Women's Golf: Lobos Take Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown Title
Las Vegas, Nev. -- The 16th-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team captured its second tournament title of the season at the Las Vegas Founders Womens Collegiate Showdown today in Las Vegas. New Mexico shot a final round 291 ending up with a tournament score of 880 (+16), nine shots better than host UNLV (889). New Mexico junior Kristi Larsen took medalist honors after a playoff situation with Texas A&Ms Nicole Melton and UNLVs Sunny Oh.
This was Larsens first tournament win at UNM. She finished with a three round score of 215 shooting a final round 69 (-3).
Lobo Kailin Downs finished in sole possession of fourth place, one-shot behind Larsen, Melton and Oh at 216 (76-70-70 E). Downs finished the tournament scoring back-to-back 70s (-2) . It is the third straight fourth place finish for Downs.
Sophomore Christina Spence had a great tournament placing tied for seventh, her best finish as a Lobo. Spence finished with a three-round score of 224 (76-71-77 +8). Junior Katrina Leckovic shot a final round 75 and finished tied for 18th with a 230 (81-74-75 +14). Sophomore Shannon Johnson rounded out the Lobo squad, placing tied for 28th with a 234 (79-71-84 +14).
The tournament was played at the Anthem Country Club Golf Course in Henderson. The course played to a par 72 on 6,194 yards.
This was the second tournament title for the Lobos this season. New Mexico took the title at 24th Annual Dick McGuire Invitational to start the fall schedule. In their five tournament fall schedule, the Lobos placed no lower than fourth place (the Stanford invitational and the Kent Youel Invitational).
1. New Mexico - 306-283-291---880 (+16)
T1. Kristi Larsen - 75-71-69215 (-1) *won playoff
4. Kailin Downs - 76-70-70216 (E)
T7. Christina Spence - 76-71-77224 (+8)
T18. Katrina Leckovic - 81-74-75230 (+14)
T28. Shannon Johnson - 79-71-84234 (+18)