It’s an amazing streak and it will continue for the 30th year in a row. The UNLV men’s golf team will make an appearance in the NCAA Regional once again and enter the Columbus Regional, which begins Monday, May 14, as the fourth seed. It will be hosted by Ohio State University at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Rebels are coming off the Mountain West tournament victory (their 3rd in a row) and also won their regional appearance in 2017.
“We are comfortable going back there (to the Midwest and Ohio State),” said UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight, who is in his 31st year leading the Rebel program. “It is a great golf course because it plays really hard, we know a lot about it. There are going to be really good teams there. If we play our game, it should play right into our comfort zone. Our last few events, we have really been playing at a high level. Our team has had some important experiences recently that should help us a lot as we are going through the next few weeks.”
Senior Shintaro Ban is having one of the best senior seasons in Rebels history and won his fourth individual title of the year at the MW Championship, setting three records at the event. The team has recorded nine top-five finishes, won three team titles and finished as runnner-up twice in 12 total events this season.
“We have some pretty good momentum,” Ban said. “We have played at Ohio State in prior years, so that should help. Our coaches have a lot of knowledge around the course, so they are going to pass it on to us. I have actually won there once – my first collegiate win – so that should also help. It is a really tough course, it’s not easy, but when it comes to tougher courses for UNLV, our team does a really good job. We are looking forward to it.”
UNLV won the NCAA Regional last year in West Lafayette, Indiana, then went on to advance as far as the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championship, missing the Final Four by just one stroke.
COLUMBUS REGIONAL – May 14-16
OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course – Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by Ohio State
Teams (seeded in the following order):
- Oklahoma State
- Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
- Texas Tech
- UNLV (Mountain West Conference)
- Wake Forest
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Yale (The Ivy League)
- Cleveland State (Horizon League)