In Dallas, Texas, the 18th-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team made an early charge in the final round of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate but could not sustain its momentum on the back nine and finished fourth in the 12-team event.
The Lobos shot a final-round 2-under 353 to finish the tournament at 16-under 1,049 (354-342-353), 20 strokes behind the winner and third-ranked Oklahoma State (340-349-340=1,029), which finished at 36 under.
No. 11 Stanford was second at 20-under 1,045 (349-346-350), followed by host and No. 19 Baylor (345-353-350) at 17-under 1,048. The event at the par-71 Royal Oaks Country Club featured six-player teams with the top five players’ scores counting toward that team’s score each round.
UNM was 7-under through the front nine but cooled off to a 5-over on the back nine. The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate was UNM’s last event of the fall.
“This tournament was a good finish to the fall for us,” coach Glen Millican said. “I’m proud of the guys for bouncing back from a tough tournament in Florida. All six of our guys contributed significantly, and all played very well to head into the offseason.”
Junior Victor Perez continued his recent hot streak, finishing at the top Lobo at 8-under 205 for a fifth-place tie (67-69-69=205). He was three strokes behind individual medalist Kevin Dougherty (63-68-71-202, 11 under) of Oklahoma State. Dougherty’s teammate, Wyndham (66-72-65=203) and SMU’s Austin Smotherman (67-68-68=203) tied for second at 10 under.
Perez tied for the team best at last week’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at 1 over and has shot 11 under par over his last seven rounds of golf. As a team, UNM finished 12th among the 15 teams at the Isleworth.
True freshman Andre Bevins (70-66-71) finished in a tie for 10th place at 6-under 207 after shooting an even-par 71 during Tuesday’s final round.
Junior Gavin Green tied for 15th at 4-under 209 (71-69-69). Fellow junior Sam Saunders finished tied for 22nd with a 2-under 211 (73-67-71).
Junior Sean Romero (74-71-73) tied for 49th, and sophomore Joe Abella tied for 59th in the field of 72 after posting a 7-over 220.
“This team has good depth and tremendous fight,” Millican said. “I’m excited to see what we can do in the spring.”
The Lobos return to action on Jan. 27 at the Arizona Intercollegiate.