Season Ends at 28th-Straight NCAA Regional for UNLV Golf

In one of the top streaks in all of sports, the UNLV Men’s Golf team made its 28th-straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The appearance came after a very successful season, which included six top five finishes as a team including four victories plus a runner-up finish. The Rebels finished 6th at the regionals, one spot out of advancing to the NCAA Finals. Sophomore John Oda also missed qualifying for the NCAA Finals as an individual by one spot.

John Oda led the Rebels and tied for eighth at 3-under 213 after a final-round 2-under 70. Oda, who had three birdies on Wednesday, was the next individual finisher not on an advancing team. Rebel senior Zane Thomas also finished in the top 10 as he tied for 10th at 1-under after a final-round 3-under 69. Thomas birdied a final-round-low eight holes.

Other UNLV scores: sophomore Shintaro Ban tied for 46th at 10-over 226 after a final-round 2-over 74, freshman Harry Hall tied for 50th at 11-over 227 after a final-round 2-under 70 (four birdies, and sophomore Ben Davis tied for 60th at 17-over 233 after a final-round 1-over 73.

The Tuscaloosa Regional had a total of 13 teams and 75 individuals competing. This year marked UNLV’s 28th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.

The Rebels were playing without senior captain, and one of their top players, AJ McInerney, who was injured prior to the playoffs.

Highlights of the 2015-16 season included individual victories, Mountain West Player of the Week honors, Mountain West All-Conference honors, wins by alumni on the PGA TOUR, a top 25 team ranking and much more.

A league-high four golfers from UNLV were selected to the 10-person All-MW Men’s Golf Team: sophomore Shintaro Ban, Hall, sophomore John Oda and senior Zane Thomas.

Ban, McInerney and Oda were each named Mountain West Golfer of the Week during the year and Ban won the prestigious Robert Kepler Invitational at Ohio State.

Former Rebel Adam Scott won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA TOUR, the Honda Classic then Cadillac Championship. In addition, Charley Hoffman won his fourth PGA TOUR title. Hoffman won the Valero Texas Open. It was the 28th total victory ever on the PGA TOUR for former UNLV Rebel golfers.