New Mexico Closes Season At NCAA Regional
Courtesy of New Mexico Athletics
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men's golf team's season has come to a close after finishing tied for seventh place with Texas Tech at 43-over. The 39th ranked squad closed out the season with a 14-over 302 to finish with a tournament total of 907 (294-311-302). UNM missed making it into a three way tie for fifth by three strokes, failing to join the eventual playoff between San Diego State and Texas A&M.
"We got off to an OK start, 10-13 is a pretty hard stretch, but everybody was still in it then. We got in pretty good position through number four, everybody got through there nicely." said UNM Head Coach Glen Millican.
That start was helped along by Andre Garcia who led the Lobos on the day carding a 2-over 74 that included an eagle on the par-5 1st. Garcia was fourth in the field in par-3 scoring carrying a 3.25, along with a 4.83 average on par-5's. In addition, Garcia was tied for the most eagles in the field, eventually finishing T43 overall at 17-over 233 (82-77-74).
Gustavo Morantes was able to piece together a 3-over performance today, his round included consecutive birdies on 17 and 18. Morantes was able to tie for second in tournament par-5 scoring with a 4.50 scoring average, and card eight birdies on the week.
Andrej Bevins was able to follow up his winning performance at this year's William H. Tucker, securing another Top-15 finish at 9-over 225 (72-77-76). Bevins was the second best par-5 scorer for the Lobos, carrying an average of 4.58, while ranking fifth in par-3 scoring at 3.33.
Millican continued noting that the team "did what we needed to do through two-thirds of the round." Referring to the recovery birdies on the Championships scoring stretch. "Because we got off to an OK start and then we made some birdies in the middle of the round on some of the scoring holes. But we either needed to play holes 5-8 perfect or we needed to make birdies on nine and we didn't do either one. We made a couple bogeys on both seven and eight and only had one birdie on nine."
Samuel Kim finished the day at 5-over, his day included a lone birdies on the par-5 18th. Statistically speaking Kim was able to piece together solid par-3 and par-5 scoring averages at 3.25 and 4.75 respectively. Both of those marks placed Kim inside the top five field averages. Kim finished the tournament in a tie for 37th at 15-over 231 (73-81-77).
Sean Carlon finished up his freshman season with a 6-over par 78, and in a tie for 49th overall. His scoring averages included 3.50, 4.40 and 5.08.
"Overall in the tournament we just didn't play well enough, we had a good round going Monday and let it slip at the end, and didn't handle the conditions as well as we could have yesterday, so those two things dug us a hole today where we had to play a really good round of golf. Everything didn't have to be perfect, but we couldn't handle too many mistakes. We either had to get off to an unbelievable start or have an unbelievable finish and we just had an OK start and an Ok finish." concluded Millican.
Statistically UNM was able to best the field in par-5 scoring, carrying an average of 4.75 and tallied the second most eagles in the field. Along with 35 total birdies, good for fourth most in the tournament, UNM's solid stats gave the Lobos a chance, but the young squad was unable to properly capitalize.
The Sun Devils of Arizona State earned the crown in this year's Albuquerque NCAA Regional at 12-over 876 (286-296-294). Four players donning the maroon and gold finished inside the Top-20, helping to secure the 12-stroke victory.