UNLV's Dana Finkelstein and Mayko Chwen Wang Receive 2011-12 MW Women's Golf Co-Freshmen of the Year Honors

April 20, 2012

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. - The UNLV freshman tandem of Dana Finkelstein and Mayko Chwen Wang were selected as 2011-12 Co-Freshmen of the Year, as determined by a vote of the league's women's golf coaches.

Finkelstein, who hails from Chandler, Ariz., entered the 2012 MW Championship with a stroke average of 75.70 to rank ninth in the Mountain West. She has posted four top 20 finishes on the year, including a third-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational in February en route to Conference Golfer of the Month honors. Finkelstein currently is No. 142 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings and No. 162 in the GolfStat rankings.

Wang, a native of Taipai, Taiwan, averaged a score of 75.65 during the 2011-12 regular season to rank eighth among Mountain West golfers. She has five top 20 finishes to her credit this season, including a string of three straight this spring. Wang is ranked No. 141 by GolfWeek and No. 184 by GolfStat.

Finkelstein and Wang are the fourth and fifth Rebels to receive Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, joining Sunny Oh (2002-03), Da Sol Chung (2005-06) and Therese Koelbaek (2007-08). This is the second time in MW history (2005-06) that Co-Freshmen of the Year have been recognized, and the first time since the league's inception that both Freshmen of the Year have come from the same institution.

The 2011-12 Mountain West Women's Golf All-Conference Team, as well as Golfer of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be announced at the conclusion of the Conference championship, which runs from Fri., April 20 through Sun., April 22 on the Gold Course at Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

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