UNLV Takes First Round Lead in 2004 MWC Women's Golf Championship

April 22, 2004

BEND, Ore. -

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With three individuals in the Top 10, the UNLV Rebels took the first round lead in the 2004 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship on Thursday at Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore.

UNLV holds a two-stroke lead over four-time defending MWC Champion New Mexico Lobos. UNLV fired a five-over par total of 289, while New Mexico sits at seven-over par 291. The Wyoming Cowgirls shot an opening round of 45-over par 329, and are in sixth place in the six-team field.

In the individual race for the 2004 MWC Championship, Elena Kurokawa of UNLV leads by two strokes over Katrina Keckovic of New Mexico and Margaret Gibby of Brigham Young. Kurokawa fired a three-under par 68 on Thursday, while Keckovic and Gibby are tied for second at one-under 70. Wyoming's lowest individual score of the first round was shot by freshman Michelle Camaione, who posted a seven-over par round of 78.

"The first day showed the strength of this conference with UNLV and New Mexico jumping out to the early lead," said UW women's golf coach Jill Rettinger. "Michelle (Camaione) was our lone individual who shot in the 70s, with a 78. For a freshman competing in her first conference championship, that was a solid round. She is only four strokes out of the Top 10, so there are a number of individuals closely grouped together.

"We didn't have the kind of opening round as a team that we had hoped for, but we have two rounds remaining to improve our play. I know the girls are anxious to play better in Friday's round."

UNLV entered this week's conference championship ranked No. 20 in the nation in the most recent Golfweek NCAA Division I women's golf rankings. New Mexico was ranked No. 4 in the country in that same poll.

The 2004 MWC Women's Golf Championship is being played on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort. Sunriver's Meadows Course measures 5,851 yards and plays to a par of 71.

The second round will tee off on Friday beginning at 10 a.m., Pacific time. Wyoming, San Diego State and BYU will be paired together in the first grouping of teams for Friday's second round. Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV will be matched in the second grouping of teams.

The third and final round of the championship will be played Saturday.