It’s not easy winning college golf tournaments, especially as a freshman. But that is exactly what Justin Kim did at the Jackrabbit Invitational at Las Vegas’ Siena Golf Club. Kim fired rounds of 67-68-68 to finish 13-under par and win by a single shot over University of Nevada, Reno player Grant Booth and Kaleb Gorbahn and Cal State Fullerton’s Jack Ireland.
The win was the third individual title of the year for the Rebels. Rebels junior John Oda has won the other two. As a team, the Rebels finished as the runner-up.
“It was a good win for Justin and we are proud of him,” UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said. “He is improving his swing fundamentals and his putting is becoming a strong part of his game. To get a win as a freshman is very special!”
Kim also put together a very solid tournament at the Rebels home event, the Southern Highlands Collegiate, which finished two days prior to the Jackrabbit event, which was hosted by South Dakota State.
The Rebels, ranked No. 17 in the country as a team, finished at 34-under 830 after a final-round-low 12-under 276. Nevada, Reno captured the team title at 41-under after a final-round 8-under.
Five UNLV golfers in total finished in the top 20: Oda tied for sixth at 9-under 207 after a final-round 4-under 68, sophomore Harry Hall finished 10th after a final-round 2-under 70, freshman Derek Castillo (competing as an individual) finished tied for 11th at 5-under 211 after a final-round 1-over 73 and junior Shintaro Ban tied for 18th at 2-under 214 after a final-round 1-under 71. Senior Taylor Montgomery tied for 27th at even-par 216 after a final-round 2-under 70.