UNM Grad Estrada Wins Amateur Event in Playoff

July 16, 2012

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In Las Cruces, New Mexico, University of New Mexico graduate Alex Estrada defeated Texas El-Paso golfer Devin Miertschin on the fourth sudden-death playoff hole Sunday to capture the three day New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championships.

Estrada, a Belen native who completed his eligibility with UNM in May, shot a 1-over 217 during the 49-player Sun Country Amateur Golf Association event that is considered the premier amateur golf tournament in New Mexico.

Estrada trailed Miertschin by one stroke entering the final round, as well as the final hole. Miertschin three-putted No. 18 to send the tournament into sudden death. The two made par on the first two holes and bogeyed the third.

Estrada made par on the fourth hole on the strength of a solid drive. Miertschin was in trouble the entire hole and settled for another bogey.

The two were three strokes better than Patrick Beyhan of Albuquerque and Chris Figueroa of El Paso, both of whom finished at 4-over 220.

Estrada competed in six events for UNM in 2011-12, winning the Mustang Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course with a 6-over 222. He told the Las Cruces Sun-News he intends to turn pro in September when he competes in the New Mexico Open.