Ban Earns MW Player of the Year – Trent Freshman of Year

The Rebels are rolling on and off the course. They head into the 2018 NCAA Regionals off their third-straight Mountain West conference title and the players are collecting hard-earned conference awards. Senior Shintaro Ban was named player of the year and Jack Trent earned freshman of the year honors. Junior Harry Hall and freshman Garrick Higgo were named to the All-Mountain West team.

Rebel John Oda–who turned professional–was named MW player of the year last year. It marks the 13th time a Rebel golfer has earned the award.

In 12 total tournaments this season, the Rebels have recorded nine top-five finishes, including three team titles and two runner-up performances.

Ban, from San Jose, California, will compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup for the United States side. The MW’s individual champion set three records at the conference championship on Sunday: total score (200), score relative to par (16-under) and margin of victory (nine). It was his fourth individual title of the season, which ranks tied for first in program history with 1991 NCAA Champion Warren Schutte. Ban leads the team and conference in scoring average with 69.33 per round and in 12 tournaments has recorded 11 top-20 finishes, eight top-10s and six top-fives. Out of 36 total rounds, he has shot 20 in the 60s and 29 at par or better.

Hall, from Hayle, England, will also compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, but for the international squad. He is second on the Rebel team in scoring average with 71.22 and in 12 tournaments has recorded eight top-20 finishes, three top-10s and a top-five (second place at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas). Out of 36 rounds, he has shot 11 in the 60s and 22 at par or better.

Trent, from Las Vegas, is third on the team in scoring average with 71.42. In 12 tournaments, he has placed in the top 20 six times, in the top 10 five times and in the top five twice. His best finish of the season was a third-place performance at the Jackrabbit Invitational. Out of 36 rounds, he has shot 11 in the 60s and 18 at par or better.

Higgo, from South Africa, has only been with the Rebels since this semester began. In seven tournaments, he has recorded a scoring average of 72.00 with three top-20 finishes, including a fifth-place showing at the National Invitational Tournament. Out of 21 rounds, he has shot five in the 60s and 10 at par or better.