Men's preview: Mountain West Conference

Men's preview: Mountain West Conference

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Men's preview: Mountain West Conference

It was a record-breaking fall for the UNLV men’s golf team.

The Rebels won a season-high three times in four events while setting two tournament records.

UNLV shot 20 under at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at Eisenhower GC’s Blue Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., and then posted 34 under at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at NMSU GC in Las Cruces, N.M.

“It showed that the team was able to go low,” Rebels head coach Dwaine Knight said. “That was a real confidence booster for us. We played well on two good golf courses. To be in position in those three tournaments and to get the wins was really a nice step for this team.”

The ability to go low has been a staple of Knight’s teams over the past 25 years.

UNLV set an NCAA Championship record of 34 under en route to a national title in 1998. Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech would break the mark with 36 under in 2000.

The Rebels have also qualified for a school-record 23 straight NCAA Regionals.

“You don’t go into a tournament trying to break records,” Knight said. “You just get yourselves in position and if you have a shot at it and if guys are playing well, then you keep trying to make birdies out there.

“And that’s what we ended up doing last fall.”

UNLV opened and capped the fall with tournament victories and added a title at the William H. Tucker Invitational at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.

Five Rebels finished the fall with sub-73 stroke averages, including senior Derek Ernst, who shot an even 70 and notched three top 5s in four events.

“The fall sets you up going into the spring and gives you some momentum,” Knight said. “But again, you have to reload and get back out there and see what you have.”

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Top of the class: UNLV

Best player this fall: Julien Brun, TCU

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Past champions

2007: BYU

2008: Colorado State

2009: TCU

2010: Colorado State

2011: San Diego State

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