UNLV senior earns fifth career conference accolade


LAS VEGAS ( – For the third time in the last four weeks, UNLV men’s golf senior Shintaro Ban has been named the Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Week. This is Ban’s fifth career MW Golfer of the Month/Week accolade and his fourth of the season.

Ban led the No. 25 Rebels to their second win in their last three tournaments at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Boulder City, Nevada, this past week. He finished second individually among the 88 golfers competing with a 14-under 202, just one shot back of the individual medalist.

Ban recorded two rounds in the 60s at the event, highlighted by a final-round 9-under 63, tying the program record for lowest round to par. The second-place finish was his sixth top-10 of the season in nine events and his fourth top-five.

Ban was 5-under for the first round and averaged 67.3 strokes per round for the tournament. His 63 included eight birdies and an eagle with just one bogey. Over the 54 holes, he had 20 birdies and an eagle.

Ranked No. 7 in the country by Golfstat, Ban has finished in the top 17 or better in all nine events this season, winning twice.

Ban is on track to earn his degree in economics at the end of this semester and he has been a member of the athletics department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. An honorable mention All-America last season, he was also named an All-America Scholar. He is among the candidates to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup and on the watch lists for the Hogan and Haskins Awards, which go to the nation’s top collegiate golfer.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will be back in action Thursday, March 29 at The Goodwin in San Francisco.