TEMPE, Ariz. – The UNLV women's golf team is in 18th place following two rounds of play after shooting a second-round 313 (+25) at the NCAA West Regional, which is being played at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. No. 1 Arizona State remained at the top of the 21-team field and the Sun Devils are running away with the team title with a two-round total of 20-under 556, good for a 14-stroke lead over No. 4 USC. ASU has three players in the top 10, including individual leader Carlota Cignada, who has a 36-hole total of 9-under 135, good for a one-stroke lead over Jane Chin of UC Irvine and Belen Mozo of USC.
Rebel sophomore Therese Koelbaek has a total of 153 (76-77, +9) has the lowest score after two rounds of play, and one stroke behind is junior Natasha Krishna (75-79—154, +10) and is tied for 72nd. UNLV freshman Bethany Glassford (73-82—155, +11) is tied for 80th, while Kristen Schelling (80-76—156, +12) and Alejandra Guacaneme (75-81—156, +12) are in a group that is tied for 86th.
UNLV is part of a field of 21 teams and three individuals that features eight teams in Golfweek's latest top 25 that also includes No. 3 USC, No. 10 LSU, No. 13 Pepperdine, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 17 San Jose Staten, No. 20 Arizona and No. 25 Cal. The Rebels are playing in their seventh consecutive regional and their best finish in a regional came in 2004, when UNLV finished second in the East Regional to Duke. Last year the Rebels finished third in the NCAA West Region and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the third berth in school history to the national championships.
Saturday’s final round gets underway at 7:00 a.m. (PT) on the par-72, 6,230-yard course 7:00 a.m. on holes 1 and 10, and fans can follow the action live by going to www.unlvrebels.com. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Report: Bryan Haines, UNLV Sports Information.