New Mexico Captures Second Straight MW Men's Golf Championship

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TUCSON, Ariz. – New Mexico shot a 6-over-par 846 and held off a charge from San Diego State and UNLV to win the 2014 Mountain West Men’s Golf Championship by three strokes on Sunday at Omni Tucson National. The 23rd-ranked Lobos fired a 2-over 286 today on the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course. New Mexico won the Mountain West title for the second straight year and fifth time overall.

No. 37 San Diego State finished second with a 3-under 849, including a 4-under 280 in today’s third round. No. 29 UNLV placed third at 1-under 851 and carded the lowest team score of the tournament today at 8-under 276. Air Force was fourth for the second consecutive year after posting a 9-over 861, including a 5-under 279 in the final round.

New Mexico junior Gavin Green (70-69-70) and San Diego State sophomore Riccardo Michelini (68-71-70) completed the 54-hole tournament with identical scores of 4-under 209. Michelini bogeyed the first playoff hole (18), while Green made par to win the individual title. Green is the fourth New Mexico golfer to garner medalist honors, joining Michael Letzig in 2003, Jay Choi in 2006 and Steve Saunders in 2009.

UNLV junior Carl Jonson finished third at 3-under 210 (66-76-68). Jonson was in the hunt to join the individual playoff, but narrowly missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. He was one of two players to shoot a tournament-low 66 this week. Jonson’s 66 came in the first round, while San Diego State junior Xander Schauffele (71-75-66) fired a 66 in today’s third round and finished tied for fifth with New Mexico junior Victor Perez (70-69-73) at 1-under 212. Air Force senior Kyle Westmoreland rounded out the top-5 in fourth place with a 54-hole total of 2-under 211 (70-70-71).

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