UNLV Captures Fifth Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship Title
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – UNLV led wire-to-wire on its way to its fifth Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship after recording a three-day total of 13-over-par 877 at the Mission Hills Country Club on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, California. This is the Rebels’ first Conference title since 2013, which was also the first time the MW Championship was played at Mission Hills.
The Rebels survived a third-round charge from San Diego State, which ultimately finished in second-place with a 22-over 886 (296-304-286). This was the Aztecs third top three finish at the Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship in three years. Fresno State finished in third place after carding a 33-over 897 (297-301-299). San José State (305-302-299) and New Mexico (299-312-303) rounded out the top five at 42-over 906 and 50-over 914, respectively. Colorado State finished in sixth place for the second consecutive year, shooting a 54-hole total of +57 921 (309-305-307). Nevada finished in seventh place after a 61-over 925 (310-310-305). Boise State (312-313-301) and Wyoming (321-325-307) rounded out the field at 62-over 926 and 89-over 953, respectively.
UNLV junior Alexandra Kaui earned her first individual MW championship, using a third-round 69 (-3) to secure the victory. Kaui, who recorded a 54-hole total of 4-under 212 (72-71-69), is the first individual medalist to come from the team champion since 2012. This was also the Rebels first individual champion since Therese Koelbaek in 2011. Five strokes separated Kaui from runner up Katrina Prendergast (71-73-73), a freshman from Colorado State, who carded a 1-over par 217 total. This was the best Conference championship finish by a Rams golfer since 2011 (freshman Betsy Kelly, T2nd). San Diego State sophomore Milagros Chaves, who captured 2015 runner-up honors after forcing an individual playoff, finished in third with a 2-over-par 218 (75-74-69). UNLV’s Mackenzie Raim and SDSU’s Sirene Blair rounded out the top five, carding 3-over 219 (73-75-71) and 5-over 221 (75-77-69) scores, respectively.
Kaui and Prendergast led all participants with 12 birdies throughout the tournament. Colorado State’s Sarah Archuleta and San Diego State’s Emma Henrikson registered the event’s only eagles, while San José State’s Abegail Arevalo carded the low round of the tournament with a 4-under 68 on the final day of competition.
NCAA regional bids will be announced Monday, April 25, on The Golf Channel at 6 p.m. ET. This year’s regional sites are Stanford, California, Bryan, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Shoal Creek, Alabama.