May 21, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of New Mexico men's golf team advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance with a second place finish at the NCAA West Regional. The Lobos shot the best round of the day, with only four players as they carded a 1-over par 281 on the par-70, 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course. UNM finished the tournament at 9-over par (284-284-281=849) just three strokes behind tournament champion UNLV (281-277-288=846).
Individually the Lobos were led in the final round by junior Spencer Levin who moved up the leaderboard into the top-10 with a 3-under par 67 and finished at even par (72-71-67=210). Senior Madalitso Muthiya also finished in the top-10 at even par (69-71-70=210). Other UNM results were senior Miguel Griego finished at 3-over par (70-70-73=213), junior Jay Choi finished at 6-over par (73-72-71=216) and Charlie Beljan withdrew due to injury.
The individual championship went to Rob Grube of Stanford who shot a great final round of 5-under par 65 to finish at 6-under par three-strokes in front of Kevin Chappell of UCLA and Nathan Lashley of Arizona.
Few teams are still on the course but none of them are in the top-10 and the teams would have to shoot under par to move into the top-10. For final individual places go to www.golfstat.com.
The top-10 teams from the three regionals advance to the NCAA Championships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. (right outside Baltimore) on June 1-4. For more information on the NCAA Championships visit www.ncaasports.com and for full results of all three NCAA Regionals visit www.golfstat.com.