No. 12 UNLV wins Wyoming Invite
Rebels’ Penner tallies first outright individual victory
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- No. 12 UNLV shot a 5-under-par 283 in the second round and a 6-under 282 during the final round on Sunday to capture its fourth team title of the season at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.
The Rebels had five individuals finish in the top five, led by Kevin Penner, who captured medalist honors at the event for the second consecutive year. It was the first time that he finished in first place without a tie, and it marked his second win of the season and third of his career.
Penner won the event by one stroke as he finished at 7-under 209 after carding a second-round 3-under 69 and a final-round 1-over 73.
Derek Ernst finished in a three-way tie for second at 6-under 210 after shooting 70 in all three rounds. Blake Biddle was the third Rebel in the top five as he finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 5-under 211 after a second-round even-par 72 and a final-round 5-under 67.
UNLV won the tournament by seven shots at 20-under 844. Texas Tech finished second at 13-under, followed by Auburn at 9-under and Saint Mary's at 3-under. SMU and Texas A&M both tied for fifth at 2-under.
UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama and Carl Jonson finished tied for 17th and 27th, at 1-under and 1-over for the tournament, respectively.
Play was suspended during the second round early Saturday evening because of darkness and resumed Sunday morning. The tournament featured 24 teams and 120 individuals.