Rebels Tee Off at Lubbock Regional Monday|
May 7, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After a couple weeks of preparation, UNLV Women's Golf is set to tee off Monday in the Lubbock Regional, marking the Rebels' 15th straight NCAA Regional appearance. UNLV is one of 18 teams competing at the regional, which takes place May 8-10 in Lubbock, Texas, and is hosted by Texas Tech University. The 54-hole tournament will be played on TTU's The Rawls Course, a 72 par 6,593 yard course. Pac-12 Champion UCLA is the top seed in the regional and UNLV is an 11 seed.
The Rebels are coming off their second-straight Mountain West Conference Championship after a three-stroke win over second place San Diego State at the 2017 championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., April 17-19. It marked the first back-to-back championships under head coach Amy Bush-Herzer and the first time the program had won consecutive titles since the team won three straight from 2004-06. Overall it was the sixth title in program history and the third in seven years under Bush-Herzer. As a team, the Rebels carded a three-round score of 4-over (868) to beat out the Aztecs for the second straight year. UNLV also had three players finish in the top six on the leaderboard, led by sophomore Elizabeth Prior, who finished tied for fourth after carding a 2-under for the tournament. Senior Alexandra Kaui and Harley Dubsky each shot even for the tournament to finish in a tie for sixth. Junior Mackenzie Raim and sophomore Alyssa Getty finished in 12th and tied for 18th, respectively.
With four of five returners from last year's NCAA Regional squad on the team, Bush-Herzer will hope last year's experience will help them find success in Lubbock. In 2016, the Rebels were the fifth seed in the Stanford Regional and went on to finish in 14th place after shooting a 27-over 595. Kaui was the Scarlet & Gray's top finisher at the regional as she shot a 2-over 215 to tie for ninth.
The Lubbock Regional gets underway Monday, May 8, at 8 a.m. CT with Tuesday's second round and Wednesday's final round getting started at the same time each morning. The six teams and three individuals not on those teams with the lowest tournament scores will advance to championship tournament.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship will be hosted by Northern Illinois University for the first time ever and is set for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The format for the championships will consist of three days (54 holes) of stroke play for all participating teams, Friday through Sunday. The top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will then compete in the final round on Monday and an individual champion will be determined. After Monday, the top eight teams will advance to the match-play team championship. The team national champions will be determined by a match-play format consisting of quarterfinals and semifinals played on Tuesday, followed by the finals on Wednesday.
THE FIELD: The Lubbock Regional features 18 teams and six additional individuals not on those teams. Golfweek rankings in parentheses. Pac-12 Champion UCLA (1) is the top seed, followed Arizona State (4), Furman (9), Kent State (16), Texas (22), Oklahoma (25), BYU (39), San Diego State (30), Texas Tech (27), TCU (35), UNLV (33), Oregon (42), Iowa State (46), Oregon State (58), Murray State (77), Georgetown (117), Richmond (152), Sacred Heart (186). The individual participants include: Caroline Nistrup of Louisiana State University; Malene Krolboll Hansen of Coastal Carolina University, Lois Kaye Go of Boston College, Alivia Brown of Washington State University; Jakeishya Le of University of California, Riverside and Katrina Prendergast of Colorado State University.
THE LINEUP: The UNLV lineup in Lubbock will be junior Mackenzie Raim, senior Alexandra Kaui, sophomore Elizabeth Prior, senior Harley Dubsky and sophomore Alyssa Getty.
Monday, May 8: 8 a.m. CT (18 holes); 8:00 a.m. Getty, 8:10 a.m. Dubsky, 8:20 a.m. Prior, 8:30 a.m. Kaui, 8:40 Raim.
Tuesday, May 9: 8 a.m. CT (18 holes)
Wednesday, May 10: 8 a.m. CT (18 holes)