No. 13 Rebels Tie For 2nd In Hawaii

Feb. 17, 2012


KAHUKU, Hawaii ( - The No. 13 UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 3-under-par 285 on Friday and finished tied for second with a 54-hole total of 10-under 854 at the 36th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which was played at Turtle Bay Resort's Arnold Palmer Course (par 72, 7218 yards).

California led wire-to-wire to capture the team title with a seven-shot victory at 17-under 847. The Bears shot a final-round 3-over 291 and won their second straight Burns title. Duke tied with the Rebels for second after a final-round 2-under 286. New Mexico was fourth at 9-under, while Texas A&M rounded out the top five at 8-under.

Duke's Julian Suri captured medalist honors after a final-round 2-under 70 to win the event by four shots at 11-under 205. California's Max Homa finished second at 7-under.

UNLV junior Kevin Penner led all Rebel players and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place at 4-under 212. Penner shot even par on Friday to turn in his third top-five performance of the year. Sophomore Blake Biddle also shot even par during the final round and finished tied for eighth at 3-under 213, while senior Derek Ernst tied for 11th at 2-under 214 after a final-round 4-under 68.

Rebel freshman Carl Jonson finished tied for 18th at even-par 216, while Kurt Kitayama, also a freshman, finished tied for 78th.

The tournament consisted of 18 teams and 105 individuals and marked UNLV's fourth time finishing in the top two in five total events played this season.

UNLV will be back in action Feb. 25-26, at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.