Rebels Finish 16th At NCAA Women's Golf Championship

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - UNLV women's golf had to wait until Monday morning to see if it would advance to the fourth round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, but the Rebels missed the cut by one stroke. The team finished the tournament 16th, matching its best finish at the championship event, with a score of 67-over-par 931 (305-324-302), which is being held at The Concession Golf Club.

 

The last time UNLV finished 16th at the championship event was in 2008 in New Mexico.

 

Senior Dana Finkelstein wrapped up her career after becoming the lone Rebel to advance to the fourth round when the team failed to qualify. She finished tied for 18th at 11-over 299 (75-79-72-73), which is the third best performance in the NCAA Championship by a UNLV women's golfer. Da Sol Chung owns the best performance by an individual at the top tournament by finishing third in 2006 and Sunny Oh tied for 11th in 2003. Finkelstein, who is the winningest golfer in Rebel history, turned in 12 birdies in the championship tournament, which tied for the ninth most in the tournament.

 

Alabama's Emma Talley captured the national championship for an individual after posting a 3-under 285 (70-73-73-69) for the tournament. She finished one stroke ahead of Arkansas' Gaby Lopez and Duke's Leona Maguire. Lopez turned in the lowest single-round score at 6-under 66 on Monday and Maguire was named the winner of the ANNIKA Award, which is handed out to the most outstanding female collegiate golfer, beating out Finkelstein and LSU's Madelene Sagstrom. Baylor's Dylan Kim and Arizona State's Monica Vaughn rounded out the top-five at even-par and 1-over, respectively.

 

The top-eight teams advanced to the match play portion of the NCAA Championship. Southern California earned the top-seed, turning in a four-round score of 40-over 1192 (297-303-298-294). The Trojans will face Pac-12 foe Washington, who was the last team to qualify for match play, on Tuesday. The rest of the first round pairs are: Duke vs. Texas Tech, Baylor vs. Tennessee and Stanford vs. Arizona. The team champion will be determined on Wednesday following three rounds of match play.

 

Also competing for the Rebels in the tournament was freshman Harley Dubsky, who finished tied for 34th after three rounds with a score of 12-over 228 (78-78-72). Freshman Mackenzie Raim tied for 73rd at 19-over 235 (74-82-79), senior Mayko Chwen Wang tied for 99th at 26-over 242 (78-85-79) and sophomore Avery French finished 127th at 38-over 254 (85-87-82).