Women's Golf to Compete for 2010 WAC Title
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The University of Nevada will play in the 2010 Western Athletic Championship Monday- Wednesday, April 19-21, held in Phoenix, Ariz. at the Longbow Golf Club, hosted by University of Hawaii.
On the line is an automatic selection to the NCAA Regionals, following the WAC Championship.
ABOUT THE 2010 WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: The seven teams competing in the WAC Championship include; Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, tournament host Hawai'i, New Mexico State, Nevada and San Jose State.
Teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time each day. Nevada will tee off for round one Monday at 8:50 a.m.
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: Representing the Wolf Pack at the WAC Championships are; junior Lauren Hernandez (Las Vegas, Nev.) sophomore Jamie Yam (San Diego, Calif.), freshman Louise Yi (Cinnaminson, N.J), freshman Eugenia Guerra (Monterrey, Mexico) and sophomore Alex Borcherts (Las Vegas, Nev.).
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NEVADA'S WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Nevada has finished in the top five at the WAC Championship in seven of its previous nine tournament appearances. The team's best finish is fourth place, accomplishing that in 2004, 2007 and at last year's 2009 Championship.
LAST YEAR AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: The Wolf Pack finished fourth with a three-round total of 36-over 900 (308-296-296). The team's total of 36-over 900 marked its lowest tournament total of the season, while Nevada's fourth-place showing was its best at the WAC Championship since finishing fourth in 2007.
Senior Melanie De Leon finished fourth with a three-round total of two-over 218 (72-73-73). For De Leon, it marked her eighth top 20 finish of the season and her fifth in the top five.
Sophomore Lauren Hernandez matched her career low with a one-under 71 in the final round and moved up 11 spots into eighth at eight-over 224 (80-73-71), marking her best finish of her young career and her second top 20 showing of the year. Freshman Jamie Yam had her best round of the tournament with a two-over 74 in the third round and finished in a tie for 17th at 13-over 229 (80-75-74), while junior Pamela Abreu finished 27th at 16-over 232 (76-78-78). Freshman Alex Borcherts rounded out the Wolf Pack lineup with a 33rd-place finish at 31-over 247 (85-75-87).
LAST TIME OUT: The Wolf Pack hosted the Nevada- UC Davis Challenge yet fell to the Aggies by six strokes; the Aggies shot a nine-over 297 to down the Wolf Pack, which shot a 15-over 303
Nevada was led by junior Lauren Hernandez and sophomore Jamie Yam who tied for second with one-over 73s. The Wolf Pack duo finished one stroke behind UC Davis' Kimberly Johnson who carded an even-par 72 to win the event individually.
Freshman Louise Yi finished in a tie for eighth at five-over 77, while freshman Eugenia Guerra and junior Ana Patricia de la Maza tied for 15th at eight-over 80.
Nevada also had three individuals playing in the event, led by sophomore Alex Borcherts who tied for eighth at five-over 77. Senior Cathleen Ward ended up 13th after shooting a six-over 78 on Friday, while senior Pamela Abreu was 17th with an 85.
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 6-8.
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 26th.
East Carolina University will host the East Regional at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C. Indiana University will host the Central Regional at Otter Creek Golf Club in Bloomington, Ind. and Stanford will play host to the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Club in Stanford, Calif.
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 18-21. University of North Carolina will play host to the national tournament at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.