Trent is UNLV’s top individual as he ties for 15th at 2-under at John A. Burns Intercollegiate
LIHUE, Hawaii (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s golf team shot a final-round 3-under-par 285 on Saturday and finished in a tie for fifth place at the 44th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which was played at Wailua Golf Course (par 72, 6,991 yards).
No. 10 Texas A&M won the team title by five shots at 19-under 845, followed by New Mexico in second at 14-under. The Aggies shot a final-round-low 12-under on Saturday, while the Lobos were 11-under during the final 18 holes. No. 15 BYU was third at 8-under, Illinois was fourth at 7-under, while the Rebels tied with UNCW, No. 6 Arizona, St. Mary’s and California at 2-over 866 for the tournament.
It marked the second top-five finish of the season for UNLV.
Individually, New Mexico’s Sam Choi earned medalist honors by three shots at 10-under 206 after a final-round 6-under 66. North Carolina’s Ryan Gerard also shot 6-under during the final round, finishing second at 7-under.
UNLV was led by junior Jack Trent, who tied for 15th at 2-under after a final-round even-par 72.
REBELS OF THE DAY: Freshman George Leigh turned in UNLV’s best round of the day at 3-under 69, while senior Justin Kim shot 2-under 70. Leigh recorded five birdies and two bogeys, while Kim had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys.
UNLV SCORES: Kim tied for 30th at 1-over 217, sophomore David Rauch finished tied for 37th at 2-over, freshman Jack Kozlowski (individual) tied for 42nd at 3-over, while Leigh and freshman Falko Hanish both tied for 66th at 6-over.
There were a total of 21 teams and 124 individuals competing.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will be back in action, March 1-3, as it hosts the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. The tournament annually features one of the toughest fields in all of college golf.
• UNLV lost Mountain West Golfer of the Year and All-America Scholar Harry Hall to graduation following last season. He competed at the prestigious Walker Cup in September, becoming just the third Rebel in program history to be invited.
• The Rebels have welcomed four new players to this year’s roster.
• Last year’s team appeared in a NCAA-record 31st straight regional and advanced to the national finals where it finished in the top 20.
• Trent and Rauch are UNLV’s returning All-Mountain West performers. Trent, who is on the 2020 Ben Hogan Award Watch List, competed at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas in October thanks to an amateur exemption with his win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate. He made the cut and finished tied for 29th.
• Kim, who turned in UNLV’s best individual finish at the NCAA Finals last season, was also named an All-America Scholar.
• This year marks head coach Dwaine Knight’s 33rd season leading the Rebel program.