May 16, 2018
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 20 UNLV men’s golf team shot a final-round 8-over-par 292 Wednesday to finish in third place at the 2018 NCAA Columbus Regional, which was played at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,364 yards).
By finishing among the top five teams, the Rebels will move on to the NCAA Championship, held May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It will mark UNLV's second straight trip to the NCAA finals, third in the last four years and 21st overall.
No. 1 Oklahoma State captured the team title at the Columbus Regional with a 54-hole total of 8-under 844. No. 12 Illinois was second at even par, followed by the Rebels at 15-over. Northwestern (16-over) and No. 14 Texas Tech (18-over) also will continue their seasons. Penn State was the first team cut, as it finished sixth at 25-over.
Three Rebel individuals all finished among the top 13, led by freshman Garrick Higgo's tie for 10th at 1-over 214. Michigan's Kyle Mueller earned medalist honors by two shots at 5-under.
QUOTEABLE: "It is always special to head back to the national championship. We make it our No. 1 goal each year. We have been very fortunate that we have had a lot of chances. One year in 1998 it all came true and we also have had a runner-up finish and several top finishes. We have had an interesting year, a terrific team on paper in the preseason, but John Oda turned pro and we have had to find different combinations to try to make it work. We had some big wins this season and were able to take that momentum into this tournament at Ohio State. It was a very difficult golf course and we didn't play our best golf, but we were tested in a lot of different ways that we can work on. We played with Oklahoma State and Illinois - both very good teams - all three rounds, which should help us as we face similar conditions in Oklahoma." - UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
• T10th – Garrick Higgo, freshman (69-74-71=214, +1)
• T13th – Shintaro Ban, senior (71-71-73=215, +2)
• T13th – Harry Hall, junior (70-70-75=215, +2)
• T37th – Jack Trent, freshman (73-78-73=224, +11)
• 63rd – Justin Kim, sophomore (72-78-85=235, +22)
TOP FIVE TEAMS:
1. Oklahoma State (281-278-285=844, -8)
2. Illinois (284-278-290=852, E)
3. UNLV (282-293-292=867, +15)
4. Northwestern (292-291-285=868, +16)
5. Texas Tech (297-288-285=870, +18)
There were a total of 13 teams and 75 individuals competing.
• This year marked UNLV's 30th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the national record for most consecutive appearances.
• In 13 events this season, UNLV has recorded 10 top-five finishes, including three team titles and two runner-up performances.
• In April, UNLV won its third straight Mountain West Conference title.
• Ban, the MW's Player of the Year, has four individual wins this season and a total of five for his career. He ranks tied for first in UNLV history for most wins in a season and is tied for third for career victories.
• UNLV captured an NCAA Regional title last year and advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ at the NCAA Championship.
• 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.
• This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.