It’s a mantra that can’t be said enough: Finish Like a Rebel. The saying is usually reserved for the final three holes of a round and the final day of a tournament, but the Rebels lived up to it and got started in the process during an important second round at the NCAA Golf Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The team moved up the leaderboard to be in position to make the 15-team cut after three rounds.
The No. 20 UNLV men’s golf team improved on its first-round score by four strokes Saturday, shooting a 293 to move up five spots into a tie for 21st place with a 14-over 590 score. Shintaro Ban continues to pace the Rebels as he is tied 28th with an even 144, while Justin Kim (2-over 146 and pictured above) moved up nine spots to a tie for 46th and Harry Hall (4-over 148) moved up 22 spots into a tie for 68th.
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“The team definitely had a much better round today,” UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said. “We made good choices on the course and we challenged the par 5s better then we did on Friday. Today we had patience and we put balls into play, we avoided the penalties we had yesterday. It was a much more competitive round from us, today was more of a Rebel Golf day. Our spirits are high and we’re looking forward to a good round tomorrow. Shintaro didn’t have his ‘A’ game on today, but the others picked it up for us. We know he’ll be back on tomorrow, and it should be an exciting day.”
• T28th – Shintaro Ban, senior (67-77=144, E)
• T46th – Justin Kim, sophomore (73-73=146, +2)
• T68th – Harry Hall, junior (75-73=148, +4)
• T138th – Garrick Higgo, freshman (82-73=155, +11)
• T142nd – Jack Trent, freshman (82-74=156, +12)
• This year marked UNLV’s 30th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
• UNLV is in the NCAA Championships for the second straight year, and third in the last four.
• In 13 events this season, UNLV has recorded 10 top-five finishes, including three team titles and two runner-up performances.
• In April, UNLV won its third straight Mountain West Conference title.
• Ban, the MW’s Player of the Year, has four individual wins this season and a total of five for his career. He ranks tied for first in UNLV history for most wins in a season and is tied for third for career victories.
• UNLV captured an NCAA Regional title last year and advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ at the NCAA Championship.
• Ban and Hall will both compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, while Ban was a semifinalist for the highest honor in college golf – The Ben Hogan Award, as well as a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award.
• This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.