LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – For the first time in almost three weeks, the No. 24 UNLV men’s golf team will be back in action as it competes in San Francisco at The Goodwin, which will be played at TPC Harding Park, Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31.
The tournament, which is hosted by No. 20 Stanford, is named after long-time Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Seven of the nation’s top-30 teams are in this year’s field.
THE FIELD: The 24-team field (GolfStat rankings in parenthesis) includes Abeline Christian, Arizona State (22), BYU (32), Cal (11), Cal Poly, Colorado (48), Minnesota, Northern Colorado, Northwestern (46), Oklahoma (10). Oregon (30), Oregon State, San Francisco (50), San Jose State, SMU, Sonoma State, Stanford (20), St. Mary’s (45), UC Davis, USC (16), UNLV (24), UNR, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
THE FORMAT: The 54-hole stroke-play event will consist of 18 holes each day. Teams will play five players with the low four scores each day counted for the team total.
TEE TIMES: There will be a double shotgun each round, starting with the morning wave on No. 1 and No. 10 tees at 7:30 a.m., then the afternoon group at 12 p.m./12:20 p.m.
THE LINEUP: Competing for UNLV will be senior Shintaro Ban (ranked the No. 9 individual in the country), junior Harry Hall (50), freshman Jack Trent, freshman Garrick Higgo and sophomore Justin Kim.
THE COURSE: Named after U.S. President Warren G. Harding, the course has hosted many well-known amateur and professional events. In 2020, TPC Harding Park will host the PGA Championship, and in 2025, the President’s Cup will return.
LAST OUTING: The Rebels are coming off a first-place showing at the Jackrabbit Invitational, which was held in Boulder City, Nevada, earlier this month. It was the team’s second win in its last three events as it also placed first at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Arizona at the end of February.
LAST YEAR: UNLV finished third as a team at the 2017 Goodwin event, which was played at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, California. Hall led the Rebels individually as he tied for second, just one shot back of the medalist.
NOTABLE: UNLV is the two-time defending Mountain West champions. The squad won the NCAA Regional last year and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA finals. Ban and Hall are both 2017 All-Mountain West Team honorees, and Ban earned honorable mention All-America honors. In addition, Ban was named an All-America Scholar. Ban and Hall will both compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, while Ban is on the watch lists for the Hogan and Haskins Awards, which go to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. UNLV has played in a NCAA-record 29 straight regionals. This year marks head coach Dwaine Knight’s 31st season leading the program.
LIVE SCORING: Scores may be tracked off a link at UNLVRebels.com or by clicking here.