No. 25 UNLV Ends Season At Regional

 

Courtesy of UNLV Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 25 UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 6-under-par 282 on Wednesday and finished sixth at the 2016 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, which was played at Ol' Colony Golf Course (par 72, 7,514 yards). The Rebels finished one spot out of advancing to the national finals, ending their season.

UNLV won four tournaments in a total of 12 events this year and entered the NCAA Regionals with finishes of first, second, first and first in its previous four tournaments. That included capturing the team title at the Mountain West Championship for its first conference crown in 14 years. Overall, the Rebels finished in the top three in six outings this season.

Georgia won the team title at the Tuscaloosa Regional by four shots at 16-under 848 after a final-round 6-under 282. South Carolina was second at 12-under, followed by Alabama in third at 7-under, Kentucky in fourth at 6-under and Auburn in fifth at 3-over. UNLV finished with a 54-hole score of 11-over 875 and College of Charleston was seventh at 23-over.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six NCAA Regional sites advanced to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Georgia's Greyson Sigg earned medalist honors at the Tuscaloosa Regional by a shot at 9-under 207 after a final-round 4-under 68. South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith and College of Charleston's William Rainey also shot final-round scores of 4-under and finished second and third, respectively, at 8-under and 7-under. Rainey is the advancing individual from Tuscaloosa to the national finals.

UNLV sophomore John Oda led the Rebels and tied for eighth at 3-under 213 after a final-round 2-under 70. Oda, who had three birdies on Wednesday, was the next individual finisher not on an advancing team. Rebel senior Zane Thomas also finished in the top 10 as he tied for 10th at 1-under after a final-round 3-under 69. Thomas birdied a final-round-low eight holes.

Other UNLV scores: sophomore Shintaro Ban tied for 46th at 10-over 226 after a final-round 2-over 74, freshman Harry Hall tied for 50th at 11-over 227 after a final-round 2-under 70 (four birdies, and sophomore Ben Davis tied for 60th at 17-over 233 after a final-round 1-over 73.

The Tuscaloosa Regional had a total of 13 teams and 75 individuals competing. This year marked UNLV's 28th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.