Two Rebels Earn All-Mountain West Honors

May 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

For the fourth straight year, UNLV senior Derek Ernst has been selected to the All-Mountain West Men's Golf Team, while Rebel junior Kevin Penner has also been named to the 10-person team for the second straight time, as the conference announced its 2011-12 awards on Thursday.

TCU's Johan de Beer has also earned all-league honors four consecutive years, making him, Ernst and former UNLV student-athlete Ryan Moore the only men's golfers in Mountain West history to achieve the feat.

Ernst, a Clovis, Calif., native, ranks second in the league in scoring average this season at 71.06 in 33 rounds, which tops the No. 9 Rebels. He has recorded nine top-20 finishes in 11 total events this year, including six top-10s and five top-fives. He has shot under par in 16 rounds, while shooting even-par in three more, and earned individual medalist honors at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Penner, from Sammamish, Wash., is fifth in the conference in scoring average at 71.39 over 33 rounds, ranking second on the team. He also has turned in nine top-20 finishes, including seven top-10s and two top-fives, winning the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate this year. He has tallied 14 rounds under par and an additional four at even-par.

San Diego State's J.J. Spaun earned the league's Golfer of the Year award, while TCU's Julien Brun was named Freshman of the Year and San Diego State's Ryan Donovan received Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season.

UNLV has been awarded the No. 2 seed at the NCAA's Greensboro Regional, which will be played at Grandover Resort (East Course) in Greensboro, N.C., beginning Thursday, May 17.

2011-12 Mountain West Men's Golf Awards

Golfer of the Year
J.J. Spaun, Sr., San Diego State

Freshman of the Year
Julien Brun, TCU

Coach of the Year
Ryan Donovan, San Diego State

All-Conference Team
Zahkai Brown, Sr., Colorado State
John Catlin, Jr., New Mexico
James Erkenbeck, Jr., New Mexico
Victor Perez, Fr., New Mexico
Alex Kang, Sr., San Diego State
J.J. Spaun, Sr., San Diego State
Johan de Beer, Sr., TCU
Julien Brun, Fr., TCU
Derek Ernst, Sr., UNLV
Kevin Penner, Jr., UNLV