Lobo Golfer Green Repeats As All-America Champ

 

In El Paso, Texas, Gavin Green is getting accustomed to these back-to-back titles.

Two month after becoming the first player ever to win three William H. Tucker Intercollegiate championships, the University of New Mexico senior golfer now has become just the second golfer to win back-to-back Sun Bowl Western Refining Collegiate All-America Golf Classic tournaments.

Green shot a 5-under 66 during Sunday’s final round at the El Paso Country Club to run away with the All-America, turning in a 14-under 199 (71-62-66) for a seven-stroke victory over UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick (67-71-68) and USC’s Rico Hoey (69-66-71), who finished at 7-under 206.

The tournament matches the returning collegians named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-America team. Gavin was a second-team selection last season after earning a third-team selection in 2013.

“I don’t think it’s kicked in yet, but I know it will pretty soon," Green said, according to Golfweek.com. "Winning it once is unbelievable especially with all of the names that have won and winning it twice and in a row – I have nothing to say. It’s just unbelievable."

Green joins Clemson’s Chris Patton (1988-89) as the only two-time winners at the Western Refining event.

Green bogeyed his first hole Sunday before birdieing his next two and Hovey got to 3-under during his first four holes to tie Green after four holes. But Hoey played his next four holes at 4 over par, Green birdied the ninth hole and the runaway was on.

The victory added to Green’s UNM record of individual titles to seven. He passed Tim Herron for first place by himself with his win at the Tucker at the UNM Championship Course on Sept. 26-27.

The Lobos will return to action as a team at the Arizona Intercollegiate from Jan. 26-27 in Tucson.