No. 16 Rebels Advance To Match-Play Quarterfinals At NCAA Championship|
May 29, 2017
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 16 UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 24-over-par 312 in difficult, windy conditions on Monday to finish tied for seventh during stroke play at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms. The top eight teams, including the Rebels, will move on to the match-play quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Vanderbilt finished first in stroke play at 13-under, 12 shots ahead of second-place Oklahoma (-1). Illinois (+2) was third, Oklahoma State (+3) was fourth, Oregon (+6) and USC (+6) tied for fifth, while Baylor (+7) and UNLV (+7) tied for the last two spots.
Tuesday's quarterfinal matchups: Vanderbilt vs UNLV, Oklahoma State vs Oregon, Illinois vs USC, and Oklahoma vs Baylor. The semifinals are also scheduled for Tuesday, while the national championship will be decided on Wednesday.
Golf channel will provide live television coverage the rest of the tournament. Tuesday's TV schedule: 8:30 a.m. CT with Golf Central Pre Game, followed by live coverage of the quarterfinals beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Golf Central Pre Game will return at 12:30 p.m. CT ahead of match-play semifinal coverage, which will begin at 3 p.m. CT.
Individually, Ole Miss' Braden Thornberry shot a final-round 1-under to win the national title by four shots at 11-under. Arkansas' Mason Overstreet finished second at 7-under. There was a three-way tie for third at 6-under.
UNLV junior John Oda led the Rebels, finishing in a tie for eighth at 3-under. He was 3-over during the final round, but he got up and down out of a green-side bunker on 18 for a birdie to secure his team's spot in match play and keep the season alive.
Other Rebels: junior Shintaro Ban tied for 35th at 4-over, sophomore Harry Hall tied for 39th at 5-over, senior Taylor Montgomery tied for 56h at 9-over and freshman Justin Kim tied for 72nd at 13-over.
There were a total of 30 teams and 156 individuals competing at the NCAA finals. The field was cut to 15 teams with nine individuals not on those teams also advancing to Monday's final stroke-play round. Now, there are just eight teams left.
UNLV is scheduled start its quarterfinal match off the first hole at 7:50 a.m. CT on Tuesday. The winner of the match will face the winner of Oregon-Oklahoma State at 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.
Since the format of the NCAA Championship was changed, this marks UNLV's second time advancing to the quarterfinals (match play). The other time was in 2013 when the Rebels lost to Georgia Tech the quarterfinals in a playoff.
This year's NCAA Championship marks UNLV's 20th all-time appearance. The Rebels won the national title in 1998, and their previous best finish at the event was a second-place showing in 1996. Among its 19 previous appearances at the national finals, the Rebels have recorded 10 top-eight team finishes. UNLV also boasts two individual national champions - Ryan Moore in 2004 and Warren Schutte in 1991.