Rebels To Tee Up Spring Season In Hawaii

Feb. 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The No. 13 UNLV men's golf team will open its spring season at the 36th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which will be played Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 15-17, at Turtle Bay Resort's Arnold Palmer Course (par 72, 7,218 yards) in Kahuku, Hawaii.

UNLV won three of the four tournaments it competed in during the fall, which marked the first time in program history that it recorded three team victories during a fall season.

The squad, however, will be without a key fall contributor for the rest of the season as sophomore Nicholas Maruri suffered a broken left wrist in December. He played in all four events during the fall season for the Rebels and tied for third on the team in scoring average (72.58).

"We are very disappointed that Nico will not be able to compete this spring," UNLV head coach Dwaine Knight said. "Right now there is no prognosis on when he may be able to play again. We are hopeful that he can get back as soon as possible, but while he is out there is an opportunity for someone else to step up and earn a travel spot. It will give someone we weren't expecting to contribute a chance to shine, which has happened for us in the past."

In the lineup for the Rebels this week will be senior Derek Ernst, junior Kevin Penner, sophomore Blake Biddle, and freshmen Carl Jonson and Kurt Kitayama. It will be Kitayama's first intercollegiate competition, while the other four played in each event during the fall.

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each day with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. HST. The field consists of 18 teams: Arizona, BYU, BYU-Hawaii, California, Colorado State, Denver, Duke, Fresno State, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Missouri, Nevada, Reno, New Mexico, SMU, Texas A&M, UNLV, Utah and UTEP.

UNLV did not compete at last year's Burns Intercollegiate, which California won by six shots at 30-under. There was a three-way tie for first individually at 10-under.

Live scoring of the tournament will be available off a link at, courtesy of Golfstat.