Rebels Set for MW Championship
April 19, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV women’s golf team will open up action at the 2012 Mountain West Championship Tournament Friday morning at the par-72 Wigwam Resort Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
The Rebels enter the conference championship after a scorching spring season that saw them capture four top-8 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational and an eighth place finish at the Ping/ASU Invitational, a tournament that featured over a dozen of the nation’s top teams.
“We are very confident heading into this weekend’s tournament,” said second-year head coach Amy Bush. “We battled through a tough spring to put us in a position to do well here and I think that our team is looking forward to getting out there and competing for a championship.”
UNLV enters the tournament with three of the MW’s top 10 scorers, including a pair of freshmen in Mayko Chwen Wang and Dana Finkelstein. Wang has five top-20 finishes to her credit this season, including a string of three straight this spring. The Taiwan native ranks eighth in the MW in scoring at 75.65 strokes per round and is a leading candidate for Freshman of the Year honors.
Finkelstein stands in ninth in scoring average, a mere .05 strokes per round behind Wang. The Arizona native has four top-20 finishes this year, including a third-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational that helped earn her Mountain West Golfer of the Month honors for the month of February. Finkelstein is also a top candidate for Freshman of the Year honors.
Senior Bethany Calvo has two top-20 finishes this season, including a 15th place finish at the Ping/ASU Invitational where she was the clubhouse leader after a day one round of 4-under 67. Calvo ranks 10th in the MW in scoring at 76.15 strokes per round this year.
Sophomore transfer Charlotte Brooks enters her first Mountain West Championship Tournament with three top-20 finishes this season, including a career-best fifth-place finish at the Bruin/Wave Invitational. She tied for 26th at the Ping/ASU Invitational earlier this month, tying her season-low round of 70 in the opening round.
Katerina Prorokova rounds out the UNLV lineup this weekend. The sophomore Czech Republic native has two top-20 finishes this year, including an eighth-place effort at the UNLV Spring Invitational.
The Rebels are coming off a runner-up finish last year and will push defending champion TCU for team honors this year. UNLV has won the MW Tournament three times in program history (2004, 05, 06) and has four individual champions, with the latest coming last year in Therese Koelbaek.
First-round action will kick off at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. The Rebels are paired with New Mexico for day one, with Prorokova teeing off at 7:50 a.m. followed by Brooks, Calvo, Finkelstein and Wang.