Rebels Finish Top 5 in 2021 Season Opener

Rebel men’s golf is back! And the Rebels are off and swinging. The team finished in the top five.

The UNLV men’s golf team shot the third-lowest team score of the final round with a 1-over-par 285 to record a top-five finish at the season-opening Arizona Intercollegiate, which was played at the Sewailo Golf Club (par 71, 7,292 yards).

Host Arizona led wire-to-wire for the team title with a 54-hole score of 2-under 850. Wake Forest finished second at 4-over, followed by New Mexico in third at 16-over and San Francisco in fourth at 20-over. UNLV’s three-round total was 25-over 877 as it ended the tournament in fifth place, shooting up three spots in the standings on the final day. There were a total of 17 teams competing.

Individually, Arizona’s Brad Reeves held on for medalist honors by two shots at 4-under 209. Wake Forest’s Michael Brennan and Iowa State’s Lachlan Barker tied for second at 2-under.

UNLV had three players finish among the top 22 individuals among the field of 96 golfers. Junior David Rauch finished tied for 14th at 4-over, senior Jack Trent tied for 17th at 5-over and senior J.J. Gresco tied for 22nd at 6-over. The low Rebel of the final round was shot by sophomore George Leigh with a 2-under 69, which consisted of five birdies and three bogeys. Leigh finished the event tied for 69th at 14-over, and fifth-year student-athlete Justin Kim tied for 82nd at 19-over.