May 1, 2004
SUNRIVER, ORE. - The University of New Mexico men's golf team captured their second straight Mountain West Conference Championship winning on the first playoff hole over BYU. The Lobos forced the playoff coming back from a 3-stroke deficit with a final round of 286 on the par-72, 7,568 yard Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort to finish the 54-holes at 3-over par (295-286-286=867). BYU (292-286-289=867), who entered the final round with a 3-stroke lead, shot a 1-over par 289 to force the playoff. On the first playoff hole UNM edged BYU 17-16 and won their second consecutive MWC Championship.
Individually for the Lobos, freshman Charlie Beljan, sophomore Jay Choi and junior Madalitso Muthiya each shot a final round 71 to lead UNM on the final day. Beljan (71-71-71=213) and Choi (72-70-71=213) finished the tournament tied for fifth at 3-under par 213, while Muthiya (81-76-71=228) finished tied for 27th at 12-over par. Sophomore Spencer Levin (74-71-73=218) shot a final round 73 to finish ninth at 2-over par and junior Jay Reynolds (78-74-76=228) finished tied for 27th at 12-over par.
Medalist honors for the MWC Championships belong to Ryan Moore (70-69-67=206) of UNLV who carded a final round 67 to finish the tournament at 10-under par. Moore edged Nolan Martin of Colorado State and Mark Warman of San Diego State by 3-strokes.
The Lobos next will wait for the NCAA Regional selections on Monday, May 3.