UNLV Wins The Inaugural Rebel Beach Invitational|
Feb. 27, 2018
Final Results | @UNLVWGolf
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's golf captured its second home tournament title of the 2017-18 season with a two-shot win at the inaugural Rebel Beach Invitational, co-hosted by the Rebels and Long Beach State at Las Vegas' Spanish Trail Golf Club. After shooting its best single-round team score of the spring with a 2-over in Monday's first round, the Scarlet and Gray followed that with a final round 3-over 291 to take first by two strokes.
All eight members of the Rebel women's golf team - five playing in the team competition and three playing as individuals - finished in the top-32 of the field. Junior Elizabeth Prior, who entered the day in a tie for eighth - stormed up the leaderboard Tuesday with a tournament-low score of 3-under 69 to finish in third at 2-over (218). Junior Shannon Oh, playing as an individual, had a strong tournament for the Rebels, finishing at 5-over (221) and in a tie for fifth. Senior Mackenzie Raim and sophomore Nastasia Kossacky each carded a three-round score of 6-under (222) to finish a spot behind Oh in a tie for seventh, while freshman Polly Mack concluded the tournament in a tie for 11th at 8-over (224). Fellow freshman Cathy Liu came in one stroke behind Mack at 9-over (225) to tie for 17th, followed by junior Alyssa Getty in a tie for 22nd at 10-over (226). Senior Texie June-Petchel rounded things out in a tie for 32nd and 13-over (229).
Finishing in second behind UNLV was Ole Miss, who carded at 19-over (883), followed by BYU in third at 22-over (886), Kennesaw State in fourth at 33-over (897) and co-host Long Beach State in fifth at 39-over (903).
BYU's Kendra Dalton and Ole Miss' Julia Johnson both shot even for the tournament to share medalist honors, with Prior behind them in third, Ole Miss' Pi-Lillebi Hermansson in fourth at 3-over and Oh and Kennesaw State's Clara Aveling in a tie for fifth at 5-over to round out the top five.
REBEL OF THE DAY: After shooting over par in the first two rounds on Monday, Prior switched on another gear Tuesday to card the lowest single-round score of the tournament shoot the only round under 70 in the entire field. Her third-place finish is the England native's second-best finish of her junior year, with her best coming in UNLV's other home tournament, the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in October. She won that tournament by tying the lowest three-round score in program history at 16-under.
"I'm really proud of this team. To go out and win our second home tournament this year is hard to do, so I'm excited for them. This is a great way to start the stretch before the Mountain West tournament." - Head Coach Amy Bush-Herzer
1. UNLV (290-300-291 -- 881, +17)
2. Ole Miss (294-300-289 -- 883, +19)
3. BYU (295-301-290 -- 886, +22)
4. Kennesaw State (290-301-306 -- 897, +33)
5. Long Beach State (297-305-301 -- 903, +39)
• In Monday's first round, the Rebels shot their lowest single-round team score of the season, carding a 2-over 290 as a team
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will head to Tucson for the Wildcat Invitational, March 5-6, at Sewailo Golf Club.