19th Ranked Rebels Win Men's Golf Titles In Colorado


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The No. 19 UNLV men's golf team led wire-to-wire and captured the team and individual championships on Sunday at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, which was played at Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course (par 72, 7,401 yards).

The Rebels shot a final-round 5-under-par 283 and held off a charge by Colorado to win the tournament by four shots at 26-under 838, which was one shot off the tournament record of 27-under. The Buffaloes shot a final-round-low 14-under to finish the 54-hole event at 22-under. Colorado State finished third at 8-under, New Mexico State was fourth at 1-over, while Southern Utah rounded out the top five at 5-over.

Individually, UNLV sophomore Taylor Montgomery won the first tournament of his career as his final-round 1-under 71 gave him a one-shot win at 10-under 206 over teammate and junior AJ McInerney, who was 1-over on Sunday, along with Colorado's Yannik Paul, who shot 5-under during the final round to tie for second.

It was Montgomery's third top-five finish in 10 career events.

"I am really proud of the guys," head coach Dwaine Knight said. "We had some great play this week from pretty much everyone. It was nice to get the win and a great way to start the season. I am very proud of Taylor - he really gutted it out. It came down to the last putt between him and AJ."

UNLV freshman John Oda, who was playing as an individual, finished sixth in his first collegiate tournament at 5-under 211 after a final-round 1-under. Junior Zane Thomas (1-under 71) and senior Kurt Kitayama (3-under 69) both tied for 10th at 3-under 213, while senior Carl Jonson finished tied for 48th at 7-over 223 after a final-round even-par 72.

The tournament featured 16 teams and 88 individuals. The Rebels will be back in action Sept. 26-27, at the William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.