Nevada Golf College Golf
By Joe Morris
Photo Credit: SNGA
Las Vegas Collegiate
Showdown Wraps Up
The UNLV women’s golf team reached the halfway point by finishing a mildly disappointing
third at their home event, the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The event ended with co-champions for the team trophy with the San Diego State Aztecs and the Minnesota Golden
Gofers tying at 1-under.
The Rebels were in third place after the first round of the three-day event, with a 1-over-par
289 on the par-72, 6,277-yard Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City. The team remained in
third place at the end of each round despite a very strong individual showing where senior
Dana Finkelstein came from nine strokes behind to win the individual medalist honor.
The only home event of the season for the Rebels is also the final event of the fall season.
They will sit through the winter break ranked 21st in the nation. The first half of the season
saw UNLV winning the team championship at the Betsy Rawls Invitational and turning in
consecutive runner-up finishes in its other three events.
The Rebels finished their lone home tournament of the season strong however. Freshman
Mackenzie Raim sank three consecutive birdies on the back nine, sophomore Vivian Hsuan
Chen hit an eagle in her final hole and Finkelstein tied for a tournament-high 15 birdies,
seven of which came in the final round.
Also competing for the Rebels in the LVCS was freshman Harley Dubsky, who finished 14th
at 2-over 218 (74-69-75), Chen tied for 30th at 6-over 222 (72-77-73) and senior Mayko Chwen
Wang (74-77-76) and Raim (80-76-71) tied for 62nd at 11-over 227. Freshman Avery French
and senior Marguerite Swearingen competed as individuals and French finished tied for
25th at 5-over 221 (75-74-72) and Swearingen tied for 53rd at 10-over 226 (75-80-71).
Individually Finkelstein added this victory to make two this season and four for her
career. In second place was San Diego State’s Haleigh Krause, who turned in 6-under
210 (65-68-77) Minnesota’s Celia Kuenster, who carded a 4-under 212 (76-68-68) finished
in third. Fresno State’s Madchen Ly (71-75-67) and UC Riverside’s Brittani Ferraro tied
for fifth at 3-under 213.