October 28, 2009–Boulder Creek Golf Club is one of three Las Vegas golf courses located in Boulder City, Nevada, a small, non-gaming town located about 35 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. And recently the course was again the site for a home event on the schedule of the UNLV Women's golf team. This Las Vegas golf event brought to town some of the best women college golfers in the country to this area. Arizona left the tournament with a pair of trophies, winning the team title along with Wildcat Sherlyn Popelka taking home medalist honors with a 7-under 209 (69-69-71). UNLV finished 10th.
The event was the final tournament in the fall schedule for the Rebels, but they can look forward to taking some revenge on the University of Arizona as their first event of the spring season is February 22-23 at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Arizona. UNLV junior Therese Koelbaek paced her team, recording a total of 223 (74-73-76, +7) and she was part of a trio of golfers that finished tied for 14th. Koelbaek had three birdies in her round today, and it marked the fourth time in five fall tournaments that she ended up in the top-20. “I felt like we played much stronger today despite the conditions once again being very tough,” UNLV head coach Missy Ringler said. “Therese had a good tournament. We are ready to work hard over the winter break and be ready for a great spring.”
Boulder Creek Golf Club is the sister course to Boulder City Golf Course, and each 'Las Vegas' golf course is owned by the city of Boulder City. The 27 holes of Boulder Creek offer a balance of desert holes with wide fairways and water holes, plus an expansive practice area and nice clubhouse. Plus, the rates are right at Boulder City, where resort Las Vegas golfers can play Boulder Creek for less than $100 for most of the year. The other golf course in Boulder City is Cascata, operated by Harrah's Entertainment.
Alejandra Guacaneme was next on the leaderboard for the Rebels, shooting a final-round 75 (+3) for a three-round total of 228 (+12) which had her in a group that tied for 36th. Natasha Krishna (77-77-76—230, +14) tied for 48th, Kristen Schelling (77-79-78—234, +18) tied for 63 rd and Ellis Keenan (73-82-82—237, +21) tied for 78th. UNLV fielded a second team in the tournament and that group was led by sophomore Bethany Glassford, who finished with a three-round total of 233 (73-74-86, +17) and tied for 60th. She helped the Rebel ‘B’ team to an 18th-place finish with a total of 956 (306-315-335, +92). Mandi Incorvaia (77-75-83—235, +19) tied for 69th, Stephanie Whatley (76-81-85—242, +26) tied for 85th, Melissa Mabanta (82-85-81—248, +32) finished 89th and Victoria Oros (80-87-89—256, +40) finished 91st.
The Rebels were part of a 17-team field that featured three teams in Golfweek’s top-25 rankings in No. 14 Florida, No. 19 Louisville and No. 22 Arizona. The rest of the field included Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho, Kent State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Davis, and Washington. Parts of this story provided by Bryan Haines, Assistant Director of Media Relations for UNLV.