A stunningly great senior season culminated with a 1st team PING All-American honor for Shintaro Ban. He joined John Oda as the second Rebel in two years to earn the award. The recognition was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Rebels have now had a player earn All-America recognition in 27 of the last 30 years.
“To culminate his Rebel career as a Ping All-American is most deserving because he has had a tremendous season and a great career,” UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said about Ban. “To come from a freshman who he didn’t play at all during the first semester to where is now is remarkable and a reward for his hard work and belief. It has been a quite a journey for him. He just kept excelling as a student as a player and as a person. Plus, he got word when we were at Oklahoma State that he officially graduated with an Economics degree so he kept school at the forefront and has been an an academic All-American for us as well. He was always dedicated to the team and the university, and really wanted and valued that degree.”
Ban, who was honorable mention All-America last season, was recently named a finalist for the 2018 Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. He was also a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award.
Ban, this year’s Mountain West Player of the Year, will be competing for the United States at July’s Arnold Palmer Cup in France. He finished 21st individually at the NCAA Championship on Monday. He had a MW-best scoring average of 69.51 this season and finished 21st or better in 13 of 14 events, including eight top-10s and six top-fives.
Ban won four individual titles this season, tying him for first on the seasonal victories list in the Rebel record book.
Ban earned his degree earlier this month in economics and was a member of the UNLV Athletics Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Last week, Ban and junior Harry Hall were named to the PING All-West Region Team.
2018 PING First Team All-America
Shintaro Ban, UNLV
Broc Everett, Augusta
Doug Ghim, Texas
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Collin Morikawa, California
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Justin Suh, Southern California
Norman Xiong, Oregon