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Nov. 1, 2004

Henderson, Nev. - UNLV had three players finish in the top-10 and the Rebels are currently in second place after Monday's first round of the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown, held at Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev.

Players battled windy conditions all afternoon, but the Rebels' trio of Allison Chell, Hwanhee Lee and Seema Sadekar showed little ill effects as UNLV carded 296 as a team to finish eight-over par for its round. The Rebels trail first-round leader No. 3 ranked Washington by two strokes after the Huskies opened with a 294 (+6) on the par-72 course that plays 6,194 yards.

Chell led the Rebels, as the freshman rolled in three birdies for a first-round score of one-over 73. Chell is two strokes behind first-round co-leaders Megan Hull of Texas Tech and Jessica Potter of San Francisco, both of whom shot a one-under 71 in Monday's opening round.

Lee and Sadekar are just three strokes off the pace, as the pair both shot two-over 74. Sadekar recorded a team-high four birdies on the day, including three on the front nine.

Elena Kurokawa shot a three-over 75 and Tina Mabanta added an 85 (+12) for the Rebels. Each team in the showdown consists of five players, with the four best scores from each round counting toward the team total. Rounding out the top-five teams after the first round was Texas Tech (299, +11), Stanford (301, +13) and USC (303, +15).

Sitting one stroke behind Hull and Potter is Amy Wang of Washington, who shot an even-par 72 in the first round to lead the Huskies. Chell is tied for fourth with two other golfers while Lee and Sadekar are in a group of 11 that is tied for seventh. Included in that group were Sung Ea Lee, Paige MacKenzie and Kim Shin of Washington.

Also competing as individuals for the Rebels were Young Pak (87, +15), Erin McGough (88, +16), Christine Hentzer (89, +17) and Ayeesha Kosugi (90, +18).



Tuesday's second round is slated to tee off at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) at Anthem Country Club.

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