FRESNO, Calif. Led by sophomore Pamela Abreu and junior Melanie De Leon, the University of Nevada women’s golf team ended its season with a seventh-place finish at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championship, held Monday-Wednesday, April 21-23 at the par 72, 6,125-yard Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno.
Nevada carded a 28-over 316 in Wednesday’s 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. The Bulldogs carded a tournament-best seven-over 295 in Wednesday’s final round and turned in a seven-stroke victory over runner-up New Mexico State (912). After leading the tournament for the first two days, Hawai’i finished in third at 53-over 917, followed by San Jose State (920), Idaho (923), Boise State (933) and Nevada (946).
For the Wolf Pack, Abreu (76-80-76) and De Leon (81-74-77) both tied for 14th at 16-over 232, while senior Heather Olmstead ended up in a tie for 28th at 24-over 240 (78-82-80). Senior Jennie Pleas finished 32nd at 26-over 242 (81-78-83), and junior Luxchmi Gill was 35th at 33-over 249 (83-82-84).
Fresno State’s Laura Luethke won the individual WAC Championship with a three-round total of four-over 220 (73-74-73). She turned in a two-stroke victory over New Mexico State’s Suteera Chanachai (222).
The WAC announced its postseason awards following Wednesday’s competition, and De Leon earned second-team All-WAC honors for the third time in her three years at Nevada.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Adam Pohll, Nevada turned in five top 10 finishes in nine tournaments this year, including a season-best third-place finish at the Cowgirl Classic April 7-8. De Leon led the team with six top 10 finishes and a 75.46 stroke average this season.