It’s an annual tradition for the UNLV men’s golf team to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. And so far, so good, as the team shot an opening-round even-par 288 Monday and is tied for fifth at the 2019 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, which is being played at TPC of Myrtle Beach (par 72, 6,950 yards).
Four Rebel individuals are among the top 30, led by senior Harry Hall and freshman David Rauch, both in a tie for 14th at 1-under 71. Illinois’ Adrien Dumont de Chassart leads all individuals at 5-under 67, while there is a four-way tie for second at 4-under.
No. 23 Illinois is the event’s team leader at 9-under 279, followed by Ohio State in second at 4-under. No. 3 Wake Forest and Florida State are tied for third at 2-under, while the Rebels are tied with No. 10 California. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Finals.
STAT OF THE DAY: UNLV is one of only six schools to shoot par or better during the first round.
REBELS OF THE DAY: Hall’s round consisted of three birdies and a double bogey, while Rauch had three birdies and two bogeys.
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
- T14th – Harry Hall, senior (1-under 71)
- T14th – David Rauch, freshman (1-under 71)
- T29th – Justin Kim, junior (1-over 73)
- T29th – J.J. Gresco, sophomore (1-over 73)
- T66th – Jack Trent, sophomore (7-over 79)
TOP FIVE TEAMS:
- Illinois (9-under 279)
- Ohio State (4-under 284)
T3. Wake Forest (2-under 286)
T3. Florida State (2-under 286)
T5. UNLV (Even-par 288)
T5. California (Even-par 288)
- This year marks UNLV’s 31st straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
- The Rebels have won five NCAA Regional titles with the last coming in 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
- UNLV placed third last year at the regional in Columbus, Ohio, to advance to the NCAA finals where it placed in the top 20.
- The Rebels are looking for their 22nd overall appearance at the national finals this year.
- UNLV is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Mountain West Championship, which snapped its string of three straight conference titles.
- Senior Harry Hall was named the MW’s Golfer of the Year earlier this month, while Hall, sophomore Jack Trent and freshman David Rauch were all named All-MW.
- This season marks the 32nd at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.