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Rebels, Prior Sweep Titles At Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

Oct. 24, 2017

Final Results | @UNLVWGolf 

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - For the second time in the last three years, UNLV women's golf won the team title at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown as hosts of the tournament at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Junior Elizabeth Prior, playing in her first tournament of the year, turned in a career-low 54-hole score of 16-under 200 to earn her second individual title as a Rebel. Her winning score also ties the lowest three-round score in program history, set by Rebel All-American Therese Koelbaek in 2008 at the same tournament.
 
As a team the Rebels carded a score of 17-under to finish in first and win the tournament by 10 strokes over second-place San Jose State. Tuesday's final round was UNLV's only round over par at 4-over, but it was tied for the second lowest round of the day due to wind wreaking havoc on the course. Ultimately it didn't matter, though, as the Rebels' seven-shot lead heading into the last day was enough to help them come out on top. It was UNLV's third win overall in the 16-year history of the tournament and second since 2015, while it marked the first time the Rebels have swept both titles in the same year since 2004.
Prior turned in rounds of 67, 66 and 67 to establish a new career low and win her second collegiate tournament since taking first in the Battle at Boulder Creek as a freshman in 2015 when she shot a 15-under 201 at the same course. The Surrey, England, native is also the first Rebel to win the individual medalist honor at the showdown since All-American-turned-LPGA Tour member Dana Finkelstein won it in 2014.
Freshman Polly Mack had her second top-10 finish in three career collegiate tournaments, finishing in a tie for fourth at 5-under, while senior Mackenzie Raim was the next highest finisher at tied for 16th after shooting even over three rounds.

REBEL OF THE DAY: Prior couldn't have played better in her first tournament action since the spring. She was consistent all three days, sinking a tournament-high 19 birdies - six in the first, seven in the second and six in the third - against just three bogeys - one each day.

COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
  • 1st - Elizabeth Prior, junior (67-66-67—200, -16)
  • 4th – Polly Mack, freshman (67-69-75--—211, -5)
  • T16th – Mackenzie Raim, senior (70-70-76—216 E)
  • T26th –Texie June Petchel, junior (73-72-74—219, +3)*; 
  • T33rd – Nastasia Kossacky, sophomore (73-74-74—221, +5)

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  • T43rd – Alyssa Getty, junior (73-73-77—223, +7)
  • T43rd – Cathy Liu, freshman (71-74-80—225 +9)*
  • T69th – Shannon Oh, junior (76-76-76—228, +12)*
  • *Playing individually

TOP FIVE TEAMS:


1. UNLV (277-278-292—847, -17) 
2. San Jose State (278-284-295—857, -7)

3. Missouri (275-288-296—859, -5)

4. Idaho (289-281-292-—862-2)
5. Fresno State (285-286-291—868, +4)


REBEL NOTES: 
The Rebels have now won their own tournament three times and twice in the last three years (also won in 2004 and a share of the title in 2015) 
Prior sets new career low and ties program mark for lowest 54-hole score
First time since 2004 the Rebels have won both the team and individual championship at the tournament
Last season, UNLV won the Mountain West Championship for the second straight year
UNLV has appeared in 15 straight NCAA Regionals 
The Rebels have won three conference championships in seven years under head coach Amy Bush-Herzer

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: 
UNLV will wrap up its fall slate next week, heading back to Texas for the Trinity Forest Invitational October 30-31 in Dallas. 
 
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