It’s pretty much an annual ritual for Las Vegas golf and UNLV fans, and Rebels players and coaches: the UNLV men’s golf team being announced as on of the participating teams in the NCAA Golf Championship playoffs. Once again in 2019, the Rebels are included and head to the Myrtle Beach Regional as the sixth seed.
The Regional, which begins Monday, May 13, will be hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The Rebels found out their seed and where they would be playing during a Golf Channel Selection Show watch party with the Rebel Golf Foundation at Spanish Trail Country Club.
UNLV’s 31st straight appearance in a NCAA Regional is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
“It is always great to go to the national championship,” said UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight, who is in his 32nd year leading the Rebel program. “That is how we have built our program, to try to win national championships. We have been fortunate to have won one and have had some individual champions as well. It is always our goal at the beginning of every season to get back there and it has become harder and harder every year. We are going a long way from home again, but Myrtle Beach is a great golf center for the sport, so I know we will be on a great golf course and I think that will inspire us.”
UNLV is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Mountain West Championship. The Rebels have won five NCAA Regional titles with the last coming in 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. UNLV placed third last year at the regional in Columbus, Ohio, to advance to the NCAA finals. The Rebels are looking for their 22nd overall appearance at the national finals this year.
NCAA team and individual titles will be decided May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year’s men’s golf championships will be broadcast for the sixth consecutive year by Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned for the Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.