UNLV women struggle in opening round of NCAA golf regional

UNLV struggled in its opening round of the NCAA women’s golf Central Regional Thursday, posting a 19-over-par 307 and standing in 14th place, 12 shots behind co-leaders Alabama and California in Stillwater, Okla.

Junior Dana Finkelstein had the Rebels’ best round at the Karsten Creek Golf Course, finishing at even par 72. She was 1-under heading into her next-to-last hole after making the turn at even par starting at No. 10. But Finkelstein took bogey at the par-4 No. 8 which brought her back to even.

Finkelstein’s teammates were unable to come close to matching her performance as senior Demi Mak and freshman Avery French both finished with 6-over 78s and junior Mayko Chwen Wang had a 7-over 79. Freshman Vivian Chen’s 10-over 82 did not count toward the team score.

The Crimson Tide and Golden Bears both posted a team total of 7-over 295, one shot ahead of Florida and Kent State. The individual leader heading into today’s second round is Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State, who had a 7-under 65.