UNLV Sweeps Team and Individual Titles at Jackrabbit Invitational Again


PRIMM, Nev. - The UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 23-under 265 on Tuesday and won the team title at the 6th Annual Jackrabbit Invitational, which was played at Primm Valley Golf Club (par-72, 7,131-yard Desert Course). It was the Rebels' second straight victory at the event, which was hosted by South Dakota State.


It also marked UNLV's second team title of the year (first was at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colo.) and was its fifth top-three showing in eight events this season.


UNLV finished the 54-hole tournament at 60-under 804, finishing 17 shots ahead of second-place Tennessee (43-under 821). The Volunteers shot a final-round 6-under 282. Oral Roberts placed third at 4-under, Oakland was fourth at 2-under and Weber State rounded out the top five at 1-under. There were a total of 15 teams that competed in the event.


Individually, three Rebels were 1-2-3 in the standings with Kurt Kitayama earning medalist honors for the second straight year. The senior carded a 19-under 197 after a final-round 6-under 66 for the second individual win of his career.


UNLV freshman John Oda was second, one shot back, at 18-under after a final-round 8-under 64, while senior Carl Jonson was third at 15-under 201 after a final-round 6-under 66.


Other Rebel scores: sophomore Redford Bobbitt, who played as an individual, finished sixth at 11-under after a final-round 1-under 71, sophomore Taylor Montgomery finished tied for ninth at 8-under after a final-round 3-under 69, freshman Shintaro Ban, who played as an individual, tied for 14th at 3-under after a final-round 3-under 69 and senior Nicholas Maruri tied for 26th at even par after a final-round 1-over 73. There were a total of 87 individuals competing.


UNLV will be back in action The Goodwin, March 26-28, in Palo Alto, Calif.