Former UNLV Golfer Dana Finkelstein Earns Four Shot Symetra Tour Win

Courtesy of UNLV Athletic Communications

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV women's golf standout Dana Finkelstein captured her first win on the Symetra Tour with a four shot victory on Sunday at the Garden City Charity Classic at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City, Kansas.

“I’m still at a loss for words winning by four shots,” said Finkelstein via USA Today. “I came into the day with a five shot lead and thinking even-par would get it done and I shot 71 so I’m very happy.”

Her wire-to-wire win at 11-under, 277 for the four-day tournament moves her from 13th to fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, where she has now earned a total of $73,282. With four tournaments to go, Finkelstein is in great position to earn her LPGA tour card for 2017. 

“This win is huge, especially now with four events left,” said Finkelstein (via Symetra Tour). “I knew I had to make a move eventually and I’m really happy to have done it this week. I still think I need to play well over the final four weeks and hopefully that will lock my card for 2017.”

Finkelstein opened the tournament on Thursday with a 7-under 65 and never relinquished the lead, shooting a 1-under 71 in the second round, a 2-under 70 in the third and wrapping up the final day with a 1-under 71 to cap the win. 

The Chandler, Ariz., native played for UNLV from 2011-15 under head coach Amy Bush-Herzer, becoming one of the most successful golfers in program history. During her time as a Rebel she earned five individual wins, including three during her senior year -- a season that culminated with her finishing as the runner-up for the ANNIKA Award, an honor given to the top women's collegiate golfer in the country. The three-time Mountain West Golfer of the Year was just the second player in UNLV history to earn All-American first team honors during her collegiate career and helped the Rebels earn a Mountain West title in 2013.

Bush and the current Rebels tee off the 2016-17 campaign on Monday morning at the Dick McGuire/Branch Law Firm Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.