Women's Golf: Lobos to Participate in Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown
Update: The University of New Mexico women’s golf team will travel to Las Vegas, Nev. and the Las Vegas Founders Women’s Collegiate Showdown, Nov. 11-13. The tournament will be played at the Anthem Country Club Golf Course in Henderson, Nev. This will be New Mexico’s final tournament of the fall season.
Format: The tournament consists of 18 holes each of the three days. Start times for the three-day event begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Wednesday. The Anthem Country Club plays to a par 72 on 6,194 yards.
Tournament Field: There will be 15 teams participating in the Las Vegas Founders Women’s Collegiate Showdown including (GolfWeek Rank): BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico (17), Oregon, Pepperdine (12), San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas A&M, host UNLV, Washington and Wyoming.
Lobo Lineup: The UNM lineup for the Showdown is as follows: Kailin Downs, Kristi Larsen, Katrina Leckovic, Christina Spence, Shannon Johnson. Larsen returns to the lineup after suffering from a broken hand. This will be the first competition of the season for the junior.
New Mexico in the Rankings: In the latest poll released on Nov. 4 by GolfWeek Magazine, the New Mexico Lobos drop 10 spots to No. 17 . The Lobos are No. 14 in the GolfDigest poll of Oct. 18.
In GolfWeek individual rankings, three Lobos are ranked in the top-100 including sophomore Kailin Downs who ranks the highest at No. 32. Junior Katrina Leckovic is listed at No. 77, while sophomore Shannon Johnson is No. 98. Sophomore Christina Spence is ranked No. 129.
Last Time Out • Kent Youel Invitational • Oct. 29-30: The then seventh ranked University of New Mexico women’s golf team finished in fourth place at the 2002 Kent Youel Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Lobos shot a final round 292 to finish with a tournament score of 898. California took the tournament title with an 870. Individually Stanford’s Kim Rowton took medalist honors with a 215. New Mexico’s Kailin Downs placed fourth with a tournament score of 218. This was the second straight tournament Down’s finished in fourth place. Junior Katrina Leckovic shot a final round 70 (-2), which ties her career low round. Leckovic placed tied for 24th with a three-round score of 226. Sophomore Christina Spence placed tied for 26th with a tournament score of 227. Junior Kellyn Newman finished tied for 44th with a 233 followed by freshman Kelli Van Winkle who placed tied for 76th with a 246. Season Recaps - Fall 2002 2002 Stanford Invitational Results • Oct. 18-20: The University of New Mexico Lobos jumped two spots and finished in fourth place at the Stanford Pepsi Invitational held in Stanford, Calif. The Lobos shot a final round 295 and finished with a tournament score of 896, 11 shots behind tournament winner Cal (885). New Mexico junior Katrina Leckovic and sophomore Kailin Downs both finished tied for fourth place with 220s (+4). UNM sophomore Christina Spence finished tied for 22nd place with a tournament round score of 226 while fellow sophomore Shannon Johnson tied for 33rd with a 230. Junior Kellyn Newman finished in 88th place with a 256.
2002 NMSU Intercollegiate Results • Oct. 7-9: 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.
2002 McGuire Results • Sept. 26-28: 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.