POLY MACK IN FIFTH AFTER DAY TWO OF MW CHAMPIONSHIP

UNLV shoots 11-over as a team in round two, sophomore Polly Mack cards a 2-over to move to 4-over for the tournament 
 
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA (UNLVRebels.com)   The 2019 Mountain West Women’s Golf Championships continued Tuesday with round two at Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage, Calfiornia, where the UNLV women’s golf team cut its round-one score in half on the event’s second 18 holes to remain in fourth place. The 11-over (299) on day two moved the Rebels to 33-over (609) for the tournament as they still sit 11 shots back from a new leader, San Diego State, who overtook San Jose State atop the leaderboard with the best team round of the day at 7-over 295. 
 
Sophomore Polly Mack, who finished round one in a tie for fifth, turned in another 2-over 74 Tuesday to give her a 4-over (148) score after 36 holes and move her alone into the fifth-place spot. In all, four of five Rebels sit in the top 20 on the leaderboard. Mack’s classmate Cathy Liu began the day in a tie for fifth with Mack and shot a 6-over 78 to sit in a tie for 12th, while senior Shannon Oh carded a 2-over 74 Tuesday to jump up to a tie for 17th at 11-over. Fellow senior Elizabeth Prior had the largest improvement on day two, shooting a 1-over 73 to go from a tie for 37th to a tie for 19th at 12-over. Freshman Veronica Joels will enter the final round in a tie for 29th at 16-over.
 
The Spartans saw their five-shot lead disappear by the end of round two as SJSU carded a 19-over to fall to second place at 31-over (607). SDSU went in the opposite direction with its 7-over Tuesday to take control of the event with a nine-stroke lead with 18 holes left to play. UNR is in third just one shot behind the Spartans at 32-over (608), while the Rebels sit just one back of the Wolf Pack in fourth. Fresno State rounds out the top five at 37-over (613).
 
Day one leader, Fresno State’s Brigitte Thibault, stayed consistent on day two, besting her first-round score of 71 by one stroke to extend her lead to four shots over the rest of the field at 3-under (141). SDSU’s Fernanda Escauriza moved into the second place at 1-over (145) for the tournament, followed by SJSU’s Natasha Andrea Oon in third at 2-over (146). Aztec Sarah Kjellker turned in the only individual round under 70 over the first two days of the event to jump 13 spots to fourth place at 3-over (147), while Mack is one shot back of Kjellker at 4-over.
REBEL OF THE DAY: Prior rebounded from an uncharacteristic first round Monday, shooting the best individual round of the day for the Rebels – a 1-over 73 – that saw four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.
NEXT UP FOR THE REBELS: The final round will get underway Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. with UNLV’s tee times as follows: 7:45 a.m. Veronica Joels; 7:54 a.m. Elizabeth Prior; 8:03 a.m. Shannon Oh; 8:12 a.m. Cathy Liu; 8:21 a.m. Polly Mack.
 
REBEL SCORES:
  • 4th – UNLV – (310-299 — 609, +33)
  • 5th– Polly Mack, sophomore (74-74 — 148 , +4)
  • T12th – Cathy Liu, sophomore (74-78 — 152, +8)
  • T17th – Shannon Oh, senior (81-74 — 155 , +11)
  • T19th  – Elizabeth Prior, senior (83-73 — 156, +12)
  • T29th – Veronica Joels, freshman (81-79 — 160, +16)
TOP FIVE TEAMS 
1. San Diego State (303-295 — 598, +22)
2. San Jose State (299-308 — 607, +31)
3. UNR (305-303 — 608, +32)
4. UNLV (310-299 — 609, +33)
5. Fresno State (313-300 — 613, +37)
REBEL NOTES: 

UNLV finished in the top-10 in all five of six and in the top six in four of six regular season tournaments this spring, including a first-place finish at the Battle at Boulder Creek and a second place finish at Rebel Beach
Polly Mack earned her first outright victory at the Mountain View Invitational this spring with a career-low 54-hole score of 10-under. She was named Mountain West Women’s Golfer of the Week for the second time this spring after her victory
The Rebels finished second at their second annual Rebel Beach Invitational at Spanish Trail Country Club in February, which is co-hosted by Long Beach State. Prior blew out the field with a seven-shot victory for her second straight tournament win
The Rebels opened the spring with a team win at the Battle of Boulder Creek, with Prior and Mack tying for medalist honors
Prior and Mack were named Co-Mountain West Women’s Golfers of the Week after their win at Boulder Creek, then Prior earned it a second consecutive week after her win at Rebel Beach
Last spring, the Rebels won its third straight MW championship, marking three consecutive MW titles for the first time since they won three in a row from 2004-06

• UNLV has won four conference championships in seven years under head coach Amy Bush-Herzer