No. 17 Rebels Lead After First Round At NCAA Regional|
May 15, 2017
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 17 UNLV men's golf team shot an opening-round 1-under-par 287 on Monday and holds the team and individual leads at the 2017 NCAA West Lafayette Regional, which is being played at Kampen Golf Course (par 72, 7,411 yards).
The Rebels were a shot better than Illinois and New Mexico, which are both tied for second at even-par 288. South Carolina is fourth at 3-over, while Florida, Auburn and Purdue are all tied for fifth at 4-over. St. Mary's is eighth at 6-over.
Individually, UNLV junior John Oda leads by a shot at 5-under 67 after six birdies and a bogey on Monday. Illinois' Edoardo Lipparelli and Illinois State's Trent Wallace are both tied for second at 4-under. There is a two-way tie for fourth at 3-under.
UNLV junior Shintaro Ban is also in the top 10 as he is in sixth place at 2-under.
There are a total of six 54-hole regional tournaments. The West Lafayette Regional consists of 13 teams and 75 individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
This year marks UNLV's 29th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.
The tournament will continue with 18 holes on Tuesday and conclude with another 18 holes on Wednesday. UNLV is slated to begin the second round off the first hole with tee times scheduled from 9:15-9:59 a.m. ET with Illinois and New Mexico. Live stats are available courtesy of Golfstat through a link on UNLVRebels.com.