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Gustavo Morantes

Height

5-11

Class

Fr.

Hometown

Caracas, Venezuela

Previous School

Colegio Integral el Avila School

2017-18 (SENIOR): Competed in six tournaments … Recorded 18 rounds to bring his career rounds played to 45, tied for fourth most in program history … Posted an average of 76.28 … Registered a top finish of 14th (tie) at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 29-30 … Carded two eagles to add to his career total of 18, marking the third most in program history … Shot a low-round score of 72 at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

2016-17 (JUNIOR): Competed in 15 tournaments … Played 39 rounds, tied for the most on the team … Had an average score of 74.76 … Had three eagles on the season, third on the team … Low round of 67 at the Mountain West Championship … Scored par or better 10 times.

2015-16 (SOPHOMORE): Champion of the 2016 National Invitational, posting an 11-under mark of 205 … Three top-5 finishes … Six top-15 finishes … Eight top-25 finishes, a team-high … Finished tied for 15th at the Mountain West Championship at 2-under 214 … Posted a career-low 6-under 66 at the Tucker Intercollegiate … Finished the season with five sub-70 rounds … Competed in all scheduled tournaments in both the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016 … Carried a season stroke average of 72.46, the best on the team … Shot par or better in a team-high 20 rounds … Best 54 hole score was 7-under 137, a feat he managed twice.

2014-15 (FRESHMAN): Finished tied for 42nd at 5-over 221 (73-74-74) at the Arizona Intercollegiate (Coach Glen Millican noted this was just his third week of classes in the U.S.) … Finished 16th at the John Burns Intercollegiate at 3-over 219 (75-72-72) … Finished tied for 25th at four-over 220 (74-74-72) … Tied for 15th at the San Diego Classic with a one-over 217 (71-70-76) … Scored 220 (74-72-74) at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate … Tied for 62nd at the 3M Augusta Invitational with scores of 72-68-74 for a total of 2-under 214 … Finished at 2-under 211 (71-69-71) at the Mountain West Championship … Tied for 36th at 7-over 223 (75-72-76) at the NCAA San Diego Regional … Was ranked No. 318 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings when he enrolled at UNM … Competed in the Pan Am Games representing Venezuela.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Colegio Integral el Avila, which didn’t have a golf team … Played with the Venezuelan Junior National Team and the South African National Team … Was the Venezuelan Amateur Champion in 2012 and 2014 … Finished second in the Abierto de Venezuela PGA Latin American event … Lists his greatest thrill as helping the Venezuelan team win the 2013 Junior World Championship.

PERSONAL: Born June 29 in Caracas, Venezuela … Parents are Trinidad Punceles and Gustavo Morantes … Has two brothers, Carlos and Ricardo … Likes to play ping-pong … Favorite food is pizza … Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods … Favorite TV Series is Prison Break … Nickname is “Goose” … Majoring in Liberal Arts … When asked why he chose UNM, he said that he loved the facilities and liked how the coaches work.