LAS VEGAS ( – UNLV men’s golf senior Shintaro Ban is among the candidates to compete in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup as the first ranking of the spring was released Thursday.

Ban is currently ranked as the 10th-best player in the country. The full list may be found here.

The top six golfers from the final ranking in the spring from both the United States and International men and women – 12 total golfers – shall be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup, which is scheduled to take place July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first using the expanded format of U.S. men’s and women’s collegiate golfers versus their counterparts from around the world.

Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.

The remaining six men’s and women’s spots for the U.S. will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick.

Subsequent rankings will be released on February 22 and March 8 with teams being announced March 15 during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

Ban leads the Rebels in scoring average this season with 69.60 per round. He has finished in the top 20 in all five of his events in the fall, earning individual medalist honors at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Alabama. During the team’s recent trip to Australia, Ban tied for second at the Australian Master of the Amateurs and his final round of 8-under 63 set the Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s record for low round.

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.

The Rebels will begin their spring season on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.