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Lobo Men’s Golf Signs Two to 2022 Recruiting Class

by Steve Kirkland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – The New Mexico men’s golf program announced today that two prospective student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend New Mexico next season. Virgilio Paz (Caracas, Venezuela) and Alvaro Portillo (Madrid, Spain) signed their official commitments this week to form the Lobos’ 2022 recruiting class.

“This is a great class for Lobo golf,” said head coach Glen Millican. “Both Alvaro and Virgilio have had great success throughout their careers and will make us a stronger team right away. We are excited to have them choose UNM and look forward to working with them when they arrive next season.”

Virgilio Paz | Caracas, Venezuela | Colegio Jefferson

Ranked No. 330 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking …Top-ranked junior in Venezuela… No. 4ranked amateur in Venezuela … 2019 South American Pre-Junior Championship individual medalist … 2019 winner of the Abierto Sambil Juvenil … Won the 2020 match play title at the Campeonato Nacional Amateur.

Paz on UNM: “I chose UNM for its outstanding golf team and the supportive coaches. That combination is certainly a win-win.”

Alvaro Portillo | Madrid, Spain | CAR de Madrid

Member of the Spanish national team since 2018 … 2018 Evian Championship individual silver medal while helping Spain win a team bronze … helped Spain finish 5th at the 2021 European Team Championship … 2018 Spanish U-14 Champion … 2019 Spanish U-16 fourth place … 2021 Spanish U-19 third place.

Portillo on UNM: “I chose New Mexico because it is one of the best golf universities. They have great sports facilities, good academics and above all, I have confidence having Coach Millican and Coach Morantes by my side.”