As has been the case for 30+ years of Rebels golf since hall of fame head coach Dwaine Knight took over the program in 1986, a UNLV Rebels men’s golf team has never been out of contention of advancing. Such was the case again in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship when the team entered the second round in 23rd place and appeared to be in trouble of finishing with the top 15 teams that advance following the third round. The team put together a solid 4 over 292 round and catapulted seven spots up the leaderboard and into 16th at Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas.
The second round came after shooting 22-over during the first round on Friday. UNLV senior Harry Hall, named to the PING All-Region team again this year, was in ninth after back-to-back rounds of 72. Junior Justin Kim fired a 2-under 70, a nice comeback after a 76. David Rauch dropped his score by 14 shots with a 71 and Jack Trent shot 79 after a 78.
ROUND 3 CUT: The top 15 teams and nine individuals not on a qualifying team following the conclusion of the third round will advance to the final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday, May 27 to determine the individual national champion and the top eight teams that will advance to match play.
UNLV was one shot behind 15th place SMU and nine shots behind eighth place Ohio State. After the fourth round, the top eight teams advance to match play.
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
- T9th – Harry Hall, senior (72-72=144, E)
- T23rd – Justin Kim, junior (76-70=146, +2)
- T111th – David Rauch, freshman (85-71=156, +12)
- T118th – Jack Trent, sophomore (78-79=157, +13)
- T152nd – J.J. Gresco, sophomore (84-82=166, +22)
- This year marked UNLV’s 31st straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
- The Rebels are making their 22nd overall appearance at the national finals as a team this year.
- This is UNLV’s third straight trip to the national finals. The Rebels placed in the top 20 last year.
- UNLV finished fourth at the Mountain West Championship this year, then placed fifth at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional.
- Senior Harry Hall was named the MW’s Golfer of the Year this season, 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.
No. 1 Oklahoma State increased its lead to 12 shots with a second-round 12-under 276. The Cowboys are 10-under after 36 holes. No. 10 Stanford is second at 2-over, followed by No. 17 Texas A&M at 7-over, No. 11 Auburn at 10-over and No. 5 Texas at 12-over.