UNLV to Make 21st Appearance in NCAA Golf Championships

For the 21st time overall and the third time in four years, UNLV will appear in the NCAA Golf Championships. The Rebels finished third at the NCAA Columbus Regional–the 30th time in a row they had made the NCAA Regionals, a stunning streak–and now head to the Karsten Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma May 25-May 30 for the finals.

In 2017, the Rebels advanced to the final 8 of the finals. In 1998, UNLV won the national title.

The Rebels were led at the 2018 regional by freshman Garrick Higgo, who tied for 10th at 1-over, 214. Senior Shintaro Ban and junior Harry Hall tied for 13th at 2-over. Freshman Jack Trent tied for 37th at 11-over, 224. Sophomore Justin Kim finished 63rd at 22-over, 235.

“It is always special to head back to the national championship,” head coach Dwaine Knight said. “We make it our No. 1 goal each year. We have been very fortunate that we have had a lot of chances. One year in 1998 it all came true and we also have had a runner-up finish and several top finishes. We have had an interesting year, a terrific team on paper in the preseason, but John Oda turned pro and we have had to find different combinations to try to make it work. We had some big wins this season and were able to take that momentum into this tournament at Ohio State. It was a very difficult golf course and we didn’t play our best golf, but we were tested in a lot of different ways that we can work on. We played with Oklahoma State and Illinois – both very good teams – all three rounds, which should help us as we face similar conditions in Oklahoma.”

REBEL NOTES: 

  • This year marked UNLV’s 30th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
  • In 13 events this season, UNLV has recorded 10 top-five finishes, including three team titles and two runner-up performances.
  • In April, UNLV won its third straight Mountain West Conference title.
  • Ban, the MW’s Player of the Year, has four individual wins this season and a total of five for his career. He ranks tied for first in UNLV history for most wins in a season and is tied for third for career victories.
  • UNLV captured an NCAA Regional title last year and advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ at the NCAA Championship.
  • Ban and Hall will both compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, while Ban has been named a semifinalist for the highest honor in college golf – The Ben Hogan Award.
  • This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.