Shintaro Ban has pretty much played spectacular golf all year, adding up to four wins, the Mountain West Player of the Year award, a spot on the United States Palmer Cup team and inclusion as a nominee for pretty much all of college golf’s top awards. Ban continued his phenomenal senior season with an opening round 5-under 67 at the NCAA Golf Championships. His round included nine birdies and had him tied for the lead.
The first day wasn’t completed by all golfers due to inclement weather and as a team, the Rebels were 29th after the day, but many teams were still on the course and their position would improve as teams completed their rounds. The top 15 teams after three rounds move on to match play. The Rebels were estimated to be about five strokes out of 15th place.
“(Ban) played a great round today, fantastic really,” Rebels coach Dwaine Knight told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He played a great round, but the team, we’re disappointed in the fact we’re so far back. With a great round like Shin’s, we needed to take advantage of it as a team, and we didn’t today.”
REBEL OF THE DAY: Shintaro Ban was one of two players to shoot a complete round 5-under 67 on Friday, as he birded six of his first nine holes. Ryan Lumsden of Northwestern was the other player with a complete round 67. Ivan Ramirez of Texas Tech (through 12) and Bryson Nimmer of Clemson (through 10) were also at 5-under on Friday before their opening rounds were halted.
- T1st – Shintaro Ban, senior (67, -5)
- T60th – Justin Kim, sophomore (73, +1)
- T99th – Harry Hall, junior (75, +3)
- T153rd – Garrick Higgo, freshman (82, +10)
- T153rd – Jack Trent, freshman (82, +10)