Optimism was high for women's golf at UNLV in early spring this week. The Rebels' best result was seventh in the fall, but a dominant 39-shot win in this week's battle at Boulder Creek in Boulder City may be the first sign of big things to come.

On Monday and Tuesday, UNLV co-hosts the Rebel Beach Invitational with Long Beach State at the Spanish Trail, the home run of the Rebels.

"The excitement is immediately what comes to my mind when I think of spring," Bush-Herzer said. "Pay attention to this team in the regular season, but be careful at the start of the championship season. We talked a lot about our culture and the legacy that our three elders want to bequeath to this program.

"They are committed to doing everything in their power to win a fourth consecutive title at Mountain West."

These elders, Elizabeth Prior, Alyssa Getty and Shannon Oh, could become the most successful category in the history of women's golf under the UNLV with another title of conference. It will not be easy because the Rebels (92) currently rank behind the mountains of West Mountain Colorado (69), New Mexico (85), San Diego (50) and San Jose State (33).

In addition to senior citizens, the Rebels are anchored by sophomore Polly Mack, the reigning Mountain West player and year – round freshman. In Boulder Creek, Mack and Prior tied for first place (Mack won the playoffs) and freshman Veronica Joels of Las Vegas was third. For its part, Gabby DeNunzio of the Weber State, produces Coronado High, was fifth tied with Oh. Getty finished seventh.

Next week's Rebel Beach Invitational will mark a further step in the competition for the Rebels and will feature Arizona, NCAA defending champion, Oregon (38), Colorado (42) and Virginia (16).

"This year we have a very deep field at Spanish Trail and this event will continue to grow," said Bush-Herzer. "USC (1) and UCLA (12) have asked to play next year and I think Rebel Beach will be as good as UNLV's Southern Highlands Collegiate, known as one of the best tournaments in the country."

Primm champions

The Amateur Primm Champions of the Southern Southern Nevada Golf Association were: Brandon Bauman (championship); Darrel Lutey (senior); Kevin Parrish (money); Jerry Algeo (net); Gordon Shiring (main network); and Stephen Sitar (silver net);

Weekly offer

From Thursday until the end of February, first responders with valid ID will receive a two-for-one tour at Aliante, Primm, Mountain Falls, Legacy and Wildhorse.

Junior Stars

Athletes of the 2018 year of the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association were: Nicholas Kilgore and Natalie Cheong (12-14), Tyler Smerz and Victoria Estrada (15-18). The players of the year were: Samantha Phelan and Vincent Kyle Forbes (12-14), McKenzi Hall and Cameron Gambini (15-18).

Winners of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Champions National Championships are: Cameron Huang (9-11), Kyle Guloy and Kirstin Angosta (12-14), Yuki Moriyama and Riana Mission ( 15-18).

The golf book appears on Wednesday. Freelance writer, Brian Hurlburt is a two-time author who has covered golf in Las Vegas for over two decades. You can contact him at bhurlburt5@gmail.com or @LVGolfInsider.