October 24, 2008–The lady golfers from UNLV are set to host the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Golf Club Oct. 27-29. The Lady Rebs are led by sophomore Therese Koelbaek (pictured), last year's conference Freshman of the Year. Boulder Creek Head Pro Andy Schaper is thrilled to be hosting the event. "I feel a great sense of pride as well as privilege when it comes to hosting a top quality event such as the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown," says Schaper. "There are a lot of great Las Vegas golf courses that the UNLV Women's Team coaches have to choose from, so I greatly cherish the decision to have the championship at Boulder Creek Golf Club."
Schaper added: " It is our goal to be the most enjoyable facility overall that the women will play throughout the year. With our great layout, beautiful course conditions and friendly staff, I believe the women will have a great time at Boulder Creek Golf Club." Boulder Creek Golf Club is located a short 23 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and offers 27-holes of public, resort golf at value pricing. Click now to play the same course as the Lady Rebels. Visitors and locals are both welcome.
In a recent Golfweek poll, UNLV is ranked 48th but hopes run high for the team that nearly broke into the top 20 earlier this season. Other teams playing in the Las Vegas Golf Collgiate Showdown include BYU, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa State, Long Beach State, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UNLV and Washington. Oklahoma State (5) is the highest ranking team in the tournament according to the most recent Golfweek rankings. Louisville (16) and Pepperdine (18) are the other teams in the top-20. The public is invited to attend.
Other Lady Rebel golf news: UNLV women golfers Natasha Krishna and Therese Koelbaek recently finished play at the 2008 World Amateur Team Championships, which was held in Adelaide, Australia. Krishna, a junior for the Rebels, played for New Zealand, while Koelbaek, a sophomore, was part of Denmark's squad at the four-day tournament. The tournament was played on two different courses at the Grange Golf Club and included a field of 48 international teams. Each country's team had three players, and the top two scores from each round were counted toward the team score.
Denmark tied for eighth with a score of 587 (+7) and New Zealand came in tied for 21st with a team score of 603 (+23). Sweden won the team title with a 561 (-21), and were led by Caroline Hedwall, who earned medalist honors with a score of 280 (-10).
Koelbaek posted a strong score of one-under 71 to finish tied for 27th overall with a total of 299 (+9), and Krishna tied for 72nd with a score of 308 (+18). Koelbaek had five birdies on her round, her best of the tournament.