UNLV's John Oda Earns Medalist Honors At Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate

Courtesy of UNLV Athletics Media Relations

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - The No. 21 UNLV men’s golf team climbed from fourth place to finish second, just one shot back, after firing a final-round-low 6-under-par 274 on Tuesday at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, which was played at Old Overton Golf Club (par 70, 7,204 yards). 

The Rebels, who were the only team to shoot better than 2-over on the day, had a 54-hole total of 1-over 841, while Auburn captured the team title at even-par 840. The Tigers shot 2-over on Tuesday. Baylor finished third at 7-over, UAB was fourth at 16-over and host Alabama rounded out the top five at 18-over. There were 12 teams competing at the event.

UNLV junior John Oda used a tournament-low 6-under 64 during the final round to move up eight spots in the standings and win medalist honors by a shot. He finished the tournament at 7-under 203 after collecting eight birdies during the final round (with two bogeys).

The win was Oda’s second of the season and fourth of his career, tying him for fifth on the all-time UNLV men’s golf chart for most career individual tournament victories. The only Rebel golfers to record more individual wins are Ryan Moore, Warren Schutte, Kevin Penner and Jeremy Anderson.

Charlotte’s Conor Purcell finished second at the JPNI at 6-under, while Alabama’s Lee Hodges was third at 4-under.

Other Rebel scores: sophomore Harry Hall finished tied for 15th at 2-over 212 after a final-round 69, freshman Yash Majmudar tied for 17th at 3-over 213 after a final-round 3-over 73, senior Taylor Montgomery tied for 26th at 8-over 218 after a final-round 68 and junior Shintaro Ban tied for 36th at 10-over 220 after a final-round 5-over 75.

The Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate was the fourth and final team tournament of the fall for UNLV. The team will open the spring season in February in Hawaii at the John Burns Intercollegiate.

Oda will compete in one more collegiate tournament this fall: the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in November in El Paso, Texas.