Leah John and Victoria Gailey gain NCAA Championship bids on their own

The NCAA announced today on Golf Channel that Leah John and Victoria Gailey have qualified for the Stanford Regional on May 9-11, with an eye on the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 20-25.

It is John and Gailey’s first NCAA berth, and the first time in program history that two golfers qualify for the NCAA Regionals as individuals in the same season. The Pack last qualified for the NCAA Regionals as an individual in 2000-01. Angie Yoon finished in a tie for 37th (+16), capping a streak of three consecutive regional appearances. Yoon’s tie for second place result in an NCAA regional in 1998-99 was the best finish by a Nevada women’s golfer (-1).

Gailey carded the lowest round (68) in Nevada women’s golf history during the third round of the Mountain West Championship on Apr. 20. This season, she has the second-lowest score against par (73.40) in program history and owns the record for the lowest score against par (73.06; 2020-21). Gailey has a national scoring rating of 132 over 30.0 rounds and has a program record 11 rounds at or below par this season. She has 77 birdies this season, which is second all-time in program history behind teammate Leah John (84).

Gailey earned her 14th top-10 finish of the season after finishing tied for seventh (+3) in the Mountain West Championships. John gets her first NCAA Championships appearance as an at-large selection. She won her first professional event at The Show at Spanish Trail, shooting the lowest round of her career (66) in the second round and closing with a four-under 66 to claim the individual championship. Her 212 was the tournament’s lowest score and tied for the third-lowest 54-hole total in program history (Angie Yoon, 1998-99; Celyn Koo, 2015-16, 212). John has posted the fourth-lowest score in program history with a scoring average of 73.67 against par.




Written by Clint Pasillas

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