Wolf Pack Takes Home the Title at the Cowgirl Classic

 

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Nevada women's golf team won a tournament championship for the first time in eight years with a victory Tuesday in the Cowgirl Classic at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.

 

Nevada entered the final round with a five-shot lead and extended it to a winning margin of seven with a final-round 284, the lowest score of the day amongst the 22 teams. Washington State took second place and Lamar was third, 11 shots behind Nevada.

 

"I am so proud of this team," said second-year coach Kathleen Takaishi. "They have worked very hard over the past few months. It's awesome to see that their hard work has paid off."

 

The win was the first for the Nevada since the fall of 2006, when it won its own Wolf Pack Invitational. It was the eighth win in the history of the women's program, which began officially with the 1997-1998 season.

 

Senior Nikki Prichard and junior Caryn Khoo tied for third individually, each shooting a 3-over 219 for the 54-hole tournament and finishing one shot back of second place. Khoo pushed herself into contention early with the help of a hole-out eagle on the par-4 fifth hole and she finished with a 1-under 71. Prichard closed with a final-round 73.

 

"Caryn played great today," Takaishi said. "She bogeyed her last hole but it is a great finish for her leading up to our conference championship. Nikki played steady and this should also give her a ton of confidence heading into the conference tournament."

 

The win comes at a good time with the Mountain West Championships next up on the Wolf Pack schedule, April 20-22.

 

Freshman Celyn Khoo also finished strong, shooting a final-round 73 to tie for 25th along with senior Bethany Wurster. Sophomore Jordan Keyser shot her best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 76 and she tied for 71st.

 

Boise State's Genevive Ling shot a 71 on Tuesday to win medalist honors.