April 4, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico junior Travis Ross has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for March.
Ross, a Crookston, Minn., native, put together back-to-back top-5 finishes at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and the National Invitational Tournament. He concluded the month by winning all four of his matches as the No. 2-player for New Mexico at the Calloway Collegiate Match Play Championships, en route to the Lobos' team championship.
"It's just great," Ross said. "I'm just glad to be playing well... My short game is back to where I want it and I'm getting up and down and making putts. I'm not giving strokes back. If you don't give strokes back and you keep it in play, you can compete."
"Travis has done a great job," coach Glen Millican said. "It's nice to see him reap the benefits of his hard work. To play in three events and get beat by only seven guys is just awesome -- especially with those three fields."
Ross opened the month with a career-best fourth place finish, out of 79 golfers, at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 12-14. The field included 11 of the top 20 teams in the country. He carded a 5-over 221 (75-73-73) in windy conditions on the par 72, 7,510-yard course and led the field with 12 birdies.
In his second tournament of the month at the National Invitational in Tucson on March 17-18, Ross carded a carded a 1-under-par 215 (69-75-71) on the par 72, 7,200-yard Catalina Course to finish in a seven-way tie for fifth place.
At the Calloway Match Play Championship held March 21-23 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana Ariz., Ross captured four victories and helped the Lobos, who were ranked 52nd nationally and seeded 15th in the 16-team field, to claim the team championship.
New Mexico opened match play by knocking off second-seeded and sixth-ranked Washington in the opening round. Ross, ranked No. 151 at the time, dispatched of 31st-ranked Richard Lee, 2-up. He clinched the Lobos' second-round win over No. 26 and 10th-seeded San Diego on the final hole of his match with Kenneth McCready. Ross beat McCready 1-up, winning the final two holes to erase a one-hole deficit with two to play. In the third round, Ross helped UNM get by defending NCAA champion, 4th-ranked and third-seeded Texas A&M with a victory over then-45th ranked Cameron Peck, 2 and 1.
Ross concluded the event by topping 71st-ranked Steve Lim of USC, 5 and 4, in the championship match. The 12th-ranked Trojans entered the match play as the No. 8 seed.
This marks the first career MWC Golfer of the Month award for Ross.