Rebels hold 1-shot lead after first round of NCAA West Lafayette Regional

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The No. 17 UNLV men's golf team shot an opening-round 1-under-par 287 on Monday and holds the team and individual leads at the 2017 NCAA West Lafayette Regional, according to a news release.

The Rebels were a shot better than Illinois and New Mexico. South Carolina is fourth at 3-over, while Florida, Auburn and Purdue are all tied for fifth at 4-over. St. Mary’s is eighth at 6-over.

The event is being played at Kampen Golf Course (par 72, 7,411 yards).

Individually, UNLV junior John Oda leads by a shot at 5-under 67 after six birdies and a bogey on Monday. Illinois’ Edoardo Lipparelli and Illinois State’s Trent Wallace are both tied for second at 4-under. There is a two-way tie for fourth at 3-under.

UNLV junior Shintaro Ban is also in the top 10 as he is in sixth place at 2-under.

There are six 54-hole regional tournaments. The West Lafayette Regional consists of 13 teams and 75 individuals.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

This year marks UNLV's 29th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.

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