Graduating Goldstein Offers UNLV Memories, Advice for Juniors

Morgan Goldstein, a former Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association and Faith Lutheran High standout, had just finished a round at the Jackrabbit Invitational at Boulder Creek when she took a few moments to ponder her UNLV Women’s Golf career. Goldstein spent two years with the Rebels and will graduate this spring with a plan to work in the Las Vegas golf community. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder, www.LasVegasGolfInsider.com

“The first thing that comes to my mind about being a rebel is honor,” Goldstein said. “I was born and raised in Las Vegas and I’m honored to be on a team in my hometown. A memory that I have being a rebel is being able to play one of my last rounds with one of my best friends and she is on the team Gracie Olkowski. So that was one of my favorite memories as being a rebel. Also, I would like people to know that I am graduating this semester, so this is my last year as a rebel. I am going to go out with a bang and I’m excited to hopefully get into the golf community after I graduate.”

Goldstein will graduate with a degree in multi-disciplinary studies.

 

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Goldstein finished T29 in the Jackrabbit event hosted by South Dakota State. Goldstein was named to the All-Mountain West Academic team in 2022-23 as a Rebel.

Goldstein played for the Rebels for two seasons and transferred from the University of Iowa where she played for three years. She was two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree with the Hawkeyes, she holds a career average round of 76.38, an 18-hole personal best of 69 and a career-best 54-hole score of 218 (+2). Additionally, Goldstein notched seven top-25 finishes at Iowa, including a 24th-place finish at the 2021 Big Ten Championships and four top-10 finishes.

In 2020, she won the Nevada State Women’s State Amateur Championship at Reflection Bay Golf Club, shooting a final-round 67 to finish 11-under 133.

During her prep career with the Crusaders, Goldstein made the All-Southern Nevada first team, All-Mountain Region first team, All-Northwest League first team and registered a career-low round of 71. She also won both the Collegiate Toyota Cup Tournament at La Costa Resort in San Diego and the Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National, recording the first and only perfect score in the event’s history.

“Playing golf in SNJGA tournaments was really special,” Goldstein said. “I was able to create some great memories with some awesome people. Playing in tournaments today, I still see some SNJGA people around. It’s a great community to start your kids and playing golf and it’s fun and I love it. My best advice for juniors is to go out and have fun. Don’t take anything so seriously. Go out and compete your hardest, play your best, but have fun while doing it.”