Season Ends For Rebels
June 3, 2010
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - The No. 12 UNLV men's golf team shot a third-round 5-over-par 293 on Thursday and saw its season end at the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which is being played at The Honors Course (par 72, 7,395 yards).
The Rebels finished the 54-hole stroke play format in a tie for 21st place at 15-over 879. The top eight teams after the third round will advance to the match play format of the national championship tournament, which will begin Friday.
Oklahoma State finished stroke play in first place at 14-under 850, followed by Florida State at 10-under. Georgia Tech was third at 6-under, while Washington was fourth at 4-under. Oregon was fifth at 3-under, Augusta State was sixth at 1-under and Texas Tech finished seventh at 3-over. Stanford, Arizona State and San Diego all tied for eighth at 4-over and will decide the final match-play spot on Friday with a three-way playoff beginning at 8 a.m. EDT.
Florida and Virginia each tied for 11th at 5-over, one shot back of the eighth-place cut line.
"We didn't play too well today, but it is a great golf course," UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said. "It is great to get to play a course like this and is great for our young men to have this chance. I was thinking we would play a little better but we didn't. The people here have been great and hosted a wonderful championship. I think a worthy champion will come out of this."
Illinois' Scott Langley won the individual national championship at 10-under 206, finishing two shots ahead of San Diego's Alex Ching and Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein, who both tied for second place. Langley shot a final-round 4-under 68, while Ching was 1-over and Uihlein was 1-under.
UNLV sophomore Derek Ernst led the Rebels and finished tied for 25th at 1-under 215 after a final-round even-par 72. Freshman Kevin Penner finished tied for 64th at 4-over after a final-round 1-under, while seniors Brett Kanda and Eddie Olson both tied for 103rd at 9-over after final rounds of 3-over and 4-over, respectively, and sophomore Colby Smith tied for 116th at 11-over after a final-round 3-over.
Ernst's round on Thursday consisted of three birdies and three bogeys, while Penner had four birdies and three bogeys.
30 teams and six individuals not on those teams were competing for the national title this week.
The 2010 NCAA Championship was UNLV's 17th all-time appearance (in the last 22 years) and first in the last four years. UNLV won its only team men's golf national title in 1998 in Albuquerque, N.M., and its previous best finish at the event was a second-place showing in 1996, also at The Honors Course. UNLV boasts two individual national champions - Ryan Moore in 2004 and Warren Schutte in 1991.