UNLV women’s golf shot two-under as a team on Friday, improving by 13 strokes in the second round, moving into a tie for fifth place after two rounds of the UNLV Spring Invitational, which is being played at Boulder Creek Golf Club, a terrific course located in Boulder City, a short drive from Las Vegas.

Three Rebels shot even par or better and they were led by sophomore Da Sol Chung’s four-under 68 on the afternoon, as scoring conditions were pristine out on the par-72, 6,199-yard course. Under calm and sunny skies, Chung rolled in seven birdies and had just three bogies on her round. She closed her round by scoring birdies on three of the final four holes to move into a tie for 19th after starting the day all the way down in 60th. The 68 that Chung shot on Tuesday was the lowest round of the season for her.

BYU kept the overall team lead, shooting five under on the afternoon for a 36-hold total of 563 (-13) which is good enough for a seven-stroke lead over second-place Indiana, which has a score of 570 (-6). Idaho is in third at three-under 573 and New Mexico is fourth at two-under 574 to round out the teams that are under par.

The Lady Rebels have access at some of the best golf courses in Las Vegas including Rio Secco Golf Club, The Revere at Anthem, The Legacy, Reflection Bay Golf Club and TPC Canyons, among others.

The overall individual leader is still Rachel Newren of BYU with a two-round total of 137 (-7), a day after she set a tournament record with a 67 (-5) that featured two eagles and four birdies on the round. Tuesday afternoon she shot a two-under 70 to keep her lead.

UNLV senior Seema Sadekar recorded her first sub-par round of the season with a one-under 71 on the course Tuesday, including sinking three birdies. Sadekar has a two-round total of 149 (+5) which has her tied for 36th. Melissa Mabanta also had a strong day for the Rebels, shooting an even-par 70 which was the best round of the freshman’s collegiate career. Mabanta is tied for 47th and her round on Tuesday featured an eagle on the par-4 fourth hole, which was playing 347 yards.

Despite a tough second round in which she was four over par, Natasha Krishna is tied 27th with a two-day total of 147 (+3) and Kasi Lee rounds out the Rebel scorecard with a score of 148 (+4) which has her tied for 30th.

Playing as an individual for the Rebels as well is sophomore Nicole McGirr, who is currently tied for 52nd with a 153 (+9) heading into the final round.


From report by UNLV Sports Information, Bryan Haines

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