May 17, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- Former University of New Mexico men's golfer Spencer Levin notched his second career top-10 finish at a PGA Tour event Sunday afternoon, shooting a 9-under-par 279 at the Valero Texas Open to finish tied for ninth place.
Levin was 4-under in a 36-hole finale at the Texas Open, moving up three spots in the standings from a tie for 12th. He finished five strokes behind eventual champion Adam Scott, who closed the event with a 14-under 274.
Levin shot a 5-under 67 in the first round of the day, coming within one stroke of his best round of the year - a 66 shot at the second round of the Verizon Heritage. His finish at the Texas Open marks the fifth time in 13 PGA Tour events this year Levin's finished in the top 25.
The ninth-place finish earned the 25-year old former Lobo $158,600, which, when added to his $365,511 earned to date this season, totals $524,111 in PGA Tour earnings for Levin since January. He now ranks 78th in tour earnings this season.
His purse from the Texas Open is the largest Levin's earned since turning pro in 2005.
Levin's highest finish on tour came at the U.S. Bank in Milwaukee, where he tied for seventh. His best finish this season was a tie for 14th at the Verizon Heritage this past April 15-18. Levin ranks fifth on tour in Greens-In-Regulation percentage hitting 507 green out of the 720 holes he's played.
Levin played at New Mexico from 2004-05, being named second-team All-American in 2004 and first team in 2005. He was named to the MWC All-Conference team both years as well, posting a 70.20 stroke average over his two seasons. His 69.98 stroke average his senior year is tops in New Mexico history. He's tied for second-most career tournament wins in Lobo history with four and holds the school record for lowest 54-hole total with a 198.
Levin took part in the 2009 Lobo Day, New Mexico men's golf annual alumni event held at the University of New Mexico Championship course in early November. He presented at a clinic to kick off the event, demonstrating his swing and lending pointers to those in attendance.