RENO, NEV. Coming off its best finish of the season, the University of Nevada women’s golf team continues its spring season this week, traveling to Fresno, Calif., for the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championship. Fresno State University will play host to the seven-team tournament Monday-Wednesday, April 21-23 at the par 72, 6,125-yard Sunnyside Country Club. The Wolf Pack heads to Fresno looking to win its first WAC Championship and finish in the top five at the event for the seventh time in its eight years as a member of the league. Nevada has turned in four top 10 finishes in eight events this year and is coming off its best showing of the year with a third-place finish at the Cowgirl Classic April 7-8.
ABOUT THE 2008 WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: Teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time each round. Nevada will tee off at 9:20 a.m. Pacific Time and will play with Idaho and Boise State on Monday, while second- and third-round tee times will be determined by results.
The seven teams competing in the WAC Championship include Boise State, tournament host Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State. Also on the line at the WAC Championship is the league’s automatic selection to the NCAA Regionals.
Live scoring for the WAC Championship will be available online at www.golfstat.com, while a recap of each day’s action will also be posted at www.nevadawolfpack.com. More information about the championship can also be found on the WAC’s official web site at www.wacsports.com.
NEVADA’S LINEUP: Nevada’s lineup for the 2008 WAC Championship includes junior Melanie De Leon (Saugus, Calif.), senior Jennie Pleas (Lihue, Hawaii), sophomore Pamela Abreu (Guatemala City, Guatemala), senior Heather Olmstead (Puyallup, Wash.) and junior Luxchmi Gill (Reno, Nev.).
2007-08 NEVADA SCORING AVERAGES
|Name||App.||Top 20||Rounds||Strokes||Avg.||Low Round|
|Melanie De Leon||8||5||22||1659||75.41||68|
LAST YEAR AT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Led by Heather Olmstead, Nevada ended the 2006-07 season with a fourth-place finish at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship, held April 23-25, 2007, at the par 72, 6,319-yard New Mexico State University Course in Las Cruces. N.M.
The Wolf Pack carded a 21-over 309 in the final round to finish in fourth place with a three-round total of 51-over 915 (306-300-309), nine strokes off the lead of league champion Idaho (906). Olmstead was Nevada’s top finisher, tying for fifth place at 11-over 227 (75-73-79). Kelly Burke finished in a tie for 12th with a three-round total of 14-over 230 (73-75-82), while Melanie De Leon ended up 18th at 16-over 226 (80-76-76). Jennie Pleas tied for 24th at 20-over 236 (82-76-78), while Nicole de Gennaro finished in a tie for 31st at 23-over 239 (78-85-76). De Leon also earned second-team All-WAC honors for the second consecutive season.
NEVADA’S WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Nevada has finished in the top five at the WAC Championship in six of its previous seven tournament appearances. The team’s best finish is fourth place, accomplishing that in 2004 and again in 2007.
LAST TIME OUT: Nevada turned in its best finish of the season with a third-place showing at the Cowgirl Classic, held April 7-8 at the par 72, 6,108-yard Ocotillo Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The Wolf Pack carded a 28-over 316 in the final round to finish in third with a three-round total of 63-over 927 (314-297-316). That marked the team’s fourth top 10 finish of the season and its first in the top five.
Junior Melanie De Leon led the Wolf Pack with a tie for fifth place at 11-over 227 (79-70-78). That marked her team-leading fifth top 20 finish of the year and her second showing in the top five this season. Senior Heather Olmstead turned in her first top 20 finish of the year with a tie for 10th place at 14-over 230 (78-73-79). Senior Jennie Pleas (78-75-82), this week’s WAC Co-Golfer of the Week, and sophomore Pamela Abreu (79-79-77) both tied for 22nd at 19-over 235, while true freshman Ana Patricia de la Maza finished in a tie for 53rd at 31-over 247 (84-80-83).
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 8-10. 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) at 2 p.m. Pacific Tiem on Monday, April 28. Georgia will host the East Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., Texas will host the Central Regional at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, and Sacramento State will play host to the West Regional at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif.
The top eight teams and two individuals not on those teams at each regional site will earn an invitation to the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships May 20-23. The University of New Mexico will play host to the national tournament at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M.