UNLV junior John Oda, who is on the Ben Hogan Award watch list, is leading the Rebels following two rounds of their home tournament, the Southern Highlands Collegiate at the prestigious Southern Highlands, the home course of UNLV. Oda was at 2-under par and in a tie for 8th. As a team, the Rebels are in a tie for fifth.
The prestigious tournament, which annually features one of the toughest fields in college golf, includes six of the nation’s top-10 teams according to Golfweek and 10 of the country’s top 25.
No. 7 USC holds the team lead as the Trojans are 7-under 569 after 36 holes. They shot a second-round 3-over 291. No. 10 Stanford and No. 3 Okalhoma State are tied for second, six shots back, at 1-under, while Pepperdine is fourth at 3-over, and the Rebels are tied with No. 9 Texas Tech at 4-over 580. There are 15 teams competing.
California’s Collin Morikawa is still the individual leader by a shot as he was 1-under 71 during the second round. He has a 36-hole total of 7-under 137. USC’s Justin Suh is at 6-under, while Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Oklahoma State’s Kristoffer Ventura are both tied for third at 4-under.
In addition to Oda, two other Rebels are in the top 25: junior Shintaro Ban is tied for 16th at even-par 144 after a second-round 2-over 74, while sophomore Harry Hall is tied for 21st at 1-over 145 after a second-round 1-under 71.
Freshman Justin Kim is tied for 36th at 5-over 149 after a second-round 5-over 77 and freshman Derek Castillo is tied for 67th at 12-over 156 after a second-round 7-over 79.
Three Rebels are playing as individuals: senior Taylor Montgomery is tied for 32nd at 4-over 148 after a second=round 1-over 73, freshman Justin Chong is tied for 67th at 12-over 156 after a second-round 6-over 78 and freshman Yash Majmudar is in 76th at 14-over 158 after a second-round 10-over 82. There are 80 golfers in the field.