Women's Golf: Lobos Qualify for NCAA Regional
Albuquerque -- The 12th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team will play in the NCAA Central Regional May 8-10 at Lincoln, Nebraska. The Lobos will be one of 21 teams competing at the Firethorn Golf Club. The University of Nebraska is the host. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on the advancing teams will move on to the NCAA Championships May 20-23 at West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University.
The Lobos will be joined by Arkansas, Baylor, California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas State, Kent State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Wisconsin and Yale.
The other two regionals are being hosted by Arizona State (West) and Wake Forest (East).
UNM has qualified for regional play all six years under current head coach Jackie Booth. The Lobos last advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2001 when they finished 21st.
New Mexico is coming off its fourth straight Mountain West Conference title last weekend at Bend, Ore. Trailing UNLV by four shots with three holes to play, the resilient Lobos rallied to nip the Rebels by one shot. Junior Katrina Leckovic won her first individual title with a 2-over 216 and was one of four Lobos named to the all-conference team. Booth was named conference coach of the year for the third straight year while sophomore Kailin Downs earned her second consecutive player of the year honor.