New Mexico, UNLV Advance to Match Play at NCAA Men's Golf Championship

May 30, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. - New Mexico and UNLV advanced to match play Thursday at the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, being held on the par 70, 7,319-yard Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.

The Lobos and Rebels finished in a four-way tie for sixth place with Arizona State and Texas A&M in the stroke play portion of the event, forcing a playoff for the three remaining spots in the eight-team match play field. New Mexico, UNLV, and Arizona State advanced with even par on the first playoff hole, while Texas A&M was +1. The MW is one of two conferences (Pac 12) with two squads in the match play field.

This marks the first time in Mountain West history two teams have advanced to match play at the NCAA Championship. Last year, San Diego State lost to California in the quarterfinals after becoming the first MW team to advance to match play since the current format was established in 2009.

Defending MW champion New Mexico entered Thursday's round tied for 15th place, but shot a 4-under 276 to finish with a 54-hole total of 2-over 842 (292-274-276). UNLV saved its best round for last, matching the third-lowest round by any squad during stroke play with an 8-under 272 on Thursday to give the Rebels their 2-over 842 result (286-284-272).

UNLV's Kevin Penner was the top Mountain West individual performer at the NCAA Championship, finishing in a six-way tie for second place with a 6-under 204 (69-67-68). California's Max Homa took individual honors with a 9-under 201 (70-65-66).

The quarterfinals of match play get underway on Friday. UNLV will square off against host Georgia Tech at 11:30 a.m. ET, while New Mexico faces Alabama at 12:15 p.m. ET. The winners will advance to Saturday's semifinals, and the national title will be determined between the two remaining teams on Sunday.

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Here is a complete breakdown of Friday's match play quarterfinals:

No. 1 California vs. No. 8 Arizona State, 10 a.m. ET
No. 4 Texas vs. No. 5 Illinois, 10:45 a.m. ET
No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 UNLV, 11:30 a.m. ET
No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 6 NEW MEXICO, 12:15 p.m. ET