UNLV Holds Nine-Stroke Lead Heading Into Final Day of 2016 Mountain West Women's Golf Championship
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – After two rounds at the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship, UNLV extended its first-round lead to nine strokes after 36 holes. The Rebels (+13, 589) entered Tuesday with a one-stroke lead, but 17 birdies in the second round helped pad their lead. Fresno State moved into second-place after a second-round 301 and are 22-over (598) for the event. The Bulldogs hold a two-stroke lead over defending champion San Diego State (+24, 600). San José State (+31, 607) and New Mexico (+35, 611) round out the top 5.
UNLV junior Alexandra Kaui holds the outright lead heading into the final day after posting a one-under 71, the only round under par on Tuesday. Kaui, who has a 36-hole of 1-under 143, narrowly holds a one-stroke lead over Colorado State freshman Katrina Prendergast. Prendergast carded a one-over-par 73 on Tuesday and has a two-round score of even-par 144. UNLV is searching for its first individual league champion since 2011 (Therese Koelbaek), while Colorado State is seeking its first since 2002 (Lynette Duran). Fresno State’s Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir, the 2014 MW individual champion, and San Diego State’s Georgia Lacey entered the second day tied for first but each carded four-over 76’s and are tied for third (3-over, 147). San José State’s My Leander and UNLV’s Mackenzie Raim round out the top five with identical 36-hole scores of 4-over 148.
Entering the final day on the par 72, 6,291-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course, the Rebels have four players inside the top 9 on the individual leaderboard. Their fifth golfer, freshman Kaylee Benton is tied for 15th.
Prendergast leads the tournament with 11 birdies, including four on Tuesday. Kaui and Lacey have eight each. Colorado State sophomore Sarah Archuleta has the lone eagle of the tournament, holing out on Hole 16, a 384-yard par 4 on Tuesday afternoon.
The concluding round of the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship will begin at 7 a.m. PT Wednesday morning. Live scoring is available at TheMW.com and Golfstat.com.