Your UNLV men’s golf team put together a more-than-solid final round to become back-to-back champions of the Mountain West Conference. UNLV was led by junior John Oda and sophomore Harry Hall, who each finished in the Top 10. It was the fourth Mountain West title in program history. Also, senior Taylor Montgomery, who grew up in Las Vegas, shot a huge final round 68 to help the Rebels secure the victory.
Living up to the team’s motto, they “finished like Rebels.”
“We have been close several times this year and it is really nice to have been able to push it over the top today,” UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said. “It’s always great to win the conference. It is a goal of ours each year when we start. Having won last year and coming back trying to defend the title is never easy. It was a tough battle here today and there were a lot of teams in it right up until the end. There are a lot of really good teams in our conference, so we are really happy we were able to come out on top. I was really pleased with how we played today. During the closing holes, we played Rebel tough and that made the difference down the line.”
UNLV became the first MW program to win back-to-back titles since New Mexico did it in 2013 and 2014. The Rebels’ four total MW titles (2000, 2002, 2016, 2017) are the second-most in league history, trailing New Mexico by two (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014). The win also marked UNLV’s second team title of the year and was its ninth top-five finish in 12 events this season.
Rebel finishes: Oda tied for sixth at 6-under after a final-round 2-over, while Hall tied for eighth at 5-under after a final-round 2-under. Junior Shintaro Ban and senior Taylor Montgomery both tied for 15th at 1-under. Ban shot 1-under on Sunday, while Montgomery was 4-under. Freshman Justin Kim tied for 28th at 2-over after a final-round even par.
“Taylor deserves a lot of credit,” Knight added. “He is the only senior we have and he wasn’t playing that consistently lately. But the 68 he got today was absolutely huge for our team. It was a day that we really needed him. Being a local guy, I know it was a dream come true for him.”
By finishing ahead of Nevada, Reno in the standings (UNR finished sixth at 2-over), the Rebels earned three more points in the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. The competition between UNLV and UNR is in its fifth year and is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the longtime rivals. UNLV won the first four Governor’s Series competitions, but trails in this year’s by a score of 18-15. To track the scoring, visit the Governor’s Series page on UNLVRebels.com.
The team will find out where they will play and what they will be seeded in the NCAA Regional on May 4 during the selection show on Golf Channel.