ST. GEORGE, Utah - The UNLV women's golf team capped a seven-place leaderboard leap with a final-round 292 to come from behind and win the BYU Dixie Classic at Sunbrook Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Rebels sat in eighth place after the tourney's first 27 holes, played on Monday, before blistering the second half of the 54-hole event. With Tuesdays' 4-over par round, UNLV moved to 42-over for the event and defeated San Francisco by three strokes.
'What a great feeling,' said UNLV head coach Missy Ringler. 'Our performance here actually confirmed my thoughts that this was a tournament that we could go up and win. It's very fulfilling that we did.
'The most satisfying feeling about the whole thing is the way we rallied and came back from such a deficit,' Ringler added.
UNLV outlasted the 22-team field, which included four Mountain West Conference opponents and almost assuredly earned the squad a bid to the NCAA Regionals next month.
While the Rebels topped San Francisco on the team leaderboard, it was the Dons' Jordan Auten who pulled in medalist honors. At two-over par, Auten won the tournament by three strokes over Idaho's Nicole Keller.
Two Rebels - freshmen Sunny Oh and Elena Kurokawa - finished just off Auten's pace. The duo tied for sixth place at eight-over par.
Kurokawa earned her spot in the top 10 after carding a final-round 70, matching the UNLV school record set by Oh last fall.
On the freshmen's heels was sophomore Christine Hentzner, who finished 15th overall at 12-over par.
Rounding out the Rebels team card were sophomores Hwanhee Lee and Tina Mabanta, who both finished tied for 46th overall at 21-over par. Senior Erin Borcherts topped them both with a 20th-place showing at 14-over, but played as an individual and did not count toward the team total.
The Dixie Classic marks the Rebels' final regular season event. The squad heads for the Mountain West Conference Championship in Sunriver, Ore., later this month.