Rebels Tied For 14th After 1st Round At NCAA Championship

May 28, 2013

MILTON, Ga. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's golf team shot an opening-round 6-over-par 286 on Tuesday and is in a five-way tie for 14th place at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, which is being played at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course (par 70, 7,319 yards) just outside of Atlanta.

The Rebels are 16 shots back of team-leading Arizona State after the Sun Devils fired a 10-under 270 for a four-shot lead over second-place Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets shot 6-under 274 and are a stroke in front of third-place Alabama. Illinois is fourth at 4-under, California is fifth at 3-under, Oklahoma is sixth at 2-under and Texas and Oklahoma State are in a tie for seventh at 1-under. Washington and North Florida are both tied for ninth at 1-over.

UNLV is tied with Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Arizona State's Jon Rahm grabbed the first-round individual lead at 9-under 61, recording 10 birdies and a bogey. Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer is four shots back in second place at 5-under, while California's Brandon Hagy is 4-under in third place. There are four golfers tied for fourth at 3-under.

UNLV senior Kevin Penner turned in the Rebels' best individual score of the day at 1-under 69 and is in a tie for 20th place. He had three birdies and two bogeys on the day.

Rebel sophomore Kurt Kitayama is tied 49th at 1-over, sophomore Carl Jonson and freshman AJ McInerney are both tied for 95th at 3-over and junior Nicholas Maruri is tied for 138th at 6-over.

30 teams and six individuals not on those teams are competing for the national title this week. In all, there are 156 players competing. Stroke play will continue with 18 holes on Wednesday and another 18 on Thursday before the individual champion is crowned and the field is cut to eight teams. After the cut, the low eight teams will compete in single-elimination match-play format each day until a team champion is crowned on Sunday.

The 2013 NCAA Championship is UNLV's 18th all-time appearance. The Rebels won the national title in 1998 in Albuquerque, N.M., and its previous best finish at the event was a second-place showing in 1996. Among its 17 previous appearances at the national finals, the Rebels have recorded nine top-eight finishes. UNLV also boasts two individual national champions - Ryan Moore in 2004 and Warren Schutte in 1991.

The Rebels will start round two off the 10th hole with tee times scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Tee times for the second round are set by seed and pairings for the final round of stroke play Thursday will be set by team score. NCAA.com will offer live web streaming of the championship beginning on the final day of stroke play Thursday, May 30, and during each day of match play.