The Nevada women’s golf team navigated through a successful fall season, placing inside the top 10 in three of their four events. The fourth event of the fall, the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, saw the Wolf Pack garner a top 15 finish in what is considered to be its toughest competition of the entire season.
In the team’s season opening tournament, the Ptarmigan Ram Classic back in mid-September, the Wolf Pack got off to a great start by tying for fifth place. The event saw the return of Jordan Keyser, who redshirted last season, playing to a top 15 finish in her first event since the Mountain West Championship in 2015.
As September continued along, Nevada got strong play out of a couple of its rookies at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational. Playing in just her second collegiate tournament, freshman Mari Nishiura notched a top 10 finish to lead the team at 7-over. Fellow freshman Katy Rutherford made her collegiate debut at the event and posted a top 15. Thanks to the play from its newcomers and others the Pack recorded its best finish of the fall, grabbing hold of fourth place.
Nevada struggled to open play in its third event of the fall, the Ron Moore Women’s Collegiate, but brought it home in a big way to close out the final round. The Wolf Pack carded a team score of 283 for the third round, which at the time, was the second-lowest 18-hole team score in program history. The Pack jumped six spots from the start of the tournament to place ninth. Sophomore Chaithra Katamneni led the charge on the final day by recording a 4-under round of 68, which was a career-low for her until the team’s next event.
The team’s final fall event, the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, was shortened from three rounds to just two due to a weather cancellation on day two. After it opened the event with a team score of 296, the Wolf Pack improved by 14 strokes in the final round to post a 282, which then became the second-lowest 18-hole team score in program history. Katamneni also set a new career-low with a round of 67. Keyser played the best golf of her collegiate career as she came in under par in both of her rounds to finish at 3-under for the tournament.
Nevada opens the spring season on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Peg Barnard Invitational from Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.