UNLV Captures Team Title at 2016 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 29 UNLV entered the day two strokes back of team leader New Mexico and used a 9-under-par 279 in today's third round to win the 2016 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship. The Rebels, who had four golfers finish in the top-15, posted a 54-hole total of 18-under 846 on the par 72, 7,194-yard Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Arizona. UNLV, who had finished in second or third place in each of the last seven MW tournaments, recorded the lowest team score in both the second and third rounds en route to its first MW men's golf championship since 2002. No. 37 New Mexico fired a third-round total of 4-under 284 and finished in second place with an overall score of 15-under 849.
First-round team leader Fresno State came in third with a 5-under 859, its best finish at the Mountain West Men's Golf Championship since joining the league in 2013. San Diego State and Colorado State tied for fourth at 4-under 860. Wyoming posted the second-lowest team score of the day at 7-under 281 and had a 54-hole total of 3-under 861 to finish sixth. The Cowboys finished under par for the first time in MW championship history and had their best Conference placing since 2005 when they also placed sixth. Nevada shot a 2-over 866 to come in seventh, followed by San José State in eighth (869), Boise State in ninth (872), Air Force in 10th (878) and Utah State in 11th (882).
Fresno State junior Trevor Clayton (66-72-69) shot a 3-under 69 today and won the individual title with a 54-hole score of 9-under 207. Clayton began the day in a tie for third place with New Mexico freshman Sam Kim, and just two shots back of the individual leader Corey Eddings (So.) of Nevada. Clayton used his tournament-leading 19 birdies, including seven in the first 11 holes of the final round, to help him captured the first medalist honors of his collegiate career and the Bulldogs' first since joining the MW.
Eddings, who held the individual lead through the first two rounds, finished second with 7-under 209. Kim of New Mexico, San Diego State junior Nahum Mendoza III, and UNLV senior Zane Thomas all tied for third place with identical scores of 6-under 210.
The 2016 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship set a new record with 15 eagles over the 54-hole event, surpassing the old mark of 13 set in 2010.
Complete results are available at TheMW.com or GolfStat.com.