No. 25 UNLV Wins 3rd Tournament of Year; Ban Wins Individual Title


Courtesy of UNLV Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 UNLV men’s golf team won its third tournament of the season on Sunday at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, which was played at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,455 yards).

In their 10th tournament of the season, the Rebels recorded their fifth top-five finish and in each of their last three tournaments they have finished first, second and first.

UNLV shot a final-round 13-over-par 297 to win the tournament by five shots at 18-over 586. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes in advance because of forecasted inclement weather.

UAB and Michigan State each tied for second at 23-over, while host Ohio State finished fourth at 26-over. Maryland rounded out the top five at 29-over. There were 16 teams competing.

Individually, UNLV sophomore Shintaro Ban, Maryland’s Tom Harris and Michigan State’s Josh Heinze all tied for first at 2-over 144. Ban shot a final-round 3-over 74, while Harris and Heinze both shot 1-over 72.

There was a three-way individual playoff, but Heinze bogeyed the first hole leaving Ban and Harris to battle it out the rest of the way. Ban earned medalist honors with a three-foot birdie on the fourth playoff hole with very little sunlight remaining for his first career victory.

UNLV senior AJ McInerney was part of a four-way tie for fourth at 3-over 145. He shot 1-over 72 during the final round.

Other Rebel scores: freshman Harry Hall tied for 13th at 6-over after a final-round 4-over 75, sophomore John Oda tied for 18th at 7-over 149 after a final-round 5-over 76 and senior Zane Thomas tied for 44th at 10-over 152 after a final-round 6-over 77.

UNLV will be back in action at the Mountain West Championship, which will be held April 22-24 in Tucson, Ariz.