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