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Sam Saunders
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
High School: La Cueva HS

NEW MEXICO: Returns to the Lobos for his junior season...a two-year scholar-athlete...advanced to the round of 32 at the USGA U.S. Amateur Pacific Coast Public Links tournament in 2012 and 2013.

2013-14 (JUNIOR): Got better as the season went along and became an key player in the team's run to the Mountain West championship ... shot a 3-under 68 on May 5 to win a U.S. Open local qualifier to advance to a second stage of qualifying... also had a 10th-place finish at the MW Championship at 2-over 215 ... turned in the best performance of his UNM career with his fifth-place tie at the Arizona Intercollegiate in January ... tied for eighth at the Lone Star Invitational in March ... competing against a field that included 24 top-50 players at the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters, the Albuquerque product tied for the low score in the final round with a 3-under 69 ... played in 11 events with a 73.31 average strokes per round ... finished in the top 20 five times and the top 10 three times.

2012-13: Did not play on the team, officially constituting as a redshirt year.

2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Captured second place in the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Match Play Championship on June 5 ...Finished as the runner-up to teammate Alex Estrada in the 2011 Albuquerque Men's City Amateur Championship (July 2-4)...defeated Oklahoma State's nationally ranked Talor Gooch 2 and 1 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links round of 64.

2010-11 (FRESHMAN): Participated in seven tournaments with an average score of 76.62 in 21 rounds...Had a top finish tied for 32nd at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Tournament, scoring nine over par...Had a low round of 71 at both the John Burns Intercollegiate and the Mark Simpson Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: 2010 graduate of La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M. ...Won the Class 5A individual state championship in 2009 and was a member of two state championship teams for the Bears and coach Robert Perea...holds the record for the lowest stroke average in school history (71.1)...three-time district champion (2008-10) and third-place finisher at the 2008 state tournament...four-year academic letter winner.

PERSONAL: Born March 15, 1992...full name is Samuel Saunders...son of Dave and Debbie Saunders...brother to Steve Saunders, an All-American golfer for the Lobos ('09)...Uncle Jack Saunders ('89) and Jeff Fulwiler ('77) also golfed for the Lobos...father Dave golfed for New Mexico State...Hobbies include hiking and playing guitar ... Favorite food is burritos...Favorite movie is "Anchorman"...favorite book is "Lone Survivor"...favorite video game is "Call of Duty"...


Season

No.
Tour.

No.
Rounds

Avg.
Score

Vs.
Par

National
Rating

Low
Round

In
60s

Par Or
Better

Finish
Pct.

 
Wins

Best
Finish

2010-11 7 21 76.62 4.76 1112 71 - 3 36.8 0 T32
2011-12 5 14 74.71 2.71  --- 68 1 4 55.9 0 3
2013-14 11 32 73.31 1.59 289 67 5 14 66.1 0 T5
Totals 23 67 74..64 2.82   67 6 21 54.0 - 3
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