Nevada women's golf finishes eighth in Rebel Beach Invitational

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Nevada women's golf finishes eighth in Rebel Beach Invitational (Nevada Athletics)

The Nevada women’s golf team wrapped up its run at the Rebel Beach Invitational on Tuesday with an eighth place finish.

The Wolf Pack finished the event at 29-over par, just a few shots back of placing in the top half of the field. Nevada combined for a team score of 298 on the final day, matching its second round score. The Pack placed eighth in the 11-team field and finished above tournament co-host UNLV, which has won three out of the last four Mountain West Championships. No. 3 USC ran away with the tournament title, finishing at 25-under par, 22 shots ahead of runner-up Fresno State. The Trojans and Bulldogs were the only two teams under par after the 54 holes of play.

Leading the way for Nevada on the final day and overall in the tournament was sophomore Danni Ujimori. Ujimori fired a 1-under 71 on Tuesday, moving her up seven spots into a tie for 14th place in the 66-player field. She totaled five birdies during her final round, including four on the front nine. Ujimori finished the event at 3-over par, just two shots back of notching a top 10.

Senior Katy Rutherford pieced together a solid final round for the Pack. Even though she did not record any red numbers on her scorecard on Tuesday, Rutherford made 15 pars and just three bogeys to card a 3-over 75. Her final round put her at 8-over for the tournament and in a tie for 26th. Right behind Rutherford was freshman Leah John, who tied for 28th at 9-over par. John struggled on the final day, posting an 80 which dropped her from the top 15 to the top 30. Sophomore Victoria Gailey improved her score in the final round, going from a second round 78 to a 1-over 73 to tie for 34th. Newcomer Kayla Nocum shot a 79 on Tuesday to place her in a tie for 66th.

Gabriela Ruffels of USC took home the individual title at 9-under par. Ruffels bested teammate Allisen Corpuz by two shots.

Nevada will return to action at the Gunrock Invitational March 2-3 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, Calif.

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