Freshman Dana Finkelstein finished in third place at her first Mountain West Championship Tournament.
April 22, 2012
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV women’s golf team carded the lowest team-round of the tournament in the final round of the 2012 Mountain West Championship, finishing in second place for the second consecutive year.
“I am so proud of our team,” said head coach Amy Bush. “They came out and battled all day, never giving up and turning in the lowest round of the tournament. It shows there is no quit in this team and will pay dividends moving forward.”
TCU defended its championship, taking home team honors by a slim, five-stroke margin over the Rebels. The Horned Frogs turned in a final round of 301 to finish +40. San Diego State took third at +47 while New Mexico was fourth (+54) and Colorado State fifth at +58.
Sanna Nuutinen (TCU) and Christine Wong (San Diego State) were tied after 72 holes at +1, needing a five-hole playoff to determine medalist honors with Nuutinen pulling through. Wong finished second while Dana Finkelstein and Brianna Espinoza (Colorado State) tied for third at 4-over.
Finkelstein bogied the second but rattled of birdies on the par-5 fourth and the par-4 eighth to make the turn at 1-under. After nine consecutive pars on the back nine, Finkelstein’s 1-under 71 marked a tie for the lowest round of the day and moved her three spots up the board.
Senior Bethany Calvo carded the only even-par round of the day, jumping seven spots to finish ninth. Calvo shot 1-over on the front nine and used birdies at the 16th and 17th to turn in a 35 on the back. The finish marked her best effort at the MW Tournament Championship while a Rebel.
Mayko Chwen Wang tied for 16th after a final round 79 while Charlotte Brooks turned in her lowest round of the weekend at +2, 74, finishing in a tie for 22nd. Katerina Prorokova carded a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 24th, rounding out the Rebel lineup.
The Rebels will be idle until the NCAA Regional Championships. The NCAA will announced the tournament field and regional breakdown on Monday, April 30.