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Lee Starts Season With Record Round

Sept. 26, 2002


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Hwanhee Lee, the top player for the UNLV women's golf team, inked her name into another spot in the school record book after she carded the year-old program's first ever sub-par score at the Dick McGuire Invitational on Thursday.

Lee shot a 71, equaling the total posted by teammate Erin Borcherts in the final round of last season's Mountain West Conference Championship. Borcherts turned the trick at the par-71 Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort while Lee's score bested the UNM Championship Course's average round of 73.

Although Lee's score ranks as the school's best, it is only fourth-best in the tournament. The Rebels' super sophomore trails New Mexico State's Rachel Bailey by three shots.

Riding Lee's play, the Rebels sit in ninth place in the 19-team field after a team round of 308, 11 strokes behind New Mexico, the first-round leader.

Also posting an impressive score for UNLV was Christine Hentzner, whose 77 put her in a tie for 33rd individually.

Making their collegiate debuts, freshmen Sunny Oh and Elena Kurokawa both contributed toward the Rebels' total. Oh shot 79 and ranks 46th in the 105-participant field. Kurokawa is tied for 60th, two strokes behind, and Erin Borcherts' 85 was discarded.

"I thought it was a pretty good round for our first one of the season, but we have higher expectations than that," said head coach Missy Ringler, who also made her debut as a Rebel. "We're looking forward to tomorrow, and we'll try to improve on each round."

The second of the three-round tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. MDT on Friday.



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