New Mexico Leads After First Round of MW Men's Golf Championship

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TUCSON, Ariz. –Defending champion and 23rd-ranked New Mexico holds the first-round lead at the 2014 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship, opening with a 5-under-par 279 on the par 71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. 29th-ranked UNLV sits one stroke behind the Lobos at 4-under 280, followed by 37th-ranked San Diego State in third, two shots back after firing a 3-under 281. Air Force is currently fourth at 3-over 287, while Wyoming is fifth at 6-over 290. Colorado State and San José State are tied for sixth at 8-over 292, followed by Boise State (9-over 293), Nevada (12-over 296), Utah State (14-over 298) and Fresno State (23-over 307).

Individually, UNLV junior Carl Jonson leads the field after carding a 5-under-par 66. Jonson led all golfers with eight birdies in round one. San Diego State sophomore Riccardo Michelini played bogey-free golf and recorded three birdies to sit two strokes back of Jonson at 3-under 68. Wyoming sophomore Kamrin Allen and New Mexico freshman Andrei Bevins are tied for third at 2-under 69. Bevins collected five birdies in round one, while Kamrin had two birdies and was one of three individuals to record an eagle through the first 18 holes. He tapped-in on the par 5, 610-yard 15th hole. New Mexico teammates Gavin Green (15th) and Sean Romero (10th) also notched eagles on day 1. Six players are tied for fifth place at 1-under 70.

Second round action begins at 7 a.m. PT Saturday morning, followed by the final 18 holes Sunday at 7 a.m. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com or on the men's golf championship page at TheMW.com.