San Diego State Claims 2015 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 33 San Diego State entered the final round 11 shots back of leader and 32nd-ranked UNLV and used a 9-under 275 today to capture the 2015 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship. The Aztecs carded a 54-hole total of 17-under 835 (280-280-275), one stroke off the MW tournament record, to earn their first Conference crown since 2012 and third in the last five years. SDSU senior Xander Schauffele helped the Aztecs clinch the title with a sand save on his 54th and final hole.
UNLV came in second place with a three-round total of 16-under 836, followed by Nevada in third at 10-under 842 and New Mexico in fourth at 9-under 843. Colorado State (13-over 865) came in fifth, followed by Boise State (20-over 872), San José State (22-over 874), Wyoming (29-over 881), Utah State (32-over 884), Air Force (34-over 886) and Fresno State (37-over 889).
UNLV senior Kurt Kitayama started with day with a five-shot lead, which he never surrendered, en route to winning medalist honors. He carded an even-par 72 in the third round and set a new MW tournament record with his 54-hole total of 11-under 202 (65-65-72), breaking the previous mark of 204 held by Johan de Beer of TCU (2009) and Steve Saunders of New Mexico (2009). Kitayama becomes the second Rebel in three years (Kevin Penner in 2013) and sixth overall to claim the Conference's individual crown.
San Diego State's Schauffele took home second-place with a final score of 9-under 204 (67-70-67) and Nevada sophomore Nick Fuller was third with a 7-under 206 (70-67-69).
UNLV junior Carl Jonson led all golfers with 15 birdies throughout the tournament. San Diego State junior Ryann Ree was close behind with 14. Eight participants overall collected an eagle over the 54-hole tournament.