Player: Shintaro Ban
University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
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Soldier Honored: Matthew W. Bancroft
UNLV: In his third year with the Rebels ... Has played in 58 rounds for UNLV with a career scoring average of 73.04 (17th in program history) ... Has recorded nine top-20 finishes, five top-10s and two top-5s, with 21 rounds at par or better ... Won the 2016 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate for his first collegiate individual victory.
2015-16: Earned PING All-West Region honors ... Was named a member of the All-Mountain West squad ... Also earned the Academic All-Mountain West award for the second straight year ... Was named the MW Golfer of the Week on April 19 and Outstanding Rebel of the Week, which goes to the student-athlete at UNLV who turned in the best individual performance among all sports, on April 13 ... Won the California Amateur Championship ... Made history at the more than 100-year-old event as it marked the first time a pair of brothers have won it (Shotaro, who played at Cal, won the 2015 title) ... Also won the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, joining a list of only 10 players over the span of a century who have ever won both tournaments in the same year ... Named the NCGA Player of the Year ... Played in 12 tournaments for the Rebels, totalling 34 rounds ... Ranked third on the team in scoring average with 72.65 ... Had six top-20 finishes, five top-10s and two top-5s, while recording 15 rounds at par or better ... Earned individual medalist honors for the first time in his career at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... His low round for the year was a 68, twice during the LMU Invitational ... Shot in the 60s on three other occasions.
2014-15: Named to the Academic All-Mountain West team ... Played in eight tournaments, totaling 24 rounds ... Recorded three top-20 finishes with six rounds at par or better ... Had two rounds in the 60s with his low round of the year being 69 in the third round of the Jackrabbit Invitational and second round of The Goodwin ... His best finish was a tie for 13th at the Mountain West Championship ... He also tied for 14th at the Jackrabbit and 20th at the Robert Kepler Invitational ... Had a scoring average of 73.58 ... In the summer of 2015, tied for 10th at the California State Amateur (lost in round of 16) ... Tied for seventh at the Sahalee Players Championship and tied for eighth at the Pacific Northwest Amateur, losing in the finals ... Also tied for 25th, losing in the semifinals at the NCGA Matchplay Championship.