Rebels Shoot Even Par On Saturday

May 5, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. ( - The No. 7 UNLV men's golf team shot a second-round even-par 284 on Saturday and remains in fifth place at the 2012 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship, which is being played at the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National Resort (par 71, 7,144 yards).

The Rebels have a 36-hole total of 1-over 569 and trail tournament-leading San Diego State by 11 shots entering the final round. The Aztecs shot 6-under 278 during the second round and sit atop the leaderboard at 10-under 558 after two rounds of play. New Mexico shot 2-under on Saturday and is in second place at 5-under 563. Colorado State is third at 1-under, while TCU is fourth at even par. Fourteen shots separate UNLV from sixth-place Boise State. All eight MW schools are represented in the field, which is also made up of 40 individuals.

San Diego State teammates Tom Berry and Alex Kang are both tied for the individual lead at 5-under 137. Berry was 4-under on Saturday, while Kang shot 1-under. The pair lead the field by a shot as there is a four-way tie for third at 4-under.

UNLV senior and defending MW individual champion Derek Ernst shot 3-under 68 on Saturday and moved into seventh place at 3-under 139. He leads all Rebel players and is just two shots off the lead. Rebel freshman Carl Jonson is also in the top-10 as he shot 2-under on Saturday and is in 10th place at 1-under 141.

Other Rebel scores: junior Kevin Penner shot a second-round 2-over 73 and is tied for 19th at 3-over 145, freshman Kurt Kitayama shot a second-round 5-over 76 and is tied for 21st at 4-over 146, and sophomore Blake Biddle shot a second-round 3-over 74 and is tied for 36th at 10-over 152.

Play at the 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday with 18 holes. Live scoring for the MW Championship is available through a link on