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:
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)
• 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)
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.