RENO, Nev. Coming off its fifth top 10 finish of the season, the University of Nevada women’s golf team plays host to the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship Monday-Wednesday, April 20-22 at the par 72, 6,133-yard Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno. The Wolf Pack heads to Wolf Run looking to win its first WAC Championship and finish in the top five at the event for the seventh time in its nine years as a member of the league. Also on the line at the WAC Championship is the league’s automatic selection to the NCAA Regionals.
Nevada has turned in five top 10 finishes in eight events this year, including a season-best second-place showing at the Northwest Inland Cup in September in Pullman, Wash.
ABOUT THE 2009 WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: Teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time each round. Nevada will tee off starting at 8:10 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday and will play with Boise State in the first round, while second- and third-round tee times will be determined by results.
The seven teams competing in the WAC Championship include Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, tournament host Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State.
Awards will be presented following the completion of the tournament, including the championship team trophy, top three finishers at the championship, all-conference first and second teams (five each) based on season play, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
ADMISSION, LIVE SCORING & RESULTS: Admission to the WAC Championship is free for fans, while live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com for fans who can’t follow the action in person. Results from each round will also be available each day at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
NEVADA'S LINEUP: Nevada’s lineup for the 2009 WAC Championship will include senior Melanie De Leon (Saugus, Calif.), junior Pamela Abreu (Guatemala City, Guatemala), sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and true freshmen Alex Borcherts (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Jamie Yam (San Diego, Calif.).
2008-09 NEVADA SCORING AVERAGES:
|Name||App.||Top 20||Rounds||Strokes||Avg.||Low Round|
|Melanie De Leon||8||7||24||1794||74.75||69|
DE LEON LEADS TEAM FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT SEASON: Three-time second-team All-WAC honoree and senior Melanie De Leon has led the team in scoring average in each of her four years at Nevada, including a 74.75 mark this season. She leads the team with seven top 20 finishes this year and turned in the first win of her career at the Northwest Inland Cup in September.
NEVADA’S WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Nevada has finished in the top five at the WAC Championship in six of its previous eight tournament appearances. The team’s best finish is fourth place, accomplishing that in 2004 and again in 2007.
LAST YEAR AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: Led by Pamela Abreu and Melanie De Leon, Nevada finished seventh at the 2009 WAC Championship, held April 21-23 at the par 72, 6,125-yard Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno, Calif.
Nevada carded a 28-over 316 in the final round to finish seventh with a three-round total of 82-over 946 (316-314-316). Tournament host Fresno State overcame a seven-stroke lead coming into the final day to capture the 2008 WAC Championship with a three-round total of 41-over 905.
For the Wolf Pack, Abreu (76-80-76) and De Leon (81-74-77) both tied for 14th at 16-over 232, while Heather Olmstead ended up in a tie for 28th at 24-over 240 (78-82-80). Jennie Pleas finished 32nd at 26-over 242 (81-78-83), and Luxchmi Gill was 35th at 33-over 249 (83-82-84).
LAST TIME OUT: Nevada finished the regular season with a seventh-place showing in the Anteater Invitational, held March 30-April 1 at the par 71, 5,924-yard Dove Canyon Country Club in Irvine, Calif.
As a team, Nevada carded a 34-over 318 in the final round and finished seventh with a three-day total of 83-over 935 (316-301-318). It marked the Wolf Pack’s third consecutive top 10 finish and its fifth of the season.
Senior Melanie De Leon notched her team-leading fifth top 10 showing of the season with a tie for seventh place. She carded a four-over 75 in the final round to finish at 10-over 223 (75-73-75). Junior Pamela Abreu (78-77-82) and sophomore Lauren Hernandez (80-75-82) both tied for 31st at 24-over 237, while freshman Alex Borcherts ended up in a tie for 39th at 27-over 240 (83-76-81). Freshman Jamie Yam finished in a tie for 48th to round out the Nevada lineup (85-79-80=244).
UP NEXT: The winner of the WAC Championship will receive an automatic berth to one of the three NCAA Regional sites, which will be held May 7-9. The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee will announce the field of 63 teams and nine individuals for the three NCAA Regionals (21 teams and three individuals at each site) on Monday, April 27. The University of Florida will host the East Regional at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., Ohio State University will host the Central Regional at is Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, and Arizona State University will play host to the West Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
The top eight teams and two individuals not on those teams at each regional site will earn an invitation to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships May 19-22. Georgetown University will play host to the national tournament at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.