Rebels In Fourth At NCAA Regional

May 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's golf team shot an opening-round 8-over-par 292 on Thursday and is in fourth place at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional, which is being played at The Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,286 yards).

Charlotte opened play with a 3-over 287 and leads second-place South Carolina by just a shot. Stanford is third at 7-over, followed by the sixth-seeded Rebels, then Auburn at 9-over. Missouri and New Mexico are both tied for sixth at 10-over.

Charlotte's Raoul Menard recorded six birdies and two bogeys on the day to lead the field by a shot at 4-under 67. UNLV sophomore Carl Jonson and South Carolina's Will Starke are both tied for second at 3-under 68, while four golfers are tied for fourth at 1-under 70.

Jonson's round consisted of six birdies and three bogeys with his last three birdies of the round coming in a span of four holes (No. 13-16).

"I played solid, pretty steady," Jonson said. "I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities and knocked some in. It's a nervous time of year, I guess I'd say, just because there's a lot of pressure this week because you have to play well as a team to keep going. We've worked really hard all year and we're well prepared. The whole team is pretty confident about moving forward."

Other Rebel players: sophomore Kurt Kitayama is tied for 24th at 3-over74, junior Nicholas Maruri and senior Kevin Penner are both tied for 32nd at 4-over 75, and freshman AJ McInerney is tied for 46th at 5-over 76.

There are a total of six 54-hole regional tournaments. The Columbus Regional consists of 13 teams and 75 individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year's national championship.

This year marks UNLV's 25th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.

The tournament will continue with 18 holes on Friday and conclude with another 18 holes on Saturday. UNLV is slated to begin the second round off the No. 1 hole with tee times scheduled every 10 minutes from 8:20-9:00 a.m. ET. With Auburn and Missouri. Live stats are available courtesy of Golfstat through a link on UNLVRebels.com.