The UNLV golf team will receive one of the highest honors available in Southern Nevada sports when the team 1998 National Championship team is inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on June 24. The Class of 2016 features the Rebel golfers; Frank Mir, a former UFC champ who grew up in Las Vegas; former Major League Baseball player Marty Cordova; and Sig Rogich, a major supporter of sports in Southern Nevada. The induction will take place at The Orleans Arena following the annual golf tournament.
“It is a privilege to have this honor for our group,” Knight said about the honor. “To be connected with a group that does so much for the youth of Nevada, not just Southern Nevada, is incredibly humbling and we are very proud to be a part of it. It was a great win for our team. We owe this city a lot. There is no place like it. I am proud to be a member of this community and we were proud to be able to bring a championship home because this city deserved it.”
That squad is still one of only two Rebel teams, along with 1990 men’s basketball, to earn a national championship. That team also set a school record with seven team tournament titles during the 1997-98 season and featured All-Americans Jeremy Anderson, Bill Lunde, Chris Berry and Charley Hoffman, while Knight earned conference, regional and national coach of the year honors. That team is also in the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2008 in addition to the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.
Head coach Dwaine Knight’s team won that year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at the Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. The Rebels shot a final-round one-over par 289 to finish at 34-under-par 1,118, which set the NCAA record for lowest total in history after also setting the national record for lowest team score after two rounds with 23-under par.
“It is an honor to be here,” Anderson, who still lives in Las Vegas and is a former PGA Tour player, said at the announcement on behalf of the other players. “It is hard to believe it has been almost 18 years. Back then, I don’t think any of us truly understood what it would mean to win a national championship. To be a part of this class is just a true honor and we couldn’t be more excited for the ceremony this summer.”
The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 20th year in Las Vegas. This year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 24 at the Orleans Arena. Ticket information and additional details may be found at SNSHF.com.