April 15, 2018
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TEMPE, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV senior men's golfer Shintaro Ban tied for medalist honors Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, giving him his third individual title of the season and fourth of his career. The tournament was played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,032 yards).
He shot 2-under 69 during the final round, giving him three rounds in the 60s at the event. After recording an eagle Sunday on No. 14, he then bogeyed No. 15 but finished strong with par-birdie-par, making putts of four-, five- and three-feet. His birdie on No. 17 was the one he needed to tie for first with Colorado's Yannik Paul, who had finished his round a bit earlier.
Ban is now tied for fifth in UNLV men's golf history for career individual wins with John Oda (2014-17), Derek Ernst (2008-12), Chris Riley (1992-96) and Ed Fryatt (1991-94).
The No. 23 Rebels finished the 54-hole event one shot back of host and No. 22 Arizona State (22-under), placing second. The Rebels carded a final-round 3-under 281, finishing the tournament at 21-under 831. No. 8 Oklahoma finished third at 19-under, top-ranked Oklahoma State was fourth at 17-under and Arizona rounded out the top five at 14-under.
STATS OF THE DAY: Ban and Paul each finished the tournament at 11-under 202, two shots ahead of third-place finisher Quade Cummins from Oklahoma (9-under). UNLV freshman Jack Trent fired the low round of the tournament - his 8-under 63 during the final round moved him from a tie for 44th to a tie for eighth.
REBEL OF THE DAY: Ban recorded an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys during the final round.
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
• T1st – Shintaro Ban, senior (69-64-69=202, -11)
• T8th – Jack Trent, freshman (73-72-63=208,-5)
• T19th – Harry Hall, junior (68-72-72=212, -1)
• T19th – Garrick Higgo, freshman (69-66-77=212, -1)
• T64th – Justin Kim, sophomore (70-73-81=224, +11)
TOP FIVE TEAMS:
1. Arizona State (274-276-280=830, -22)
2. UNLV (276-274-281-=831, -21)
3. Oklahoma (282-271-280=833, -19)
4. Oklahoma State (283-282-270=835, -17)
5. Arizona (278-284-276=838, -14)
There were a total of 17 teams and 85 individuals competing.
• The Rebels have placed fifth or better as a team in six straight events.
• This is UNLV's fourth tournament in a total of 11 where it has finished first or second.
• The Rebels have two team titles this season.
• UNLV was also the runner-up at last year's Thunderbird Invitational, with ASU capturing the team title. Individually, Ban tied for second just one shot back of medalist Colin Morikawa from Cal.
• Last season, UNLV won the Mountain West Championship for the second straight year, captured an NCAA Regional title and advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ at the NCAA Championship.
• Ban and Hall are both 2017 All-Mountain West Team honorees, and Ban earned honorable mention All-America. In addition, Ban was named an All-America Scholar.
• 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.
• UNLV has an active NCAA record of 29 consecutive regional appearances.
• This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will be back in action Friday, April 20, at the Mountain West Championship in Bremerton, Washington.