UNLV Women's Golf Ties for First Place In Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

Courtesy of UNLV Communications

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - No. 22 UNLV women’s golf (281-278-272) tied with No. 39 Vanderbilt (280-275-276) for first place in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at 33-under-par 831 at the par-72, 6,277 yard Boulder Creek Country Club on Tuesday.  The Rebels had the best third round, 16-under 272, of all 19 teams to surge from sixth to first place on the last day of the tournament.

The tie for first place is the first win of a tournament in the 2015-16 campaign, the last since Nov. 14, 2014 at the Best Rawls Invitational and the third first place finish under sixth year head coach Amy Bush-Herzer’s tenure at UNLV.  The previous time UNLV finished in first place in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown was in 2004.

“I am so proud of my team today,” said Bush-Herzer.  “We played a great final round to get a much deserved first place finish.  To only have three bogeys among our top golfers and end the final round with several birdies on the last few holes was just tremendous.  The hard work by all of the ladies in the summer and this fall really showed today.”

No. 21 San Diego State finished the tournament in third place at 30-under 834 (280-278-276), and No. 55 Michigan (275-279-281) finished one stroke behind for fourth place.  No. 28 Missouri rounded out the top five at 28-under 836 (277-285-274).

Anna Newell of Tennessee was the medalist of the tournament, finishing at 18-under 198 (68-65-65) to win the tournament.  Long Beach State’s Kassidy Teare came in second at 16-under 200 (68-66-66).  Sophomore Mackenzie Raim tied for the second best score of the day to tie for fifth place at 11-under 205 (71-68-66).  Freshman Kaylee Benton tied for 13th place at 8-under 208 (68-70-70), and sophomore Harley Dubsky finished one stroke behind at 7-under 209 (70-71-68) to tie for 18th.

Freshman Elizabeth Prior shot a 4-under 68 to finish tied for 28th at 5-under 211 (72-71-68).  Juniors Vivian Hsuan Chen (72-72-69) and Alexandra Kaui (74-69-70) and freshman Shannon Oh (68-74-71) all tied for 37th place at 3-under 213.  Freshman Texie June Petchel ended the tournament at 4-over 220 (72-74-74) while freshman Alyssa Getty (73-75-73) was one stroke behind her.

The Rebels’ fall portion of the 2015-16 season ended with the home tournament today.  UNLV begins spring play on Feb. 7 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.