Van Niekerk Sizzles in Nevada|
March 12, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior golfer Ulrika Van Niekerk continued her hot streak Wednesday, firing a final-round 69 to finish second at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational in Boulder City, Nevada. The top ten finish was her second in six days as the Capetown, South Africa, native also finished among the top ten at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational in Arizona on Sunday.
Van Niekerk shot a three-round total of 210, 6-under par, finishing two strokes behind tournament medalist Cathryn Bristow of Oregon. Van Niekerk in the last six days had four rounds under par, including all three at the UNLV event.
Stephanie Smith finished in an 18th-place tie with a 1-over 217, while Gloriana Soto tied in 39th place with a 223. Alex Gibson shot a 226 and tied in 46th place and Megan Dowdy carded a 232 and a 68th-place tie. Rosalyn Kim, playing as an individual, posted a 2-over 218 and finished in a 21st-place tie.
Texas Tech, which posted a school-record 286 in the second round, tied with Oregon in third place as both teams finished with 5-over 869s. The finish marked the second top three showing for the Lady Raiders in the last two events as the team claimed the runner-up spot at the Rio Verde tournament Sunday. Washington State and No. 35 BYU tied atop the team leaderboard, finishing 10 strokes ahead of Tech and Oregon with a pair of 859s.
San Francisco (870) finished fifth, followed by host UNLV (873), UC Davis (875), Campbell (883), Idaho (887) and No. 46 Washington (888) among the top ten. No. 45 Indiana (889), Fresno State (890), Colorado State (901), Sacramento State (901) and New Mexico State (913) were 11th through 15th, respectively, while Kansas State (914), Eastern Washington (925) and Long Beach State (942) rounded out the field of 18.
Complete results and standings are on-line at www.golfstat.com.
Texas Tech will take spring break off from competition, before heading out for another back-to-back tournament swing in the southwest. The Lady Raiders will compete in the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 29-30 and the BYU/Dixie Classic in St. George, Utah, April 1-2. The events will be the final tune-ups prior to the Big 12 Conference Championships in Stillwater, Okla., April 25-27.