Women's Golf: Lobos Travel to Las Cruces for NMSU Golf Intercollegiate
Update: The University of New Mexico women’s golf team will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. and the NMSU Women’s Golf Intercollegiate, Oct. 7-9. The tournament will be played at the NMSU Golf Course.
Format: The tournament consists of 18 holes each day.
Tournament Field: There will be 20 teams participating in the NMSU Invite including: Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Baylor, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, New Mexico, New Mexico State, New Orleans, North Texas, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, UNLV, UTEP, Western New Mexico.
Lobo Lineup: The UNM lineup for the NMSU Invite is as follows: Kailin Downs, Shannon Johnson, Katrina Leckovic, Christina Spence, Kellyn Newman.
New Mexico in the Rankings: In the latest poll released on Sept. 30 the New Mexico Lobos are ranked No. 6 by GolfWeek Magazine. UNM was ranked No. 26 in the preseason poll.
In individual rankings four Lobos are ranked in the top-100 including sophomore Kailin Downs who ranks the highest at No. 19. Sophomore Shannon Johnson follows at No. 47, junior Katrina Leckovic is No. 53 and sophomore Christina Spence is ranked No. 65.
Last Time Out • 2002 McGuire Results: The University of New Mexico Lobos took tournament honors at the 24th Annual Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational held Sept. 26-28 at the UNM Championship Golf Course. The tournament field was comprised of 19 teams plus several individuals.
The Lobos captured the title by a seven-stroke margin over Washington and Pepperdine, 891 to 898. It was the second straight McGuire title for New Mexico. Battling cool and blustery conditions most of the final round, the Lobos led from wire-to-wire in the 24th annual tournament that featured 19 teams. UNM also won the team title in 1986.
New Mexico played without its top player, Kristi Larsen, who is sidelined with a broken hand. UNM was led by sophomore Kailin Downs, who finished in fifth place at even-par 219. The five-person winning Lobo team was comprised of three sophomores and two juniors.
“We were nervous at the start of the turn because Washington was making a run,” said UNM head coach Jackie Booth. “But we fought back and showed a lot of character. The win last year was big for us, but we only had eight teams participating. It was real important for us to win with a full field. We wanted to win and repeat, not only for oursleves, but to prove to this field that we will be a national contender this year.”
Head Coach Jackie Booth: Head coach Jackie Booth starts her sixth year with the UNM women’s golf program. Booth led the Lobos to postseason action for the fifth straight time in her five year tenure. While under Booth’s tutelage the Lobos have three-straight MWC Women’s Golf Championships and her athletes have captured Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Last season Booth was named 2002 MWC Coach of the Year - her second straight honor at UNM.