UNLV women's golf will play in the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif. on Monday and Tuesday.
UNLV Dana Finkelstein (pronounced FINK-el-steen) returns for her third season after having a very successful sophomore campaign ... Named to the Golf World magazine's Top 50 Female Players to Watch for the 2013-14 season ... Became the fifth Rebel to earn Mountain West Golfer of the Year honors ... Returns to the team after posting the lowest average in the conference last season ... Enters the season with the fourth lowest career scoring average at 74.72 ... Advanced to the Round of 32 at the Women's Western Golf Association's 113th National Amateur Championship during the summer of 2013 ... Played very consistent and led the Rebels in many tournaments as a sophomore ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in the summer of 2012 ... Paced the Rebels in numerous tournaments as a freshman ... Brings a wealth of experience from the junior level to the squad.
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 sister, Rachel (16) ... Chose UNLV over Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona ... Majoring in kinesiological sciences.