ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 59th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament turned into a duel between University of New Mexico junior Gavin Green and true freshman Andrej Bevins.
And that meant a clean sweep for the Lobos.
Green and Bevins officially tied for individual medalist honors with a 5-under 211, and the Lobos turned an 11-stroke, second-round deficit into an 18-stroke victory as they won the Tucker for the second straight year with a 1-under 863.
Green also captured medalist honors in 2012 when he drained a 30-foot birdie putt on hole No. 18. Saturday, he won a playoff on the first hole for the unofficial title and the medalist trophy.
The Lobos came into Saturday’s final 18 holes at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course trailing Arizona State by 11 strokes. But Green, Bevins and junior Victor Perez combined to go 11 under par to help the Lobos finish with a 7-under 81 on Saturday.
None of the Sun Devils shot better than a 5-over 77 and had a 22-over 310 in the final round. Second-round co-leader Jon Rahm shot a 7-over 79.
The win was the second in three fall tournaments for the Lobos this season. They also won the season-opening Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn. It was Green’s second career win and Bevins’ first. UNM won for the 24th time under 13th-year coach Glen Millican.
Arizona State was at 4 under par after the first two rounds in tough weather conditions on Friday. But the Lobos were the ones on fire on a cool Saturday morning.
Green (73-70-68=211) and Perez tied for the low round with a 4-under 68. Perez (76-74-68=218) finished in a tie for seventh at 2-over 218. Bevins (67-75-69=211), who was the first-round leader, shot a 3-under 69 to force a playoff with Green.
TCU’s Julien Brun, who was tied with Rahm for the second-round lead at 4-under, shot a 4-over 76 to finish third overall at even par 216. Rahm tied for ninth at 3-over 219.
USC (291-302-294=887, 23 over) edged UNLV285-308-295=888) for third place by a stroke. Brigham Young (295-296-303=894) was fifth at 30 over.
The Lobos also earned 1.5 points in the Rio Grande Rivalry with New Mexico State by finishing better than the Aggies. NMSU (301-315-304=920) was 11th in the 17-team field at 56 over.