Rebels, Oda Finish Top 10 at Southern Highlands Collegiate

Playing against some of the top players and teams in the country, the UNLV Rebels as a team finished 6th and John Oda individually finished in 7th place in their home event, the Southern Highlands Collegiate, played at their home course, Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Oda is on the Ben Hogan award watch list and was inspired heading into the week by head coach Dwaine Knight’s typical wise words.

“One thing that I really liked this week is he said for us to believe,” Oda told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “He told us that we had been playing well in the first few tournaments and wanted us to believe and understand that we can make anything happen.”

USC won the tournament while Oklahoma’s Grant Hirschman won the individual title.

Former UNLV golfer and assistant coach JC Deacon, now the head coach at Florida, tweeted the following after the tournament, which is regarded as one of the best events in all of college golf:

“Another incredible @SHCollegiate. It truly is a regular season major for us. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers for 1st class tourney!”

Oda shot 4-under 212 after a final-round 2-under 70. Two other Rebels finished in the top 25: junior Shintaro Ban tied for 21st at 3-over 219 after a final-round 3-over 75, while freshman Justin Kim tied for 25th at 4-over 220 after a final-round 1-under 71.

Sophomore Harry Hall tied for 46th at 10-over 226 after a final-round 9-over 81 and freshman Derek Castillo tied for 68th at 18-over 234 after a final-round 6-over 78.

Three Rebels played as individuals: senior Taylor Montgomery tied for 29th at 5-over 221 after a final-round 1-over 73, freshman Yash Majmudar tied for 63rd at 15-over 231 after a final-round 1-over 73 and freshman Justin Chong finished 67th at 17-over 233 after a final-round 5-over 77. There were 80 golfers in the field.