The Rebels will compete at the Thunderbird Collegiate, Friday-Saturday
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s golf team will conclude the regular season this Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, at the 47th annual Thunderbird Collegiate. The tournament will be played at Papago Golf Course (par 71, 7,333) yards in Phoenix, Arizona.
THE FIELD: Nine of the 13 teams competing made the NCAA Championship last year, as teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and WCC make up the field. Competing will be host Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, Iowa State, Marquette, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Saint Mary’s, Texas, UCLA, UNLV and Utah.
THE FORMAT: The 54-hole stroke-play event will consist of 36 holes on Friday and 18 Saturday. Teams will play five players with the low four scores each day counted for the team total.
TEE TIMES: Play will begin at 7 a.m. both days.
THE LINEUP: Competing for UNLV will be senior Harry Hall, sophomore Jack Trent, freshman David Rauch and juniors Justin Kim and Justin Chong. Freshman Chris Ebster will play as an individual.
LAST OUTING: The Rebels are coming off a sixth-place finish at The Goodwin, which was hosted by Stanford at the end of March. Rauch was the top individual finisher for the Rebels, tying for ninth at 1-over.
LAST YEAR: UNLV has been the runner-up as a team at the Thunderbird each of the last two seasons. Former Rebel All-American Shintaro Ban won the individual crown at last year’s event, which was played at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course, tying for first with a winning score of 11-under. Trent also finished in the top-10 as he tied for eighth at 5-under.
• UNLV is the three-time defending Mountain West champions.
• Last year’s team also finished third at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio, and placed in the top 20 at the NCAA Championship.
• Trent earned the Mountain West Freshman of the Year award last season, while Harry Hall and Trent were both recognized as All-MW performers.
• Hall was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in July.
• UNLV has played in a NCAA-record 30 straight regionals.
• This year marks head coach Dwaine Knight’s 32nd season leading the Rebel program.