UNLV’s McKenzi Hall Learns, Perseveres During LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek

As they say in Vegas, sometimes the deck is stacked, you just don’t know if it is for you or against you. That was the case for UNLV Women’s Golf star Mckenzi Hall, a sponsor exemption into the 2024 T-Mobile Match Play presented by MGM Rewards. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder, Las Vegas Golf Insider

There was plenty stacked in Hall’s favor. She was playing in her first professional event on one of the best golf courses in the world and during an LPGA Tour event. A once in the lifetime opportunity for a deserving college champion and Las Vegas hometown standout and Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association alumna.


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On the stacked-against-her side of things, she was playing against the best golfers in the world on a very difficult golf course and during some blustery conditions.

Hall shot rounds of 83-86 to miss the cut. Her best play came during her inward 9 on the first day when she shot even par. The 86 came during very windy conditions and several other LPGA Tour professionals.

She showed guts and determination throughout.

Overall, it was a win for Hall, UNLV Women’s Golf and MGM, which presented her with the exemption.

“Where to begin … if you would have told me a few months ago that I would be playing in the LPGA T-Mobile Match Play I wouldn’t have believed you,” Hall said via Instagram. “To be given this opportunity is something I will never forget. Unfortunately golf is hard sometimes and I was not able to play the way that I wanted. This was by far one of the hardest golf courses I’ve ever played, but I told myself to be positive no matter the result. I learned so much from this experience that will only help my grow as a golfer and as a person. to play my first LPGA event in my hometown in front of my family and friends means the world to me. to have my dad on the bag to experience this with me is something I have dreamt about for as long as I can remember. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without @lanceevanslv giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful for you and this entire experience you were able to give me. I would also like to thank @lyderally__ for helping me throughout this whole process. The hospitality and the entire shadow creek staff was incredible. Thank you to @badbirdiegolf for all the sweet gear this week. Finally, thank you to all my family and friends that came out to support this week. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”