Rebels in Third After Two Rounds of NCAA Columbus Regional

Your Golfing Rebels stand in third-place at the Columbus NCAA Regional being played at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State. The Rebels are 9-over and trail leader Oklahoma State and second-place Illinois entering the final round. The top five teams advance to the NCAA finals being played May 25-30 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“We are in good shape, but we need to have a Rebel round (Wednesday),” UNLV coach Dwaine Knight said. “We take a lot of pride in trying to have the best round of the tournament on the final day. We’ll be playing in the featured pairing again with Illinois and Oklahoma State, and I think that will help a lot. We just need to be patient and not force it.”

Check out the official article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

UNLV has been led by junior Harry Hall who is at 2-under, 140, and in a tie for fifth place. Senior Shintaro Ban, the Mountain West Conference Player of the year, is in ninth at even par, 142. Freshman Garrick Higgo is tied for 10th at 1-over, 143. Sophomore Justin Kim is tied for 33rd at 8-over, 150. Freshman Jack Trent is tied for 40th at 9-over, 151.

REBEL NOTES:

  • This year marks UNLV’s 30th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
  • In 12 events this season, UNLV has recorded nine top-five finishes, including three team titles and two runner-up performances.
  • UNLV is coming off its third straight Mountain West Conference title.
  • Ban, the MW’s Player of the Year, won his first career individual title at OSU’s Scarlet Course in 2016. His four individual wins this season give him 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 has been named a semifinalist for the highest honor in college golf – The Ben Hogan Award.
  • This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.