Four Individuals to Join UNLV in NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
April 29, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV will represent the Mountain West in the 2013 NCAA Women's Regionals, announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Golf Committee. The Rebels earned the Mountain West's automatic berth after capturing their first Conference championship since 2006 and fourth overall at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
In her third season at the helm of the Rebels, MW Coach of the Year Amy Bush is guiding UNLV to its 11th straight NCAA Regional appearance in the program's 12-year history. The Rebels will participate in the West Regional, hosted by Stanford on the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. UNLV is led by sophomore Dana Finkelstein, the 2012-13 MW Golfer of the Year who has recorded two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes this season. Fellow Rebels Demi Mak and Mayko Chwen Wang earned Second-Team All-Mountain West distinction following completion of the MW Championship earlier this month.
New Mexico junior Sammi Stevens will compete in the West Regional as an individual. The First-Team All-Mountain West selection from Hereford, Texas, who currently ranks second in the Mountain West with a stroke average of 74.86, has tallied three top-10 finishes this season, including two in the top three.
Three San Diego State golfers, including Emma Henrikson, Paige Spiranac and Christine Wong have also advanced to the postseason. The trio will appear in the Central Regional, hosted by Oklahoma at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Henrikson currently ranks seventh in the Conference, averaging 75.76 strokes per round. The native of Malmö, Sweden posted seven top-25 finishes on the year, including two in the top 10, en route to being named the 2012-13 MW Freshman of the Year. Spiranac, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., has four top-25 performances to her credit, including two in the top six. The Second-Team All-Conference selection enters the postseason with a 76.82 stroke average to rank 16th in the league. Wong, a four-time All-Mountain West honoree, has a 76.41 stroke average to rank 12th in the Conference. A product of Richmond, B.C., Wong has collected three top-10 and four top-20 finishes in her senior campaign.
A total of 72 teams and 18 individuals will compete in three 54-hole regional tournaments from May 9-11. Eight teams and two individuals from each regional site will advance to the national championships finals, which will be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens, Ga. Georgia will serve as the host institution for this year's national championship.