UNLV Extends Lead After Second Round of 2015 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship


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TUCSON, Ariz. - Seeking its first Mountain West title since 2002, UNLV extended its lead to eight strokes after the second round of the 2015 MW Men's Golf Championship. The 32nd-ranked Rebels fired an 8-under-par 276 today on the par-71,7,144-yard Omni Tucson National Catalina Course and have a 36-hole total of 19-under 549 (273-276). Nevada is in second place with a team score of 11-under 557 (280-277), while No. 33 San Diego State is third at 8-under 560 (280-280). Two-time defending MW champion and 22nd-ranked New Mexico is in fourth place at even par 568 (282-286), followed by Colorado State in fifth at 6-over 574, Boise State in sixth (13-over 581) and San José State seventh (14-over 582). Wyoming is in eighth position at 15-over 583, Air Force is ninth (19-over 587), Utah State 10th (25-over 593) and Fresno State 11th (26-over 594).


Individually, 13 players are under par after 36 holes. UNLV senior Kurt Kitayama continues to lead the field after shooting a second consecutive bogey-free round of 65, including four straight birdies on the front nine. His 36-hole total of 12-under 130 is a new Conference championship record, eclipsing the 133 mark, set by Steve Saunders of New Mexico in 2009 at Tucson National. Kitayama will take a 5-shot lead into the final round.


Nevada freshman Corey Eddings is currently in second place after carding a 2-under 69 today. He collected three birdies over the final four holes to put his current total at 7-under 135 (66-69). San Diego State's Nahum Mendoza III is in third place with a two-day total of 6-under 136 (67-69). The Aztec sophomore collected four birdies over the final 13 holes and posted a 2-under 69 for the day.


Nevada freshman Grant Booth (67-70), sophomore teammate Nick Fuller (70-67) and San Diego State senior Xander Schauffele (67-70) are all tied for fourth place at 5-under 137. Fuller turned in the second-best round of the day, with a bogey-free, 4-under 67.


Kitayama lead all golfers with 12 birdies through the first round. His Rebel teammates Carl Jonson and Shintaro Ban are close behind with 10 birdies apiece.


Final round action begins at 7 a.m. PT Sunday morning. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com or on the men's golf championship page at TheMW.com.