Rebels Advance To National Championship
May 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 10-over-par 294 on Saturday and finished fourth at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional, which was played at The Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,286 yards).
With the top-five finish at the regional, the Rebels have advanced to their 18th NCAA Championship tournament and their first since 2010.
"We were pretty happy for a couple days," UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said on going into the final round. "Today we came out a little tight and started thinking about how we haven't advanced to the finals in a couple years, so it was nice to get this team going.
"We've got five sophomores on this team and I believe that our immaturity showed at times today. Pars are pretty good on a day like this; it's a great golf course in championship play. Really it's just nice to keep going."
Also advancing were New Mexico, who finished first at 18-over after a tournament-low round of 1-under 283 on Saturday, Auburn and South Carolina, who both tied for second at 20-over and Texas Tech, who finished fifth at 27-over. UNLV's 54-hole score was 26-over 878. Virginia just missed the cut by finishing sixth at 30-over.
New Mexico's James Erkenbeck earned medalist honors by four shots at 3-under 210 after a final-round 3-under 68. Denny McCarthy of Virginia finished the day in a three-way tie for second at 1-over 214 and secured the individual slot to advance to the championship. He totaled six birdies to card a tournament-best 66 on Saturday.
The Rebels were led by sophomore Carl Jonson who finished tied for seventh at 3-over 216 after a final-round 5-over 76. Other Rebels: freshman AJ McInerney tied for 18th at 7-over 220 after a final-round even-par 71, senior Kevin Penner tied for 34th at 10-over 223 after a final-round 3-over 74, sophomore Kurt Kitayama tied for 37th at 11-over 224 after a final-round 2-over 73 and junior Nicholas Maruri tied for 43rd at 12-over 225 after a final-round 6-over 77.
There were a total of six 54-hole regional tournaments. The Columbus Regional consisted of 13 teams and 75 individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals advanced 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 marked UNLV's 25th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.