Rebel golf has student-athlete receive prestigious honor for second straight year

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s golf senior Shintaro Ban was named PING First Team All-America, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.

Ban is UNLV’s second straight First Team All-America honoree as John Oda was recognized the same way last year. The pair are UNLV’s first First Team All-America recipients since Ryan Moore in 2005. The Rebels have now had a player earn All-America recognition in 27 of the last 30 years.

Ban, who was honorable mention All-America last season, was recently named a finalist for the 2018 Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. He was also a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award.

Ban, this year’s Mountain West Player of the Year, will be competing for the United States at July’s Arnold Palmer Cup in France. He finished 21st individually at the NCAA Championship on Monday. He had a MW-best scoring average of 69.51 this season and finished 21st or better in 13 of 14 events, including eight top-10s and six top-fives.

Ban won four individual titles this season, tying him for first on the seasonal victories list in the Rebel record book.

Ban earned his degree earlier this month in economics and was a member of the UNLV Athletics Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Last week, Ban and junior Harry Hall were named to the PING All-West Region Team.