Rebels Tie For Second At Season Opener

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 13 UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 4-over-par 292 and finished in a tie for second place on Monday at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, which was played at the Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course (par 72, 7,370 yards).

UNLV tied with Coastal Carolina, who shot 1-under 287 during the final round, both 12 shots off the lead at even-par 864. Colorado won the team title with a 12-under 858 after a final-round 3-under 285. Colorado State and host Air Force both finished tied for fourth at 2-over to round out the top five.

Colorado's Jason Burstyn shot a final-round 4-under 68 to earn medalist honors by three shots at 9-under 207. Utah State's Tanner Higham finished second at 6-under. Two Rebel players finished in the top 10: junior Blake Biddle tied for sixth at 3-under 213 after a final-round 1-over 73, and sophomore Kurt Kitayama tied for ninth at 2-under 214 after a final-round 1-under 71.

Other Rebels: freshman AJ McInerney tied for 14th at 1-over 217 after a final-round 3-over 75, while junior Nicholas Maruri and freshman Zane Thomas both tied for 49th at 9-over 225. Maruri shot 6-over during the final round, while Thomas was 1-over.

The tournament featured 16 teams and 88 individuals.

UNLV will back in action September 23-25 at the PING/Golfweek Preview, which will be played at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.