Lobos Open Play Monday at NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –– The New Mexico men’s golf team will begin play Monday in the NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional as it looks to advance to the NCAA Championships. The tournament will be held May 16-18 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home course of the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour.
Play will consist of one round each day, Monday-Wednesday. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.
The 14 teams competing in the Palm Beach Gardens Regional are Vanderbilt, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Purdue, New Mexico, South Florida, Little Rock, Charleston, Indiana, San Diego, Davidson, Loyola (Md.) and Charleston Southern. The top five teams at the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, held May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The top individual (not on advancing teams) will also advance to the NCAA Championships.
The Lobos are making their 30th NCAA Regional appearance since the format was adopted in 1989, having advanced to the NCAA Championships 18 times. UNM finished seventh last year while hosting the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. New Mexico last advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2017, their 42nd overall NCAA Championship appearance.
New Mexico’s lineup consists of Sam Choi, Bastien Amat, Brandon Shong, Carson Herron and Matthew Watkins. Connor Adams is the alternate for the Lobos.
PGA National has been home to the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour since 2007. UNM Alumnus Tim Herron, father of current Lobo freshman Carson Herron, earned his first of four career PGA Tour wins in 1996 at the Honda Classic, when it was played at nearby TPC Eagle Trace. Winners of the event at PGA National include Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas.