UNLV's Kitayama Named Mountain West Men's Golfer of the Week

April 9, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV sophomore Kurt Kitayama has been selected the Mountain West Men's Golfer of the Week for tournaments played April 5-7.

Kitayama led the UNLV men's golf team to its first team title, and fifth top-four finish, of the 2012-13 season. The Rebels won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational after firing a final-round-low 7-under-par 277 to capture the crown by one shot over top-ranked California. The 18-team, 100-individual tournament was played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards) in Tempe, Ariz.

Kitayama turned in a his best collegiate finish with a tie for fifth place at 6-under 207 (67-71-69). It was his second career top 10 finish. His 54-hole total of 207 also marked a career low. Kitayama shot a career-best 67 during the first round by notching seven birdies and recorded his second tournament as a Rebel with two rounds in the 60s.

Kitayama currently ranks 15th in the Mountain West with a 72.76 stroke average over 21 rounds.