Senior Dana Finkelstein third to pace UNLV women's golf at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
UNLV Finkelstein (pronounced FINK-el-steen) returns for her fourth and final season after having one of the best seasons in program history as a junior ... She became the fifth Rebel to earn Mountain West Golfer of the Year honors as a sophomore and became the first to earn the award twice after being honored last season ... Returns to the team after posting the lowest average in program history as a junior at 72.10 ... Enters the season with the third lowest career scoring average at 73.84 ... Also enters the season with 230 career birdies, which is the fourth most in program history ... Traveled to Switzerland with Team USA in the summer of 2014 and helped the Americans earn a second place finish in the World University Golf Championship ... Individually she finished ninth overall and sixth amongst all amateurs ... Advanced to the Round of 32 at the Women's Western Golf Association's 113th National Amateur Championship during the summer of 2013 ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in the summer of 2012 ... Has become one of the most accomplished golfers in program history and looks to be an All-American candidate entering her senior year ... Has consistently paced the Rebels over her three years with the program... Brings a wealth of experience from the junior level to the squad.
2013-14 Became the fourth Rebel in program history to earn All-America honors, joining Sunny Oh, Da Sol Chung and Therese Koelbaek ... Named to both the WGCA and Golfweek All-America Second Team ... Named the Mountain West Golfer of the Year for the second straight year, becoming the first Rebel in program history to capture back-to-back MW Golfer of the Year honors ... Captured first collegiate victory in the season-opening tournament, the Colonel Bill Wollenberg's Ptarmigan Ram Classic ... Turned in a score of 4-under-par 212 (71-70-71) to win the Ram Classic ... Also won the spring-opening Peg Barnard Invitational, joining Sunny Oh (2003-04) as the only two players in UNLV women's golf history to earn two medalist honors in one season ... Won the Peg Barnard Invitational with a score of 5-under 137 (69-68) ... Qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championship after finishing tied for second at the NCAA Central Regional ... Sunk her first career hole-in-one at the NCAA Championship and finished the tournament tied for 33rd ... Finished the season with seven top-five finishes, which included three runner-up finishes ... Recorded 93 birdies during the season, which is the fifth most in a during a single season ... Named to Golf World magazine's Top 50 Female Players to Watch for the 2013-14 season ... Named to the 2013-14 MW Spring Academic Team.
2012-13 Named the Mountain West's Golfer of the Year after posting nine top-20, five top-10 and two top-five finishes on the year ... Earned all-region honors after finishing tied for 10th at the NCAA West Regional with a a score of 3-over-par 216 (75-71-70) ... Led the MW in scoring, averaging 74.28 strokes per round ... Extended her consecutive top-20 finishes to eight dating back to 2012 after placing in the top-20 in all five fall events and the first spring tournament. Named the Mountain West Golfer of the Month for October 2012 after finishing tied for 13th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational with a score of 11-over 227 (78-71-78), fifth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with a score of 4-over 220 (73-75-72) and tied for 19th at the Betsy Rawls Invitational with a score of 4-over 220 (72-73-75) ... Recorded her career best finish, a tie for second, in the spring-opener Cal Invite with an even-par score of 144 (74-70) ... Finished in the top-10 in three more events in the spring: tied for 8th at The Farms Invite at 7-over 223 (76-73-74), tied for ninth at the Mountain West Championship at 12-over 228 (81-71-76) and tied for 10th at the NCAA West Regional ... Earned MW Golfer of the Week honors twice (Feb. 27 and April 3).
2011-12 Named MW Co-Freshmen of the Year with teammate Mayko Chwen Wang ... Carried the fourth lowest average in the conference at 75.21 ... Made an immediate impact for the team in the fall, turning in two top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish ... Tied for 12th at Edan Ihlanfeldt Invitational with a 12-over 228 (79-76-73) ... Tied for 8th at Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with 3-over 219 (70-72-77) ... Continued her success in the spring with a third place finish at UNLV Spring Invitational with a score of 4-over 220 (72-74-74) ... Tied for third at the Mountain West Championship, turning in a score of 4-over 220 (76-73-71) ... Tied for 16th at the NCAA West Regional with a score of 4-over 220 (75-73-72) ... Was named MW Golfer of the Month for February.
HIGH SCHOOL A 2011 graduate of Corona del Sol High School ... Was a four-year letterman for coach Pat Reed ... Helped guide the Aztecs to a 45-12-2 mark and three consecutive regional championships (2008-10) ... Carried a 34.7 scoring average as a senior ... Named the Corona del Sol Athlete of the Year following her senior season ... Medalist winner at the 2009-10 regional championship ... Voted Southwest Section Player of the Year in 2009 ... Has recorded five top-five American Junior Golf Association finishes ... Named a Tempe All-City golfer.
PERSONAL Dana Sari Finkelstein was born Jan. 6, 1993 ... The daughter of Jay and Stacey Finkelstein ... Has one younger sister, Rachel ... Chose UNLV over Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona ... Majoring in kinesiological sciences.