Sept. 20, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The UNLV men's golf team shot a final-round 5-over-par 293 on Sunday to finish in third place at the 41st Annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, which was played at the Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course (par 72, 7,301 yards).
The Rebels finished with a 54-hole total of 4-under 860, five shots back of team champion Colorado State, which finished the tournament at 9-under 855 after a final-round 5-under 283. Utah was the only other team to finish under par as the Utes claimed second place at 7-under 857 after a final-round 5-over 293. Washington and Wyoming both tied for fourth place at 1-over.
Northern Colorado's Steve Bidne held on for individual medalist honors with a final-round 3-under 69, winning the tournament by four shots, finishing at 10-under 206. Washington State's Austin Hurt finished second at 6-under 210 after shooting 69 on Sunday.
UNLV's best finisher was sophomore Derek Ernst who tied for seventh place at 3-under 213 after a final-round even-par 72. Sophomore Colby Smith and freshman Kevin Penner both tied for 25th at 2-over 218. Smith shot 2-under 70 during the final round, while Penner turned in a 3-over 75. Senior Brett Kanda finished tied for 29th at 3-over 219 after a final-round 9-over 81. Junior Jeremiah Wooding was the final Rebel player and he tied for 56th at 8-over 224 after a final-round 4-over 76.
UNLV will be back in action on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 27-28, at the PING/Golfweek Invitational. The tournament will be played at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.