Dana Finkelstein's tie for 18th is the third best finish by a UNLV women's golfer in the championship tournament.
UNLV Finkelstein (pronounced FINK-el-steen) completed her fourth and final season as a Rebel at the NCAA Championship tournament on May 25, 2015 ... Finished career ranked No. 4 in the country according to Golfweek, No. 6 according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings and No. 11 according to Golfstat ... Finkelstein turned in one of the best seasons in program history as a junior and did even better as a senior ... She finished runner-up for the ANNIKA Award, which honors the player of the year in collegiate women’s golf and became the second player in program history to earn All-America first team honors ... Finkelstein became only the second golfer in conference history to earn Mountain West Golfer of the Year honors three times in her career, joining New Mexico’s Jodi Ewart ... Is the winningest golfer in school history as she has won five tournaments, including three as a senior ... She posted the lowest scoring average in program history for the second consecutive season at 71.43 and ranked thid with a career average of 73.26, trailing only Da Sol Chung (73.20) and Therese Koelbaek (73.25) ... Finished career with 363 career birdies, the second 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 ... Finished as the most accomplished golfers in program history and consistently paced the Rebels over her four years with the program. 2014-15 Finished runner-up for the ANNIKA Award, which honors the player of the year in collegiate women’s golf ... Finalist for the PING WGCA Player of the Year award ... Became the second player in UNLV history to earn All-America first team honors ... Named the Mountain West Golfer of the Year for the third straight year, becoming the second golfer in conference history to earn the honor three times in a career ... Finished the season with a school-record 124 birdies, which ranked third in the country ... Earned third career all-region honor after being named to the WGCA St. George All-Region Team ... Named UNLV’s Sportswoman of the Year and UNLV’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Earned medalist honors three times during the season, giving her five career victories, the most in school history ... Finished tied for 18th at the NCAA Championship, which is the third best performance by a UNLV women’s golfer at the event ... Won the NCAA St. George Regional and was the only golfer to post the a tournament score below par at 2-under-par 211 ... She turned in arguably the best round in program history, after turning in a 4-under 67 in the final round of the St. George Regional ... Her first victory of the season came in the second tournament, winning the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational by three shots with a score of 9-under-par 210 ... She also claimed medalist honors in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after posting a career-best 7-under 65 in the final round, giving her a tournament score of 9-under 207 ... She matched her best 54-hole score at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and finished third at 9-under 207 ... Finished fifth or better in seven tournaments and turned in 18 rounds at par or better this season ... Was named MW Golfer of the Week/Month three times: September 2014, October 2014 and March 18, 2015. 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.