We’re in, again. The UNLV men’s golf team qualified for the NCAA Golf Championships for the third-straight year and 23rd time in program history. The Rebels now prepare for the finals May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where a total of 30 teams will contend for the national championship.
Head coach Dwaine Knight said Kim’s efforts en route to an 8th-place finish will live on in UNLV history.
“This week, we rode Justin Kim’s back and he really stepped up,” Knight said. “When we look back in the record books, there will be an asterisk about how Justin got us to Arkansas.”
Kim credited everyone’s efforts for the success.
“It’s great to hear people saying we made it because of me, but it was a total team effort,” Kim said. “Everyone had clutch moments and a lot of small things added up and carried us. We all worked hard for this and we will continue to practice and work hard leading up to the finals.”
The Rebels shot a final-round 4-under-par 284 to finish in fifth place Wednesday at the 2019 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, which was played at TPC of Myrtle Beach (par 72, 6,950 yards).
No. 23 Illinois captured the Myrtle Beach Regional’s team title at 25-under 839 after a final-round-low 16-under 272. Ohio State finished second at 20-under, followed by No. 3 Wake Forest at 15-under and No. 10 California in fourth at 14-under. UNLV’s 54-hole total was 8-under 856. Florida State (-7), Oregon (-1), Northwestern (E) and No. 15 Texas Tech (+1) finished in spots 6-9, all failing to move on.
Individually, Illinois’ Michael Feagles earned medalist honors at 15-under, while runner-up Edwin Yi of Oregon (-14) will move on as the individual to the NCAA finals. The Rebels were led by junior Justin Kim, who placed eighth at 7-under.
STAT OF THE DAY: Only nine shots separated spots 5-9 in the standings, with UNLV claiming the No. 5 spot to move on to the NCAA finals.
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
- 8th – Justin Kim, junior (73-68-68=209, -7)
- T14th – Harry Hall, senior (71-71-72=214, -2)
- T31st – David Rauch, freshman (71-75-72=218, +2)
- T43rd – Jack Trent, sophomore (79-70-72=221, +5)
- T60th – J.J. Gresco, sophomore (73-78-75=226, +10)
- This year marked UNLV’s 31st straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
- UNLV placed in the top 20 last year at the NCAA finals.
- UNLV finished fourth at this year’s Mountain West Championship, which snapped its string of three straight conference titles.
- Senior Harry Hall was named the MW’s Golfer of the Year earlier this month, 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