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No. 17 Rebels Look To Finish Fall Strong

Derek Ernst and the No. 17 UNLV men's golf team look to close out the season strong in N.M.

Oct. 21, 2011

LAS VEGAS ( - The No. 17 UNLV men's golf team will close out its fall season next week in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. The tournament will be held Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25, at New Mexico State University Golf Course (par 72, 7,014 yards).

The 15-team field includes: Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Reno, host New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Rice, San Jose State, Texas State, UNLV, UTEP, Weber State, Western New Mexico and Wichita State.

The 54-hole stroke-play event will consist of 36 holes (first and second rounds) on Monday and 18 holes (final round) on Tuesday. Play both days will begin with an 8 a.m. MT shotgun start.

UNLV will compete with the same lineup it has used in each of its first three tournaments of the season: senior Derek Ernst, junior Kevin Penner, sophomore Blake Biddle, freshman Carl Jonson and sophomore Nicholas Maruri.

UNLV finished in second place at last year's Wimberly Intercollegiate. The Rebels turned in a score of 7-over 859, finishing just one shot back of team champion Kansas. New Mexico State's Timothy Madigan and Idaho's Matt Rawitzer tied for medalist honors at 5-under 208. The Rebels were led individually by Biddle and Ernst, who tied for third and fifth, respectively. Biddle was 3-under for the tournament, while Ernst was 2-under.

No live stats will be available for this tournament, but results will be distributed and posted to after each day of competition.

This will be UNLV's fourth tournament of the fall. The Rebels won the team title in their first two tournaments this year - the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September, and the William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this month. In its last outing, UNLV finished sixth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Vestavia Hills, Ala.



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