NCAA West Regional Play Begins Thursday
May 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's golf team will begin play at the NCAA West Regional on Thursday, May 9, at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. This year marks the Rebels' 11th consecutive regional appearance.
"We are excited to be going to Stanford for the West Regional," head coach Amy Bush said. "As a coaching staff, we have a lot of experience at that course and it is also a bonus to be able to stay in the same time zone."
UNLV is the 15th seed at the site, which has 24 teams competing. The top eight teams and two individual not on those teams will advance to the national finals, which will be held at University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., May 21-24.
Joining the Rebels at the West Regional are seven teams ranked in Golfweek's latest top 25: No. 1 Southern California, No. 5 Arizona, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 9 Purdue, No. 11 Stanford, No. 18 Georgia and No. 21 Baylor. Also in the field: Texas A&M, Pepperdine, LSU, Denver, South Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, California, Florida State, Miami (Florida), San Jose State, Harvard, Kent State, Northern Arizona, North Dakota State and Long Island University.The West Regional features nine conference champions.
The Rebels' lineup includes junior Demi Mak, sophomore Dana Finkelstein, sophomore Mayko Chwen Wang, junior Katerina Prorokova and sophomore Marguerite Swearingen. Finkelstein was named the Mountain West Golfer of the Year and Mak tied for first at the MW Championships, but lost in a playoff hole.
Laura Wearn (Furman), Jennifer Coleman (Colorado), Sammi Stevens (New Mexico), A Ram Choi (Portland State), Luciane Lee (UC Irvine) and Michelle Park (UC Irvine) will be competing as individuals at the West Regional.
Thursday's opening round is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. (PT) on the par-71, 6,267-yard course. Live scoring is available through a link at UNLVRebels.com.
There are a total of three regional sites - the other two are in Auburn, Ala. (East), and Norman, Okla. (Central). The championship finals will be hosted by Georgia.
UNLV's best finish in a NCAA Regional came in 2004, when the Rebels finished second in the East. Last year, UNLV finished 11th at the West Regional, which was held in Erie, Colo.