UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 11 Rebels To Play At Tucker Intercollegiate

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NO. 11 UNLV MEN’S GOLF TO PLAY AT TUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE

Tournament at UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M., set for Friday and Saturday

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The No. 11 UNLV men’s golf team will return to action this weekend as it competes at the 60th Annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course (par 72, 7,562 yards) in Albuquerque, N.M.

The two-day, 54-hole stroke-play tournament hosted by New Mexico, will have two rounds (36 holes) on Friday, Sept. 26 with an 8:00 a.m. MT shotgun start/continuous play, and will conclude with a final round of 18 holes on Saturday, Sept. 27, also with an 8:00 a.m. MT shotgun start.

Competing for the Rebels will be seniors Kurt Kitayama and Carl Jonson, junior Zane Thomas, sophomore Taylor Montgomery and freshman Ben Davis. Competing as individuals are freshman John Oda and junior AJ McInerney.

The Rebels are coming off a dominant performance at their season opener, which was earlier this month at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. UNLV captured the team title at 26-under par, which was one stroke off the tournament record, while Montgomery and McInerney finished one-two in the individual standings with three other Rebels earning top-10 finishes. It was the first career win for Montgomery.

The Tucker Intercollegiate will have a field of 15 teams (Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings in parenthesis): Arizona, BYU, Colorado (20), Colorado State (32), Louisiana-Lafayette (41), Minnesota, New Mexico (33), New Mexico State, San Diego State, TCU (15), Texas Tech (16), UNLV (11), UT Arlington, UTEP and Wyoming.

Live scoring will be available courtesy of Golfstat with a link found at UNLVRebels.com or by clicking here.

New Mexico is the two-time defending Tucker team champion as the Lobos recorded an 18-shot victory at the 2013 event. New Mexico’s Gavin Green is also looking to three-peat as he has earned medalist honors at the event each of the last two years. Last year he won in a playoff after recording a 54-hole score of 5-under. UNLV finished fourth as a team at last year’s Tucker (24-over), while its top individual finisher was Thomas who tied for fourth (1-over). Kitayama also placed in the top 10 (tied for seventh at 2-over).

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Headed To NCAA-Record 26th Straight Regional

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REBELS HEADED TO NCAA-RECORD 26TH STRAIGHT REGIONAL

UNLV’s men’s golf earns No. 5 seed in Sugar Grove, Ill., play begins May 15

The UNLV men’s golf team will be the No. 5 seed at the NCAA’s Sugar Grove Regional, which will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., beginning Thursday, May 15, the NCAA announced Monday. The invitation marks UNLV’s 26th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive appearances.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals to make up the 30 qualifying teams and six individuals not on those teams that will compete for the NCAA title.

The other five regional sites are Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C., Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., and Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Wichita State is the host institution for this year’s championship.

In its last outing, UNLV finished third (five shots back) at the Mountain West Championship, which was played April 25-27 in Tucson, Ariz. Rebel junior Carl Jonson finished just one shot back individually (third place), missing an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th green that would have sent him to the playoff. UNLV junior Nicholas Maruri also finished in the top 10, while sophomore Zane Thomas, sophomore AJ McInerney and junior Kurt Kitayama all finished in the top 20. Jonson, Kitayama and Thomas were selected to the 2013-14 All-Mountain West team.

UNLV, which is ranked No. 28 in the country by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin, has competed in 11 tournaments this season and has recorded seven top-four showings, including three team victories.

The Rebels finished fourth at last year’s Columbus Regional to advance to the NCAA finals where they tied for sixth at the end of stroke play, and advanced to the Elite Eight before being eliminated by Georgia Tech in a match that went to a sudden-death playoff. Jonson, McInerney and Kitayama all have NCAA Regional experience with Jonson and Kitayama each playing in two previous regionals, while McInerney has played in one. Jonson owns the top individual finish of the group with a tie for seventh last year in Columbus.

Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the Sugar Grove Regional. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parenthesis. The entire field for the NCAA Regionals may be found on the NCAA’s website or by clicking here. An information page on the Sugar Grove Regional may be found here.

SUGAR GROVE REGIONAL – May 15-17
Rich Harvest Farms – Sugar Grove, Ill.
Hosted by Northern Illinois

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Cal
2. Illinois
3. USC
4. Alabama-Birmingham
5. UNLV
6. Clemson
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Purdue
9. Mississippi State
10. Cal State Fullerton (Big West Conference)
11. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
12. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
13. Cleveland State (Horizon League)
14. Saint Peter’s (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Individuals:
1. Niall Platt, Notre Dame
2. Chris O’Neill, Michigan
3. Danny Pizetoski, Richmond
4. Juan Veloza, Towson
5. Rob van de Vin, IUPUI

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 24 Rebels To Play In Tournament At Ohio State This Weekend

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NO. 24 REBELS TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENT AT OHIO STATE THIS WEEKEND

UNLV men’s golf, which has won two of its last four events, to compete at Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13

The No. 24 UNLV men’s golf team will compete this weekend at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, which will be held Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,455 yards) in Columbus, Ohio.

The 15-team, 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes played on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Starts each day are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET (shotgun on Saturday, off No. 1 & 10 tees Sunday). The field will be made up of Ball State, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Liberty, Miami (OH), Missouri, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon State, Penn State, UAB, UNC Charlotte and UNLV.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, sophomore Zane Thomas and freshman Taylor Montgomery.

The Kepler Intercollegiate was not played in 2013. Kent State (898) won the event in 2012, while Max Buckley (220) from SMU claimed medalist honors that year. UNLV last played in the tournament in 2002, when it captured the team title.

The Rebels have played in nine tournaments this season with three team victories, including two of the last four. In addition, UNLV has finished in the top four in five of nine events this year.

Live scoring of the Kepler Intercollegiate will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com or by clicking here.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 22 Rebels Move Up Standings During Second Day At The Goodwin

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NO. 22 REBELS MOVE UP STANDINGS DURING SECONDDAY AT THE GOODWIN

UNLV men’s golf makes up six spots in the standings as a team, Jonson and Kitayama tied for 12th individually in Palo Alto

2014 The Goodwin Results

The No. 22 UNLV men’s golf team shot a second-round 7-over-par 287 on Saturday at The Goodwin, which is being played at Stanford Golf Course (par 70, 6,727 yards). The Rebels moved up six spots in the standings as a team and are at 18-over 578 after 36 holes of play.

Host Stanford shot 1-over 281 during the second round and remains the team leader at 11-under 549, six shots ahead of second-place UCLA. Oregon is in third at 2-under, followed by Washington in fourth at 1-under and USC in fifth at 3-over. UNLV is in 11th place.

Individually, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers shot 1-under 69 on Saturday and leads by three shots at 8-under 132. USC’s Rico Hoey and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy are both tied for second at 5-under.

Juniors Carl Jonson and Kurt Kitayama both lead the Rebels is a tie for 12th at 1-under 139. Jonson shot even-par 70 during the second round, while Kitayama was 1-under 69. Sophomore AJ McInerney is tied for 62nd at 8-over after shooting 3-over 73 during the second round, freshman Taylor Montgomery is 84th at 12-over after a 5-over on Saturday and freshman Redford Bobbitt is tied for 90th at 18-over after an 11-over second round.

The tournament features 18 teams and 93 individuals. Play will conclude on Sunday with 18 holes beginning at 8 a.m. Live scoring is available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 22 Rebels To Play In Palo Alto This Weekend

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NO. 22 UNLV MEN’S GOLF TO PLAY IN PALO ALTO THIS WEEKEND

The Rebels, who have won two of their last three events, to compete at The Goodwin, Friday-Sunday, March 28-30

The No. 22 UNLV men’s golf team will compete this weekend at The Goodwin, which will be held Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, at Stanford Golf Course (par 70, 6,727 yards) in Palo Alto, Calif.

Originally named the United States Intercollegiate, the event was recently renamed The Goodwin in honor of former Stanford head coach Wally Goodwin.

The 18-team, 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played each day beginning at 8 a.m. The field will be made up of Colorado State, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Northwestern, Oregon, San Diego State, San José State, host St. Mary’s, Stanford, TCU, UAB, UC Davis, UCLA, UNLV, USC, USF, Washington and Washington State.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and freshman Redford Bobbitt.

Stanford won last year’s event by six shots at 23-under 217. Individually, TCU’s Paul Barjon earned medalist honors by three shots at 11-under 199. UNLV did not compete in last year’s U.S. Intercollegiate.

UNLV has played in eight tournaments this season with three team victories, including two of the last three. In addition, the Rebels have finished in the top four in five of eight events this year.

Live scoring of The Goodwin will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Jonson Named MW Men’s Co-Golfer Of The Week

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JONSON NAMED MW MEN’S CO-GOLFER OF THE WEEK

Rebel junior recorded two top-six finishes in the last
week, including the best individual finish of his career

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UNLV junior Carl Jonson and San Diego State junior Xander Schauffele have been selected as the Mountain West Men’s Co-Golfers of the Week for tournaments played March 14-18. This is the first MW weekly accolade for Jonson and second for Schauffele.

Jonson, a Bainbridge Island, Wash., native, recorded two top-six finishes in the last week as he tied for sixth at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., and finished fourth at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev. He was five shots off the lead in Tucson and just three back in Primm.

On March 14-16 at the NIT, he fired a 6-under-par 210 (71-69-70) on the par 72, 7,200-yard Omni Tucson National Course. His fourth-place finish in Primm marked the top individual finish of his career, eclipsing his previous best of seventh place. He tied for seventh at last year’s NCAA Regional and was seventh at the 2012 NIT.

At the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 17-18, he carded a 3-under 213 (71-67-75) on the par-72, 7,131-yard Desert Course.

His middle rounds in both tournaments were his finest as he shot 3-under 69 during the second round in Tucson and had a career-low 5-under 67 at the Jackrabbit Invitational.

Jonson helped UNLV to a tie for fourth as a team at the NIT and a run-away team title at the Jackrabbit Invitational, winning the event by 20 strokes. It was UNLV’s third win as a team on the year and second in its last three events.

With two top-10 finishes this week, he now has five for his career. His scoring average for the week was 70.5 per round. He turned in two rounds in the 60s and five of six under par.

Schauffele tied for sixth at the NIT.

The Rebels, who have moved up to No. 22 in the Golfstat national rankings, will be back in action March 28-30 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 23 Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend

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NO. 23 UNLV MEN’S GOLF TO PLAY IN TUCSON THIS WEEKEND

National Invitational Tournament will be held Friday-Sunday, March 14-16

The No. 23 UNLV men’s golf team is in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club’s Catalina Course (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16.

The 14-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played each day beginning at 8 a.m. MT. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, California, Marquette, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and sophomore Zane Thomas. Freshman Chris Tuulik will compete as an individual. UNLV finished ninth (out of 16 teams) at last year’s NIT at 5-over 869. New Mexico won the team title by one shot at 20-under, while individual medalist honors were captured by TCU’s Julien Brun by a stroke at 8-under. Kitayama was the Rebels’ top finisher as he tied for 22nd at even par.

UNLV is coming off its second victory of the season, a team win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas on March 9. Golfweek named UNLV its National Team of the Week after the win at the prestigious tournament, which annually features one of the toughest fields in college golf. Last weekend’s event included seven of the top-10 ranked teams in the country. In addition, 11 of the 15 teams competing were ranked in the top 20 and all participants were among the nation’s top 50. The field also featured 20 of the top-30 ranked individuals.

The victory was UNLV’s second in three years at the event, fifth in the last seven and seventh in the last 10. Kitayama tied for second individually, while Jonson also finished in the top-10 in a tie for eighth.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Move Up To Eighth After Second Round In Hawaii

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF MOVES UP TO EIGHTH AFTER SECOND ROUND IN HAWAII

Rebels, who are playing three freshmen, shot 3-over as a team on Thursday; Jonson still leading the squad at Burns Intercollegiate

The UNLV men’s golf team, which is playing three freshman, shot a second-round 3-over-par 291 on Thursday at the 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which is being played at Kauai’s Wailua Golf Course (par 72, 6,991 yards).

Three-time defending tournament champion and No. 2-ranked California (according to Golfweek) remained at the top of the leaderboard after a second-round 6-under 282 and leads the field by nine shots with a 36-hole total of 16-under 560. No. 37 BYU and No. 6 Texas A&M are both tied for second at 7-under. No. 15 New Mexico is fourth at 1-over, while UTEP and Arizona are both tied for fifth at 4-over.

The No. 28 Rebels are tied with Long Beach State for eighth at 8-over 584 for the tournament.

BYU’s Justin Keiley shot his way into the individual lead with a 6-under 66 on Thursday. His 36-hole total of 10-under 134 leads defending medalist Joel Stalter from California by four shots, while Arizona’s Erik Oja is one shot further back in third at 5-under.

UNLV junior Carl Jonson shot even-par 72 on Thursday and remains the top Rebel player in the standings as he is tied for 14th at 1-under 143. He carded three birdies and three bogeys during his second round.

Junior Kurt Kitayama is tied for 18th at even-par 144 after another even-par 72, freshman Taylor Montgomery is tied for 23rd at 1-over 145 after also shooting even par on Thursday, freshman Redford Bobbitt is tied for 70th at 8-over 152 after a 3-over 75 and freshman Chris Tuulik is tied for 74th at 9-over 153 after a 3-over 75.

The 17-team, 90-individual tournament will conclude Friday with 18 holes.

Live scoring of the tournament is available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Tee Up Spring Season In Hawaii

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF TO TEE UP SPRING SEASON IN HAWAII

Rebels will play at John A. Burns Intercollegiate Wednesday through Friday

The UNLV men’s golf team will open its spring season in Hawaii at the 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which will be played Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 19-21, on Kauai’s Wailua Golf Course (par 72, 6,991 yards).

The tournament, which is making a return trip to the Garden Island where it was held in 1978, features a 16-team field with five teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s Top 50: three-time defending champion and No. 2 California, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 15 New Mexico, No. 28 UNLV and No. 37 BYU.

Also competing are Arizona, Colorado State, Fresno State, UH-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, Reno, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, UTEP and Washington State.

A municipal course located in Lihue, Wailua has played host to three USGA National Public Links Championships and has a top 10 rating by Golf Digest as one of the best courses in the state of Hawaii.

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each day. The first and second rounds will begin at 8 a.m. HST, while the final round on Friday will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. HST.

In the lineup for the Rebels this week will be junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and freshman Chris Tuulik.

This year marks the third that the Burns has traveled off the island of Oahu.

In last year’s tournament, Cal won going away by 27 strokes at 14-under, while Joel Stalter took medalist honors by eight shots with a 12-under 204 total. As a team, UNLV finished sixth at 25-over. The Rebels’ top returning finisher from last year’s Burns is McInerney, who tied for 17th at 7-over. Johnson is the only other Rebel from last year to return to the Burns this week. He finished tied for 37th at 12-over.

Live scoring of the tournament will be available off a link at UNLVRebels.com, courtesy of Golfstat, and may be accessed by clicking here.

UNLV played in four events during the fall season, recording three top-five finishes, including a victory at the season-opening Carmel Cup. Rebel individuals have turned in six top-10 performances so far this season.

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 16 Rebels 10th After First Day In Alabama

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NO. 16 UNLV MEN’S GOLF 10TH AFTER FIRST DAY IN ALABAMA

Kurt Kitayama leads Rebels after 36 holes at Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, final round scheduled for Tuesday

2013 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate First Day Results

The No. 16 UNLV men’s golf team shot an opening-round 23-over-par 303 then followed with a second-round 7-over 287 and is in 10th place after the first day at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, which was played at Old Overton Golf Club (par 70, 7,204 yards) on Monday.

Host and No. 1 Alabama leads the field by 10 shots at 8-under 552 after an opening-round 6-under 274 and a second-round 2-under 278. No. 2 Texas A&M is second at 2-over followed by Texas in third at 4-over. No. 12 UAB is fourth at 5-over, while Arkansas rounds out the top five at 14-over. UNLV is at 30-over 590. Twelve teams are competing at the JPNI.

Individually, UAB’s Wilson McDonald shot 65-67 to finish the first day of play at 8-under 132, four shots ahead of Charlotte’s Franco Castro and Texas A&M’s Ben Crancer, who are both tied for second at 4-under 136. Two others are tied for fourth at 3-under.

UNLV junior Kurt Kityama led all Rebel players and is in a tie for 20th at 5-over 145 (77-68). Junior Carl Jonson is tied for 30th at 7-over 147 (74-73), while freshman Chris Tuulik is tied for 43rd at 9-over 149 (75-74). Sophomore Zane Thomas is tied for 48th at 10-over 150 (78-72) and sophomore AJ McInerney is tied for 53rd at 13-over 153 (77-76). The tournament has a total of 60 individuals.

Tee times for Tuesday’s final round will begin at 8 a.m. CT off holes No. 1 and No. 10. UNLV is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. CT off No. 10 with Arizona and Mississippi State.

Live scoring is available courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com and by clicking here

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Tee Up Spring Season In Hawaii

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF TO TEE UP SPRING SEASON IN HAWAII

Rebels will play at John A. Burns Intercollegiate Wednesday through Friday

The UNLV men’s golf team will open its spring season at the 37th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which will be played Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 20-22, at Turtle Bay Resort’s Arnold Palmer Course (par 72, 7,218 yards) in Kahuku, Hawaii.

The tournament features a 15-team field with three teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s Top 25: No. 1 California, No. 4 New Mexico and No. 25 Texas A&M. The rest of the field includes Arizona, BYU, BYU-Hawaii, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Nevada, Reno, UNLV, UTEP, Utah and Washington State.

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each day starting at 7:30 a.m. HST.

In the lineup for the Rebels this week will be senior Kevin Penner, junior Blake Biddle, freshman AJ McInerney, sophomore Carl Jonson and freshman Zane Thomas.

California is the two-time defending Burns Intercollegiate champion. UNLV finished tied for second last year, seven shots back at 10-under 854. The Rebels were led by Penner and Biddle, who finished tied for sixth and eighth, respectively. Duke’s Julian Suri earned medalist honors at 11-under.

Live scoring of the tournament will be available off a link at UNLVRebels.com, courtesy of Golfstat.

UNLV played in five events during the fall season, recording four top-four finishes or better. The Rebels are coming off a second-place showing at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, which was played in Las Cruces, N.M., in October.

Biddle was the only Rebel to record an individual win during the fall season (Wimberly Intercollegiate), finishing with three top-10 finishes, including two top-fives. Penner finished in the top-10 in all four of his events, including two top-fives and a second-place showing at the PING Golfweek Preview Invitational, while McInerney also had a second-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.