UNM's Green Nabs Eighth Tourney Crown With Tie at Hootie

 

AWENDAW, S.C. - Lobo Coach Glen Millican pretty much got what he wished for on the final 18 holes at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. Maybe he should have wished for more!

 

Millican said on Monday that he was hoping to get a couple of 68s on the New Mexico scorecards for Tuesday's final round of the Hootie Intercollegiate. Millican got a 66 from Gavin Green and a 69 from Andrej Bevins.

 

Green tied for individual honors with South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith and Coastal Carolina's Andrew Dorn. It was Green's eighth win as a Lobo and his third win this season.

 

The Lobos also counted 71s from both Sam Saunders and Sean Romero. That's pretty good golf.

 

The problem was South Carolina was playing great golf and had three golfers in the 60s (68, 67, 66) and used a final card of 70 to roar to an 11-shot win on South Carolina's home course

 

"We played really good golf," said Lobo Coach Glen Millican."But South Carolina played a great round of golf and they are difficult to catch at home. We did a lot of good things and beat a lot of great teams.

 

"Hats off to South Carolina. They played awesome today (Tuesday), but it was a good tournament for us to finish second to the home team."

 

It was no surprise that South Carolina won. The Gamecocks carried a No. 5 ranking into their event and were playing on their home track. The Lobos finished second despite having the highest final 18-hole team card of the top four teams.

 

South Carolina shot 271, UNM shot 277, GRU Augusta finished third with a final-round card of 275 and Virginia was fourth with a 274. The Lobos beat GRU Augusta by two shots and beat Virginia by three shots. The Lobos beat GRU Augusta by four shots on the first round - 284 to 288 - which eventually proved to be the Lobos edge in grabbing runner-up honors.

 

Green, Dorn and NeSmith officially tied for individual honors, but the trio went into a playoff to see which golfer would leave with the individual trophy. NeSmith beat Green on the third extra hole with a par against Green's bogey.

 

"It's his eighth win at UNM and his third win of the season," said Millican."He got off to a great start, but he knew he had to birdie two of the last three holes in order to get into a tie for the lead and he did it. He hit two great iron shots into the greens and then made two putts.

 

"It was a clutch finish for him."

 

Green worked himself into a share of individual honors with birdies on No. 16 and No. 18. The Bulls Bay course was generous on Tuesday as 13 of the 14 top finishers all shot in the 60s and the lone miss shot a 70. The average score in the event on Monday was 74.23 and Tuesday's final-round average was 71.72.

 

The Lobos were hurt in the tournament on the par-3s where they were 15-over-par. The Lobos had the best cards in the field on the par-4s at 6-under and led the tournament in birdies (61) and eagles (3).

 

The Lobos will travel directly from South Carolina to Georgia to play in the 3M Augusta Invitational April 4-5.