If the start to Gavin Green’s summer is any indication of how he’ll play his senior year, the University of New Mexico men’s golf team should have a pretty good 2014-15 season.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Lobos’ top player became the first amateur ever to win on the Asian Development Tour – and in dominating fashion – with an 11-stroke victory at the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship.
According to thesportscampus.com, Green received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the ADT event, and his two-pair was the strongest hand of the field: 67-64-67-64 for a 26-under 262. He had a commanding six-stroke lead after two rounds and never looked back.
“This win means a lot to me,” the 20-year-old Green said. “It shows that I can compete with the professionals out there. I’m planning to play in a few more amateur events before going back to school in August. Hopefully, I can continue to stay consistent with my game.”
The victory would have been worth $13,597 to Green, an amateur winning his first professional event. He led by nine strokes heading into the final round.
“I didn’t make any mistakes today,” he said, as reported by thesportscampus.com. “I played solid throughout. I stayed patient and gave myself chances. I was feeling pretty confident going into the final round, but I thought I should still keep my game up. I didn’t feel more relaxed today. I tried not to think about winning and just focused on my game out there.”
Green’s countryman, Airil Rizman Zahari, finished second at 15-under 273 but praised Green for his performance.
“Gavin was really impressive,” Zahari said. “I think he has the great potential of becoming a successful golfer. I won’t be surprised if he becomes the next top golfer in Malaysia. It’s always good to see young and talented players coming up in the local scene.
Because of Green’s amateur status, Zahari took home the $13,000-plus winner’s prize.