No. 13 Rebels Capture Team Title at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 13 UNLV women's golf captured its first team title of season by winning the 41st Betsy Rawls Invitational on Tuesday. The Rebels ended the final round tied with Tulane, but won the team title outright by way of a scorecard playoff. UNLV finished the tournament at 31-over-par 895 (284-314-297) and secured its first team victory since winning the Mountain West Championship in 2013.
Tulane used a 2-over 290 final-round score to tie UNLV. However, the Rebels edged out the Green Wave by way of a scorecard playoff after UNLV's fifth golfer in its lineup, sophomore Vivian Hsaun Chen, turned in a third-round score of even-par 72. It was one stroke better than Tulane's fifth golfer, Belen Goicoechea, who carded a 1-over 73 in the final round and gave the Rebels their first regular season tournament title since winning the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational in 2010.
"We are excited to win an event with such a long history in women's golf," head coach Amy Bush-Herzer said. "The team has been playing extremely well this season and its nice to get a win."
Senior Dana Finkelstein, who finished second and was one-stroke shy of capturing medalist honors for the second straight tournament, paced the Rebels. She finished at 1-under 215 (67-76-72) for the tournament and posted her 13th career top-five finish. It is also the second consecutive year that Finkelstein has finished runner-up at the tournament hosted by Texas.
"I'm ecstatic," Finkelstein said. "The team did an awesome job this week and I'm so happy that we finally got a win under our belts after finishing second in the last two tournaments."
Baylor's Hayley Davis hung on to capture medalist honors, finishing one stroke ahead of Finkelstein at 2-under 214 (65-75-74). Iowa State's Celia Barquin (73-74-71) and San Diego State's Emma Henrikson (74-74-70) tied for third at 2-over 218. San Diego State's Milagros Chaves rounded out the top-five at 4-over 220 (72-75-73). Davis and Finkelstein each recorded a 12 birdies in the tournament, which led the field.
Baylor finished third in the team standings, three strokes back, at 34-over 898 (288-311-299), SMU finished fourth at 36-over 900 (286-313-301) and rounding out the top-five was Miami at 38-over 902 (307-306-289). The tournament featured 15 teams and 81 individuals.
Also competing for the Rebels was freshman Harley Dubsky, who finished tied for sixth at 5-over 221 (69-76-76), senior Mayko Chwen Wang (73-80-77) and Chen (75-83-72) tied for 27th at 14-over 230 and freshman Mackenzie Raim finished tied for 44th at 19-over 235 (76-82-77).
UNLV, which dropped to No. 13 in Golfweek's latest poll released on Monday, will now host the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on October 26-28 to wrap up its fall schedule.