No. 16 Rebels Finish Second At Thunderbird Invitational|
March 19, 2017
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 16 UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 5-under-par 279 on Sunday and finished in second place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, which was played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards).
Host Arizona State captured the team title at 41-under 811, while the Rebels were 20 shots back at 21-under 831. ASU's "B" team finished third at 18-under, while Nevada, Reno and Washington both tied for fourth at 6-under. There were a total of 16 teams competing.
Individually, California's Collin Morikawa earned medalist honors by a shot at 13-under 200 after a final-round 2-under. UNLV junior Shintaro Ban, who was one shot off the course record with a 62 during the second round on Saturday, finished in a tie for second with ASU's Chun An Yu at 12-under 201. Ban shot a final-round 3-under 68.
UNLV junior John Oda also finished in the top 10 as he tied for sixth at 7-under 206 after a final-round 2-under 69.
Other Rebel scores: sophomore Harry Hall tied for 16th at 2-uner 211 after a final-round 3-under 68, freshman Justin Kim tied for 27th at even-par 213 after a final-round 3-over 74 and freshman Derek Castillo finished 80th at 21-over 234 after a final-round 5-over 76. There were a total of 84 golfers competing.
UNLV has now played in nine tournaments this season and has recorded a first, four seconds and a third-place finish. Ban's tie for second individually on Sunday marked his best finish of the year and his fourth top-five performance of the season.
UNLV will be back in action March 30-April 1 at The Goodwin in Palo Alto, Calif.