UNLV Wins West Lafayette Regional Title

It was yet one more huge moment in Rebel golf history. UNLV made the most out of its 29th-straight NCAA regional appearance by winning the West Lafayette regional and qualifying for the NCAA Golf Championships for the second time in three years. Three Rebels finished in the top 6 and the Rebels won the tournament by three shots over Auburn. The finals begin May 26 at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago.

“The first two rounds we really played great golf and that set us up well going into today’s final round,” said UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight, who is in his 30th season guiding the Rebel golfers. “It was really tough out there today with high winds. The course played really hard, probably as difficult as any course that these guys have played. The big thing was that we hung in there and got it done at the end.

“Winning at NCAA regionals is big for us and obviously gives us a chance to play for a national championship. Since mid-April we have played at a really high level, winning conference and now regionals gives us a lot of momentum heading into the national championship. I am very proud of our guys and we are excited to move on.”

It was the fifth time the Rebels had won a NCAA regional.

For the Rebels, junior Shintaro Ban tied for third at 2-under, junior John Oda was fifth at 1-under and sophomore Harry Hall was sixth at even par. Freshman Justin Kim and senior Taylor Montgomery both tied for 54th at 14-over.

The win marked the second-straight team title for the Rebels, who won last month’s Mountain West Championship for the second consecutive year. This is just the second time that the Rebels have won their conference championship and a regional title in the same year (1994).

In 13 tournaments this season, UNLV has won three times and has placed in the top five on 10 occasions, including each of the last six outings.