Five finish inside the top 25 for Nevada.
Nevada finished all three rounds under par
Nevada coach part of inaugural class at Aquinas High School in California.
Nevada has four players in top 20 with 18 holes to play.
Nevada opens at Colorado State tournament.
The 2016-17 season will be the fourth at the helm for Kathleen Takaishi.
Takaishi’s squad placed seventh in the Mountain West Championship last year and will look to build on that in the coming season, returning all but one from last year’s roster. Takaishi loses Caryn Khoo, one of the program’s best all-time players, but returns a young lineup which saw a lot of playing time in 2015-16.
The Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, one of the premier women’s events in all of college golf, was a bright spot for the Wolf Pack last fall, setting records left and right. Junior Celyn Khoo’s opening round of 67 set the low individual record, only to have that bested the very next day by sophomore Michelle Duan’s round of 66. As a team, Nevada set the program’s 18-hole record with a second round team score of 278. All of that culminated into a new 54-hole program record of 850, shattering the previous record of 878, which had been set in the early 2000s.
Takaishi's second year at Nevada in 2014-15 proved to be a pivotal season in the direction of the program. The Pack, led by then-senior Nikki Prichard and then-junior Caryn Khoo, captured the team title of the Cowgirl Classic, hosted by Wyoming in Arizona. Prichard and Khoo tied for third place individually at the event. The team win was Nevada's first since 2006 and provided momentum for a strong finish in the Mountain West Championships.
The program also has achieved notable off-the-course success as well. Takaishi continues to place a consistent number of her players on the academic all-Mountain West team. A high number of them have also been selected as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes and All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
Takaishi's first year saw similar success in the classroom and some notable success on the course as a pair of players, including Caryn Khoo, qualified for the United States Public Links Championships.
Takaishi came to Nevada after a successful tenure at Portland State where she guided the Vikings to three Big Sky Championships in five and a half seasons as head coach. She was a four-year letterwinner at Oregon State, where she earned All-America honors in 1998 and competed in NCAA Regionals all four seasons.
"Kathleen has a proven track record of winning championships by recruiting and developing high-caliber student-athletes," athletics director Doug Knuth said when Takaishi was hired. "We are thrilled to have Kathleen join the Wolf Pack family and lead our women's golf team to new heights."
While at Portland State, Takaishi was twice named the Big Sky Coach of the Year (2010 and 2011) and produced a Big Sky Player of the Year (2013) and a Big Sky Freshman of the Year (2011). She guided the Vikings to three championships and NCAA Regionals appearances (2008, 2010, and 2011) and twice had the Big Sky Championship individual medalist. She had 13 players named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team and 11 players who earned all-conference honors.
A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Takaishi starred at Oregon State from 1995-99. She competed in NCAA Regionals in four different seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships as a junior in 1998 and again in 1999. She was named an NCGA All-American in 1998. In October 2015 she was inducted into her high school's Hall of Fame at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino.
Following her collegiate career, Takaishi competed professionally for three years on the Players West Tour, US Challenge Tour and the Futures Tour. She qualified for the final stage of LPGA Q-School in 2001.
She began her coaching career as an assistant for the men's and women's teams at UC Riverside in 2002. In February of 2004, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the women's team before taking the Portland State job in February of 2008.