Aloha To Spring Season
Feb. 17, 2004
STORYLINE: The No. 9 UNLV men's golf team fires up the spring portion of the schedule this week at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. An annual favorite for the squad, the Burns is a 54-hole event hosted by the University of Hawai'i at Leilehua Golf Course (Par 72, 6,916 Yards) in Wahiawa, Hawai'i.
ABOUT UNLV: In the fall, UNLV maintained its position in the national rankings with a runner-up finish at the Collegiate Match Play Championship and a third-place showing at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The Rebels are led by junior Ryan Moore, who has earned All-America honors twice, and Travis Whisman, an All-West Region selection last year.
THE FIELD: The University of Hawai'i hosts 19 teams: Arizona, Brigham Young, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii-Hilo, Nagoya (Japan), New Mexico, Pacific, San Diego State, San Jose State, San Francisco, SMU, Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, UTEP and UNLV.
MORE ON MOORE: Junior star Ryan Moore could possibly be the best player in college golf this year, and certainly one of the most heralded. The two-time All-American has a chance to join former Rebel and current PGA veteran Chris Riley as UNLV's only four-time All-Americans. The Puyallup, Wash., native was a finalist for the Hogan Award last season, presented annually to the top collegiate player in men's golf. He was also selected to the U.S. Walker Cup team, the U.S. Palmer Cup squad and collected his first collegiate victory at home in the Toyota Men's Collegiate Championship. At 20, Moore has already played in two PGA major championships -- the U.S. Open and The Masters. And he was chosen as the UNLV Olympic Sportsman of the Year for the second straight season.
HEAD COACH Dwaine Knight: UNLV men's golf head coach Dwaine Knight is in his 17th year at the helm of the Rebel program. During his tenure, UNLV has been a perennial power with six league championships, 14 NCAA finals appearances and the 1998 national title. The 2002 MWC Coach of the Year was the only mentor to twice claim GCAA National Coach of the Year honors in the 1990s (1991 and 1998). He has produced an amazing 31 All-Americans and guided six different players to the PGA Tour at UNLV.