5th place finish out of 105 golfers) •leads the MWC in stroke average (73.3) •shot a career low tournament score fo 216 at the UNLV Showdown (76-70-70) •placed in Top-5 individually in four tournaments; top-15 in the other •is listed No. 23 in GolfWeek individual rankings •along with teammate Spence was named Dollar Rent-a-Car Academic Athlete of the Year for Women’s Golf
Shannon Johnson •played in five out of seven events for the Lobos this season •stroke average is 77.1 •shot a season low round of 71 in the second round of the UNLV Collegiate Showdown •best finish of the season was an 8th place at the 2002 McGuire •is listed No. 8 in MWC stroke average •is ranked No. 131 in GolfWeek individual poll (Mar. 31)
Kristi Larsen •came back from a hand injury to win the UNLV Collegiate Showdown in a playoff situation •her individual medalist honor at UNLV was the first tournament win for the junior at UNM •finished with a collegiate tournament low score of 215 (-1) •her final round 69 (-3) is a season low •Larsen was awarded the Leslie Self Inspirational Award - presented to UNM female student-athletes on an annual basis based on leadership, character, determination and commitment to team. Larsen was recognized during a men’s basketball pregame ceremony.
Katrina Leckovic •her tied for fourth place finish at the Stanford Invitational is the best at UNM •70 scored at the Stanford Invite (2nd rd.) and Kent Youel (3rd rd.) ties her collegiate low round •her tournament score of 220 at the Stanford Invite tied her best performance scored at the 2001 McGuire •season stroke average is 75.4, third best on the team •lists third in conference stroke average •is ranked No. 103 in the Nation in GolfWeek rankings •Led the Lobo charge at the UCLA Bruin Classic finishing tied for 9th out of 100 golfers
Kellyn Newman •participated in four tournaments in the fall •stroke average stands at 80 •scored a career low round of 72 in the first round of the NMSU Intercollegiate •Newman’s tied for 44th place was a season best performance scored at the Kent Youel Invite •is ranked No. 22 in MWC stroke average
Christina Spence •scored a collegiate career low round of 71 of the second round of the UNLV Collegiate Showdown •also scored a collegiate tournament low score of 224 in Las Vegas •season stroke average is 75.9 •best collegiate finish of tied for 7th scored at the UNLV Collegiate Showdown •ranks No. 4 in MWC season stroke average •one of three Lobos to compete in every tournament during the fall season •is nationally ranked at No. 99, one of two Lobos in the top-100 •along with teammate Downs was named Dollar Rent-a-Car Academic Athlete
Kelli Van Winkle
•played in two tournaments during the fall schedule - the McGuire (as an individual) and at the Kent Youel Invitational
•scored a season low round of 76 in the second round of the Kent Youel Invitaional
•season stroke average is 84.1
•qualified for the Lady Gamecock ClassicA