Penner making senior season count
Men’s golfer wins in fall tournament in Texas by one shot
With so much attention being paid to the much-maligned football team and the ever-exciting Runnin’ Rebels, performances like senior men’s golfer Kevin Penner’s have flown under the radar.
Penner won the 2012 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club by one stroke after shooting 3-under-par 68 in the final round.
“I just played my own game,” Penner said. “I didn’t worry about my opponent. I trusted with what I wanted to do with my game plan and stuck with it.”
Penner’s win marked the first wire-to-wire victory at the tournament since 2006. [flickr id="8229589500" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="large" group="" align="right"]
“I was very excited after winning,” Penner said. “It hit me pretty good after because I worked so hard to do so well.”
Penner practices about five times every week. Becoming a more consistent golfer and working on his short game have propelled him to the next level in his collegiate career. After the conclusion of his college career at UNLV, Penner said that he wants to follow in the footsteps of former UNLV golfers Adam Scott and Ryan Moore and play in the PGA Tour within two years.
Penner works out with Moore regularly to try and perfect his short game.
The men’s golf team plays its first tournament of the Spring semester in Hawaii on Feb. 20.
“I’m excited to have the best senior year and I want to finish it off right,” Penner said. “I am excited for my future, though, and [I’m] looking forward [to it].”