(Updated 1:05 p.m. 11/22)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 14th-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team has signed a pair of student-athletes for the 2014-15 season to help continue the program’s success on a national scale.
Coach Glen Millican has announced that Isaac Alderete, a hometown product out of Sandia Prep School, and Gustavo Morantes, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, have signed national letters of intent to attend UNM next fall.
“I am anxious to watch our 2014 class develop into a pair of great Lobos together,” Millican said. “Both are big-time kids from awesome families.”
Alderete is a two-time All-State performer for Sandia Prep and coach John Conner. Alderete has competed for the Sundevils’ boys golf team for five years, starting when he was an eighth-grader. He finished tied for second at the 2010 New Mexico Class 1A-3A state championships with a 14-over 158 as an eighth-grader.
He was the 2012 USGA Junior Amateur local sectional medalist and 2012 Junior PGA local sectional medalist. Alderete was the 2012 Sun Country Golf Association PGA Section State Junior champion and had top-10 finishes in the 2012 and 2013 Men's City of Albuquerque Golf Championship (also finishing as the low junior medalist in 2013).
Alderete is a four-time Albuquerque Country Club Junior champion.
“We are very excited to have Isaac join Lobo Golf,” Millican said. “Isaac is a great student coming in with excellent fundamentals and ability. He has had great success in New Mexico along with plenty of experience nationally. His play has been impressive as a junior and he has all the tools to play great for us in college as well. His work ethic and character will fit in very well with our current team, giving him opportunities to provide a positive impact early on and become a leader on and off the course as an upperclassman. I am very happy that he has made the decision to stay in Albuquerque and become a Lobo.”
Morantes is the 2013 Venezuelan Amateur champion and a 2012 and 2013 South American Junior Team Champion. He represented Venezuela in the Toyota Junior World Championship in 2012 and Copa de las Americas in 2013.
He has been ranked in the top 400 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and has four wins and five runner-up finishes in WAGR amateur events since 2011.
“Gustavo comes to us with a wide variety of experience all over the world. His time with the Venezuelan National Team has allowed him to compete against the best amateurs from many countries,” Millican said. “That experience, combined with several junior events in the U.S., has provided him a solid background to make the transition to college golf over here. As (current Lobos) Victor (Perez) and Gavin (Green) have, Gustavo will bring a new perspective to our program. I anticipate us learning as much from him as he does from us.”