FRESNO, Calif. Led by senior Kelly Burke, the University of Nevada women’s golf team opened the spring season with a 13th-place finish at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27 at the par 72, 6,072-yard Copper River Country Club in Fresno, Calif.
The Wolf Pack carded a 19-over 307 in Tuesday’s final round to move up three spots into a tie for 13th with a two-round total of 51-over 627 (320-307). Fresno State won its own tournament, capturing a two-stroke victory over UC Irvine (598) with a two-round total of 20-over 596 (299-297). Hawai’i finished in third (599), while Long Beach State (605) and Kansas State (609) rounded out the top five teams.
Burke was Nevada’s top finisher, tying for 32nd with a two-round total of 11-over 155 (79-76). Senior Nicole de Gennaro (81-75) and sophomore Melanie De Leon (78-78) both finished in a tie for 41st at 12-over 156, while junior Heather Olmstead tied for 75th with a two-round total of 161 (83-78). Redshirt freshman Pamela Abreu tied for 81st (82-81=163), and junior Jennie Pleas, who was playing as an individual, tied for 55th with a two-round total of 14-over 158 (82-76).
Long Beach State’s Kay Hoey captured individual medalist honors, claiming a two-stroke victory over Colorado’s Lindsay Caljouw with a two-round total of two-over 146 (74-72). Caljouw finished at three-over 147 (74-73).
Nevada returns to action on March 5-6 at the Spartan Invitational. San Jose State will play host to the tournament at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose, Calif.