Tough fall slate includes four tournaments; Rebels to again host nation’s strongest field at Southern Highlands Collegiate in March
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s golf team will once again face the nation’s best as its 2019-20 season schedule was announced Wednesday by head coach Dwaine Knight.
The Rebels fall slate will begin Monday, September 16, at The Windon Invitational in Lake Forest, Illinois. Hosted by Northwestern, it will be one of two fall tournaments for the Rebels near Chicago. The Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational is next and is hosted by Illinois, Sept 20-22, followed by the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sept. 27-28. The final fall event for UNLV will be the Tavistock Invitational, hosted by UCF, Oct. 20-22, in Windermere, Florida.
The spring season will tee off in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, at the Sea Best Intercollegiate, Feb. 3-4. UNLV will then travel to Lihue, Hawaii, for the John Burns Intercollegiate, Feb. 20-22, before hosting the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas, March 1-3. The SHC is annually ranked among the nation’s toughest tournaments by multiple national golf publications.
The remainder of the regular season will take the Rebels to Tucson, Arizona, Palo Alto, California, and Phoenix, Arizona, before a trip to Bremerton, Washington, for the Mountain West Championship, May 1-3. The NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 18-20, while the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will be held May 29-June 3 at Grayhawk Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Our goal each year is to compete for the national title,” said Knight, who enters his 33rd season at the helm of the program. “We annually attempt to put together the toughest schedule possible and this year is no different. We have a young team and these challenging fall events will give us a good indication of where we are as a team as we look to the spring and to contend in the Mountain West, at the NCAA Regional and the national finals in May and June.”
The Rebels are coming off another top-20 national finish. After qualifying for a NCAA-record 31st straight regional, UNLV advanced to the 2019 national finals where it tied for 20th.
UNLV returns six letterwinners from the 2018-19 season, including senior Justin Kim, junior Jack Trent and sophomore David Rauch. Trent and Rauch were both named to the All-Mountain West squad last season. The Rebels have welcomed three newcomers to this year’s roster.