Ban, Oda Earn 2016 NCAA Region Division I Honors

Division I PING All-Region honorees have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. A total of 156 players across six regions – Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West – earned all-region honors for 2016. Two Rebels, Shintaro Ban and John Oda, were among the honorees.

Both players were also honored as members of the All-Mountain West Team last month after leading the squad to the league title. This all-region honor marks the second of Oda’s career as he also was named to the West’s squad last year, while this is the first for Ban.

Oda, from Honolulu, Hawaii, led UNLV in scoring average at 71.63. He appeared in 13 tournaments for the Rebels, playing 38 rounds. He scored in the 60s eight times and had 23 rounds at par or better. His best finish was a tie for first at the LMU Invitational, which was played at Lake Las Vega

Ban, from San Jose, Calif., was third on the team in scoring average this past season, with 72.65 strokes per round. He competed in 12 tournaments, playing in 34 rounds. He scored in the 60s on five occasions and had 15 rounds at par or better. His best finish was a tie for first at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio, and had a total of five top-10 finishes.

The Rebel team enjoyed another quality season with multiple victories including winning the Mountain West Conference tournament. In addition, the team made the program’s 28th-straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals.