RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV women’s golf team’s streak of consecutive Mountain West titles ended at three Wednesday at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage, where the Rebels finished third at the 2019 conference championship event. The Scarlet and Gray carded a three-round score of 47-over (911), coming in seven shots behind champion San Diego State.
UNLV had won league titles the last three straight years and at one point on the final day pulled within five shots of the leader, but ultimately came up short in its quest for a fourth straight championship. Despite this, the Rebels’ name is still etched in the record books as they join New Mexico as the only other team in the conference to win at least three straight league crowns two different times in Mountain West history.
All five Rebels competing in the tournament finished in the top 25, led by sophomore Polly Mack, who tied for sixth at 9-over (225) to cap three days inside the top 10. Seniors Shannon Oh and Elizabeth Prior, playing in their final conference event, finished in a tie for 11th at 13-over (229) and in 14th at 15-over (231), respectively. Sophomore Cathy Liu carded a three-round score of 18-over (234), while freshman Veronica Joels tied for 25th at 20-over (236).
San Diego State, the leader after two rounds, used a nine-stroke cushion and a late birdie on an otherwise rough day for the Aztecs to hold off a furious comeback by UNR and win by one stroke for the program’s second Mountain West title in its history. The Aztecs finished at 40-over (904), followed by the Wolf Pack, who shot the best final team round of the day of 9-over 297, in second at 41-over (905), UNLV in third at 47-over, San Jose State in fourth at 48-over and Fresno State at 57-over (921).
Fresno State’s Brigitte Thibault was the wire-to-wire individual winner, taking medalist honors by two strokes at 1-over (217). SDSU’s Sara Kjellker and SJSU’s Natasha Andrea Oon tied for second at 3-over (219), followed by SDSU’s Fernanda Escauriza in fourth at 5-over (221) and UNR’s Victoria Gailey in fifth at 8-over (224) to round out the top five.
REBEL OF THE DAY: Oh turned in the best final individual round Wednesday of any Rebel at the event – a 2-over 74 – to finish in the top 11.
NEXT UP FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels will have to wait a week to find out if they will be selected for a 17th consecutive NCAA Regional. The selection show is set for Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PT on the Golf Channel.
- 3rd – UNLV – (310-299-302 — 911, +40)
- T6th– Polly Mack, sophomore (74-74-77 — 225 , +9)
- T11th – Shannon Oh, senior (81-74-74 — 229 , +13)
- 14th – Elizabeth Prior, senior (83-73-75 — 231, +15)
- T20th – Cathy Liu, sophomore (74-78-82 — 234, +18)
- T25th – Veronica Joels, freshman (81-79-76 — 236, +20)
TOP FIVE TEAMS
1. San Diego State (303-295-306 — 904, +40)
2. UNR (305-303-297 — 905, +41)
3. UNLV (310-299-302 — 911, +47)
4. San Jose State (299-308-305 — 912, +48)
5. Fresno State (313-300-308 — 921, +57)
• This is the fifth top six finish in seven total tournaments this spring
• UNLV finished in the top-10 in 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
• The Rebels have won three straight MW titles two different time in its history – 2004-06 and 2016-18
• UNLV has won four conference championships in eight years under head coach Amy Bush-Herzer