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Three Men's Golfers Named All-Region

May 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV men’s golfers Blake Biddle, Derek Ernst and Kevin Penner were named to the PING All-West Region team for 2011-12 as the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) handed out its annual awards on Wednesday.  

Ernst, who just completed his senior season, earned the regional honor for the third straight year, while Biddle and Penner are both first-time recipients.

Ernst was fourth in the Mountain West in scoring average this season and the led the Rebels with 71.39 over 36 rounds. He recorded nine top-20 finishes, including five top-fives and another top-10. He shot 16 rounds under par and four more at even par. He won the individual title at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and was named to the All-MW team.

Biddle, who was a sophomore this past season, was eighth in the league in scoring average and was third on the team with 71.89 over 36 rounds. He had eight top-20 finishes, including six top-10s and two top-fives. He recorded 14 rounds under par and another seven at even par. He also won a tournament title this year as he captured medalist honors as the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.

Penner was a junior in 2011-12 and finished sixth in the MW in scoring average and second on the team with 71.61 over 36 rounds. He finished in the top 20 nine times, including seven top-10 finishes and five top-fives. He was under par 15 times and shot even par in four rounds. He won the individual title at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and was also named All-MW.

A total of 155 players were named all-region across six regions this year - Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West. Members of the all-region teams are automatically eligible for PING All-America honors.

2011-12 PING All-West Region Team
John Anderson, Pepperdine
Anton Arboleda, UCLA
Blake Biddle, UNLV
Zac Blair, BYU
Patrick Cantlay, UCLA
John Catlin, New Mexico
Alex Ching, San Diego
Mario Clemens, UCLA
James Erkenbeck, New Mexico
Derek Ernst, UNLV
Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA
Brandon Hagy, California
Max Homa, California
Jeffrey Kang, Southern California
Alex Kim, UCLA
Michael Kim, California
Steve Lim, Southern California
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington
Kevin Penner, UNLV
Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
Justin Shin, New Mexico State
Sam Smith, Southern California
J.J. Spaun, San Diego State
Chris Williams, Washington
Cameron Wilson, Stanford
Eugene Wong, Oregon
Andrew Yun, Stanford



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