Rebels Play For Their Country

Many UNLV Rebel golfers have represented their countries in major international competitions while they were at UNLV and as professionals. Rebels have played in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Palmer Cup.

Rebels at the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup takes place every other year between teams from Europe and the United States with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and overseas. One of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon a professional golfer is to be selected to participate in the Ryder Cup, and one of the things that makes the Ryder cup unique lies in the fact that even though it receives a lot of money from sponsors, the winners compete only for the championship cup and not any prize money.

Former Rebel golfers have had the honor of competing in the Ryder Cup for the United States: Chad Campbell and Chris Riley. Campbell was a member of the team in 2004, 2006 and 2008, while Riley played in 2004. In 2016, Ryan Moore represented the United States and sank the clinching putt for his country.

Rebels at the Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup takes place every other year between a team from the United States and an international team representing the rest of the world less Europe. Former Rebel golfer Adam Scott has played in six Presidents Cups as a member of the International Team. He has participated in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Just like the Ryder Cup, there is no prize money awarded. Charley Hoffman played for the USA at the President’s Cup in 2017.

Rebels in the Palmer Cup

UNLV continued a growing tradition in 2012 with Derek Ernst’s selection to the United States Palmer Cup team. The last Rebel to be selected prior to that was in 2004 when Ryan Moore earned his second selection. Ernst became the fifth Rebel golfer to play in the celebrated tournament, named after the legendary Arnold Palmer. Other Rebel golfers to play in the Palmer Cup are Jeremy Anderson, Ted Oh and Scott Lander.

In 2017 Harry Hall represented the international team and then in 2018, Hall and senior Shintaro Ban (USA) played in the event.

“The Palmer Cup is one of the most prestigious events in college golf, and it says a lot about our team and the UNLV program to be chosen for such an honor,” UNLV men’s golf head coach Dwaine Knight said.

Knight knows first-hand about the opportunity to participate in the event with Palmer Cup credentials of his own. He received one of the highest honors of his career when he was chosen as captain for the United States’ team in the inaugural competition in 1997.

“It was a tremendous honor for me personally, and it is a reflection of the commitment our community has had for the golf program,” the 1991 and 1998 National Coach of the Year said. “It is an honor and a privilege to be associated with such an event.”

Rebels assistant coach Philip Rowe was an international player in the event from 1999-2002, each of the four years he played at Stanford.

Knight wasn’t the lone Rebel at the inaugural event, held at the Palmer-designed Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla. Then-senior Ted Oh joined Knight on the U.S. squad that defeated GB&I that year, 19-5. The Americans won all four rounds of the tournament with ease and, with 12 1/2 points needed to win, clinched the championship with a day to play.

In 2008, then-UNLV assistant coach Andy Bischel served as the U.S. team’s assistant coach. Bischel earned the post after being named the 2007 Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year. The U.S. lost the 2008 event, which was played at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links in Scotland.

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