Rebels Run Ends at Third-Straight NCAA Championship Appearance

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Only one team in the country will leave the Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas, site of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, happy and fulfilled. Unfortunately UNLV will not be that team as the Rebels’ rally to make the cut to the top 15 teams ended in the third round. However, the 2018-19 season saw the Rebels continue their record streak of 31 appearances in the NCAA Regionals continue and the trip to the NCAA Golf Championship was the team’s third in a row.

UNLV junior Justin Kim shot 3-over 75 during the third round and finished a tie for 29th and also tied with two others from non-advancing teams for the final individual spot in the fourth round. The trio of Kim, South Carolina’s Will Miles and Georgia’s Trent Phillips faced off in a sudden death playoff on Monday and Kim didn’t advance.

UNLV senior Harry Hall finished his decorated collegiate career tying for 34th individually after shooting 6-over during the third round. The Rebels’ best individual score on Sunday was turned in by sophomore Jack Trent with an even-par 72. Alex Jordan fired a 79 in his first appearance of the week and his score counted after coming in as a substitute for JJ Gresco, who played the first two rounds.

REBEL NOTES: 

  • This year marked UNLV’s 31st straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
  • The Rebels made their their 22nd overall appearance at the national finals as a team this year.
  • This was UNLV’s third straight trip to the national finals. The Rebels also 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 and was a PING All-West Region selection, 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.