NCAA West Regional Play Begins Thursday

May 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's golf team will begin play at the NCAA West Regional on Thursday, May 10, at the Colorado National Golf Course in Erie, Colo. This year marks the Rebels' 10th consecutive regional appearance.

"We are looking forward to getting started at Colorado National," said head coach Amy Bush. "We have played great golf this spring and finished well in really strong fields. Regionals will be a great experience for our team."

UNLV is the 16th 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 Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25. Joining the Rebels at the West Regional are seven teams ranked in Golfweek's latest top 25: No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Northern Colorado, No. 9 California, No. 11 Colorado and No. 18 Baylor. Also in the field: Denver, Illinois, Iowa State, Jackson State, Kennesaw State, Missouri State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and UC Davis. The West Regional features 12 conference champions.

The Rebels' lineup includes freshman Dana Finkelstein, senior Bethany Calvo, freshman Mayko Chwen Wang, freshman Marguerite Swearingen and sophomore Katerina Prorokova. Finkelstein and Wang were both named this year's Mountain West Co-Freshmen of the Year.

Kayla Mortellaro (Idaho), Ally McDonald (Mississippi State), Amy Anderson (North Dakota State), Maggie Yuan (BYU), Brianna Espinoza (Colorado State) and Demi Mak (New Mexico State) will be competing as individuals at the West Regional.

Thursday's opening round is scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m. (PT) on the par-72, 6,575-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 State College, Pa. (East), and Columbus, Ohio (Central). The championship finals will be hosted by Vanderbilt.

UNLV's best finish in a NCAA Regional came in 2004, when the Rebels finished second in the East. Last year, UNLV finished 21st at the Central Regional, which was held in Notre Dame, Ind.