UNLV Leads After First Round of 2015 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship


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TUCSON, Ariz. - UNLV is the first-round leader at the 2015 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship, opening with an 11-under-par 272 on the par 71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. The 32nd-ranked Rebels' team total of 272 equaled the MW Tournament first-round record set by BYU in 2007 and was one stroke off the single round mark of 271, held by UNLV in 2009 and 2010. The Rebels enter round two with a seven stroke advantage over No. 33 San Diego State and Nevada, which are tied for second with identical team scores of 4-under 280. Two-time defending MW champion and 22nd-ranked New Mexico is fourth at 2-under 282, followed by Colorado State in fifth at 3-over 287. San José State and Fresno State are tied for sixth at 9-over 293, while Utah State, Wyoming and Boise State are tied for eighth at 11-over 295. Air Force rounds out the field in 11th at 12-over 296.


Individually, UNLV's senior Kurt Kitayama stands alone atop the first-round leader board after firing a bogey-free, 6-under 65, one shot off the single-round record for the Conference championship. Nevada freshman Corey Eddings is one shot back of the individual lead at 5-under 66 after carding four birdies and an eagle. Eddings' teammate and fellow freshman, Grant Booth is tied for third after round one with San Diego State senior Xander Schauffele and sophomore Nahum Mendoza III. All three golfers turned in rounds of 4-under 67. New Mexico senior Sean Romero and UNLV senior Carl Jonson are tied for sixth with identical scores of 3-under 68.


Romero, Jonson and Kitayama lead all golfers with six birdies apiece through the first round. Mendoza and Eddings, along with Fresno State freshman Justin Avery and New Mexico freshman Gustavo Morantes, each collected an eagle in the first round of action.


Second round action begins at 7 a.m. PT Saturday morning, followed by the final 18 holes Sunday at 7 a.m. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com or on the men's golf championship page at TheMW.com.