TEMPE, Ariz. - UNLV freshman Sunny Oh successfully defended her four-stroke lead in the final round of the NCAA West Regional, firing a one-over 73 at ASU's Karsten Golf Course to win the NCAA West Regional by two strokes over Washington State's Kim Welch on Saturday.
With the victory, Oh advances to the NCAA Championship, slated for May 20-23 in West Lafayette, Ind. The victory was bittersweet, however, as the Rebels finished in 11th place overall and failed to advance as a team.
'It feels great to win and to advance, but we really wanted to qualify as a team,' Oh said.
Oh, a native of Seoul, Korea, led the tournament from wire-to-wire after firing 67 in the opening round. She built her lead with a one-under par 71 in tough conditions on Friday before finishing with a 73.
As a team, the Rebels scored 305 in the final round and finished 55-over par, 14 strokes behind Stanford for the final qualifying spot. Southern California won the event with a six-over 870.
Along with Oh's 73, the Rebels scored a 75 from Elena Kurokawa, a 78 from Hwanhee Lee and a 79 from Erin Borcherts. Christine Hentzner's 84 was discarded.
On the leaderboard, Kurokawa tied for 48th place, Lee tied for 79th, Borcherts tied for 86th and Hentzner tied for 100th.