Rebels Solid with Runner Up Finish at NIT, Three Top 10s

It was another solid finish for the UNLV men’s golf team and it came at the prestigious National Invitation Tournament play at Omni Tucson National-Catalina Course in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona State and UNLV tied for second at 27-under, followed by UTEP in fourth at 16-under and host Arizona rounded out the top five at 6-under. There were 16 teams competing. Iowa State was the winner.

Individually, three Rebels, Harry Hall, Shintaro Ban and John Oda, all finished in the top 10. Hall tied for second with Iowa State’s Nick Voke, four shots back, at 13-under. Both golfers shot 3-under in the final round. There was a three-way tie for fourth at 12-under, which included UNLV junior Shintaro Ban. UNLV junior John Oda also finished in the top 10 as he tied for eighth at 6-under 210 after a final-round even-par 72.

Other Rebels: freshman Justin Kim tied for 57th at 8-over 224 after a final-round 3-over 75 and freshman Derek Castillo tied for 67th at 10-over 226 after a final-round 1-under 71.

UNLV, which has turned in a first, two seconds and a third in a total of six events this season, will be back in action, March 6-8, as it hosts the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club. The tournament annually features the toughest field in college golf other than the national championship.

The event is open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support the Rebels.