Wyoming Finishes Sixth Following the Final Round of the 2002 MWC Golf Championship

April 24, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of New Mexico women's golf team shot the lowest round in the history of the Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship on Wednesday, to capture its third consecutive MWC title. New Mexico fired a 284 on Wednesday to overcome a four-stroke advantage held by San Diego State heading into the final round.

Entering Wednesday's closing round, New Mexico not only trailed by four strokes to San Diego State, but the Lobos were also one stroke back of Colorado State. The Lobos blistering 284 in the final round broke their own single-round record in the MWC Championship by nine strokes. New Mexico had set the single-round record of 293 a year ago in the 2001 championship and tied that record this past Monday in the first round of the 2002 championship. San Diego State shot a 299 on Wednesday, while CSU posted a team score of 301 in the final round. The combined three-round scores gave UNM an 882 total to outdistance San Diego State (893) by 11 strokes and Colorado State (898) by 16.

The Wyoming Cowgirls shot their best round of the week in Wednesday's concluding round. UW shot a 306 to finish with a team score of 954 and sixth place. One other team, in addition to New Mexico, made a move in the standings on Wednesday. BYU posted the second best round of the day, and the second best in MWC Championship history with a 288 on Wednesday. That was good enough for the Cougars to pass UNLV for fourth place.

Lynette Duran of Colorado State, a freshman, maintained the two-stroke lead she carried into the final round to win the individual title. Duran posted a 54-hole total of 216, three-over par, to hold off Heather Rollo of San Diego State and Kristi Larsen of New Mexico who tied for second at 218.

Three Wyoming golfers shot rounds in the 70s on Wednesday. Junior Kim Nissen led the way for Wyoming with a one-over par round of 72. Nissen tied for 22nd for the tournament with a three-round total of 233. Also shooting rounds in the 70s on Wednesday were: junior Alison McGuire (75) and senior Katherine Crowley (78).

"The girls played a solid final round," said UW women's golf coach Jill Rettinger. "Kim's (Nissen) 72 was an outstanding round for her to finish the season. She made the turn at one under, and played the back nine two-over par. Alison (McGuire) also had a nice round of 75 on Wednesday, and Katherine (Crowley) concluded her college career with a strong round of 78.

"The girls showed a lot of character in the final round. They never gave up, and put up their best score of the tournament on the final day."

Heading into this year's championship, New Mexico was ranked No. 22 in the Golfweek Division I women's golf rankings. The next MWC team in the national rankings was BYU at No. 58

The tournament format was three 18-hole rounds, all played at the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The course measured 6,089 yards and played to a par of 71.

Wyoming Individual Results            Class  Scores             Place

Kim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.) Jr. 83-78-72=233 (+20) Tie 22ndAlison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.) Jr. 82-83-75=240 (+27) Tie 26thTara Ludwig (Portland, Ore.) Sr. 80-79-82=241 (+28) 28thKatherine Crowley (Sugar Land, Texas) Sr. 80-86-78=244 (+31) 29thShala Hanson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) Fr. 84-83-81=248 (+35) 30th

Final Team Standings

1. New Mexico 293-305-284=882 (+30)2. San Diego State 296-298-299=893 (+41)3. Colorado State 301-296-301=898 (+46)4. BYU 309-303-288=900 (+48)5. UNLV 305-303-297=905 (+53)6. Wyoming 325-323-306=954 (+102)