UNLV freshman Justin Kim had a solid tournament during the Rebels home event, the Southern Highlands Collegiate, and followed that up two days later with even better opening rounds at the Jackrabbitt Invitational played at Las Vegas’ Siena Golf Club. Kim fired a two-day total of 9-under par and stood in second place as did the Rebels as a team. They finished the two rounds at 22-under par. Kim shot rounds of 67 and 68.
Two other players on the Rebel squad were in the top 15: junior John Oda was tied for 12th at 5-under after rounds of 73 and 66, while sophomore Harry Hall was 15th at 4-under after a 73 and 67.
Rebel junior Shintaro Ban was tied for 22nd at 1-under (71-72) and senior Taylor Montgomery was tied for 40th at 2-over (70-76). Sophomore Derek Castillo was playing as an individual and was tied for ninth at 6-under (70-68).
Kim finished tied for 25th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate and UNLV head coach was pleased with the breakout performance against one of th best fields in all of college golf. Kim added to his momentum through two rounds at the Jackrabbit, which is being hosted by South Dakota State.
“I was very encouraged by the play of Justin Kim, who had a breakout tournament,” UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight told the Las Vegas Review-Journal following the Southern Highlands Collegiate. “We can’t always rely on Oda, Ban and Hall to play well, so our fourth and fifth players are important.”
Nevada Reno led the Jackrabbit after two rounds at 33-under par.