Women's Golf: Lobos Travel to 2002 Stanford Pepsi Invitational
Update: The University of New Mexico women’s golf team will travel to Stanford, Calif. and the 2002 Stanford/Pepsi Invitational, Oct. 18-20. The tournament will be played at the Stanford Golf Course. This will be New Mexico’s third tournament of the season.
Format: The tournament consists of 18 holes each day. Start times for the three-day event begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Wednesday. All times listed are Pacific.
Tournament Field: There will be 18 teams participating in the Stanford Pepsi Invitational including: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Georgia, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, host Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State.
Lobo Lineup: The UNM lineup for the Stanford Pepsi 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 Oct. 12 the New Mexico Lobos drop four spots to No. 10 by GolfWeek Magazine.
In individual rankings three Lobos are ranked in the top-100 including sophomore Kailin Downs who ranks the highest at No. 50. Sophomore Shannon Johnson follows at No. 85, junior Katrina Leckovic is right behind Johnson at No. 86, while sophomore Christina Spence is ranked No. 111.
Last Time Out • 2002 NMSU Intercollegiate Results: The University of New Mexico women's golf team finished in third place at the 2002 Price’s Give’em Five Intercollegiate held in Las Cruces, N.M. The Lobos shot a final round 301 to finish with a tournament score of 904, 10 shots behind tournament winner Baylor (894). Host NMSU finished in second (896). UNM’s Kailin Downs carded a tournament score of 226 (+10) which placed her tied for 15th place. The three-day event at the University Golf course which played to a par 72 on 6,303 yards. Junior Katrina Leckovic finished tied for 17th with a 227 (+12). Sophomore Shannon Johnson tied for 20th with a 228 (+13) while Christina Spence placed tied for 26th with a 230 (+15). Junior Kellyn Newman rounded out the Lobos squad tied for 49th with a three-round score of 236 (+20). In their two tournaments to date the Lobos have captured one title and placed third in the other.
Season Recaps - Fall 2002 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.