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Lobos Open Spring with Runner-Up Finish at Arizona Intercollegiate

by Steve Kirkland

TUCSON, Ariz. –– The New Mexico men’s golf team began its spring schedule with a runner-up finish at the Arizona Intercollegiate, held at the Tucson Country Club. The Lobos shot 34-under over the three rounds to finish one shot behind host Arizona and five shots ahead of No. 5 Arkansas.

It was the third top-two finish for the Lobos in five events this season. In the fall, New Mexico won the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno and was runner-up when it hosted the William H Tucker Intercollegiate.

“This was a great event for us,” said head coach Glen Millican. “Having all six Lobos shoot even or better is impressive. To have three players in the top 10 is awesome and to play this well is a great way to start the spring season for our team.”

Sam Choi led the Lobos on the individual leaderboard with a runner-up finish at 13-under, posting rounds of 69-68-66. He was one shot ahead teammate Brandon Shong, who T-3rd at 12-under with rounds of 68-67-69. Carson Herron was under par all three rounds, shooting 70-71-71 to finish T-21st at 4-under. Bastien Amat had a strong finish on Tuesday with a final round 67 to finish T-31st at 1-under, while Matthew Watkins rounded out the lineup at even par, T-34th place. Ignacio Arcaya, playing as an individual, finished T-6th at 9-under with rounds of 67-70-70.

The Lobos return to action Feb. 19-21 with the John Burns Intercollegiate, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.