Published Sunday, March 15, 2009 | 11:30 p.m.
Updated Monday, March 16, 2009 | 12:28 p.m.
The UNLV men's golf team erased a 12-shot deficit in the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship on Sunday and held off Oklahoma State by a single stroke to win its own tourney for the second straight year with a 54-hole total of 9-under par 855.
Led by Brett Kanda and Eddie Olson’s fourth and fifth-place finishes, the Rebels captured their second victory this year (UNLV won the William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., in September) and fourth Southern Highlands title in the last five years from a field that included six of the top-10 teams in the country and 11 of the top 25.
No. 10 Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale won individual honors with an 11-under 205, holding off USC's Matthew Giles and Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffman, who each shot 210.
UNLV’s Colby Smith and Jeremiah Wooding tied for ninth at 1-over par, while Derek Ernst tied for 14th and Ji Moon tied for 19th.
The Rebels will be back in action on March 22, when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament.