Rebels are five shots off the lead after shooting 2-under 282 at The Goodwin


SAN FRANCISCO (UNLVRebels.com) – The No. 24 UNLV men’s golf team shot an opening-round 2-under-par 282 Thursday and is tied for fifth at The Goodwin, which is being played at TPC Harding Park (par 71, 7,143 yards).

No. 20 Stanford, which is hosting the event, holds the team lead at 7-under 277. Northwestern is second at 6-under, while there are two teams tied for third at 5-under. The Rebels are in a two-way tie for fifth.

Individually, Stanford’s Jeffrey Swegle has a two-shot lead at 8-under 63 over Oregon’s Norman Xiong (-6).

UNLV senior Shintaro Ban and freshman Garrick Higgo are both tied for 16th at 1-under 70.

STAT OF THE DAY: UNLV is one of just nine teams that shot under par during the first round.

REBELS OF THE DAY: Ban and Higgo each had rounds on Thursday with three birdies and two bogeys.

• T16th – Shintaro Ban, senior (1-under 70)
• T16th – Garrick Higgo, freshman (1-under 70)
• T26th – Harry Hall, junior (even-par 71)
• T26th – Justin Kim, sophomore (even-par 71)
• T75th – Jack Trent, freshman (3-over 74)

1. Stanford (7-under 277)
2. Northwestern (6-under 278)
T3. Oklahoma (5-under 279)
T3. Oregon (5-under 279)
T5. UNLV (2-under 282)
T5. California (2-under 282)

There are a total of 26 teams and 135 individuals competing.

• The tournament features seven teams ranked in the nation’s top 30.
• This is UNLV’s fifth event of the spring. In their first four events of 2018, the Rebels have finished tied for second, first, fourth and first.
• Last season, UNLV won the Mountain West Championship for the second straight year, captured an NCAA Regional title and advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ at the NCAA Championship.
• 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 (U.S.) and Hall (international) will both compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup.
• Ban, ranked as the No. 9 individual in the country by Golfstat, is on the watch lists for the Hogan and Haskins Awards, which go to the nation’s top collegiate golfer.
• UNLV has an active NCAA record of 29 consecutive regional appearances.
• This season marks the 31st at UNLV for Hall of Fame head coach Dwaine Knight.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The second round will begin on Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring is available at UNLVRebels.com or by clicking here.