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No. 16 Rebels In Third Place After First Day In Tempe

March 18, 2017

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 16 UNLV men's golf team shot rounds of 5-under-par 279 and 11-under 273 on Saturday during the first day of play at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, which is being played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards). The Rebels are in third place after 36 holes.

Host Arizona State has the team lead at 37-under 531, 19 shots ahead of second-place Colorado State (18-under). The Rebels are 16-under 552 for the tournament, while California is fourth at 14-under and ASU's "B" team is in fifth at 12-under. There are a total of 16 teams competing.



Individually, ASU's Chun An Yu and Blake Wagoner are tied for first at 12-under 130. They both shot rounds of 67 and 63 on Saturday. California's Collin Morikawa is third at 11-under, Colorado State's Jake Staiano is fourth at 10-under, while UNLV junior Shintaro Ban leads the Rebels in fifth place individually. Ban is at 9-under 133 after rounds of even-par 71 and 9-under 62. His 62 is one shy of the course record and included two eagles, six birdies and a bogey.

Other Rebel scores: junior John Oda is tied for ninth at 5-under (66-71), freshman Justin Kim is tied for 18th at 3-under (68-71), sophomore Harry Hall is tied for 36th at 1-over 143 (74-69) and freshman Derek Castillo is tied for 80th at 16-over 158 (82-76). There are 84 golfers competing.

The tournament will conclude on Sunday with 18 holes. Live scoring is being provided by Golfstat with a link at

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