ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --The University of New Mexico men’s golf team capped the 2013-14 season Wednesday by hitting a triple.
Rising seniors Victor Perez, Sean Romero and Sam Saunders all were named Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, according to the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The three honors marks on the second time in the program’s history that three players were named Academic All-America Scholars, joining the 2009 team of Nick Geyer, Steve Saunders (Sam’s brother) and Jon Sauer.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
Perez, who recently qualified for the US Amateur Championship next month in Atlanta, had 72.5 strokes-per-round average. He was a Ping Division I All-West Region selection and is a three-time All-Mountain West selection.
Romero had a 74.3 strokes-per-round average, and Saunders, who is currently competing at the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in Tucson, Ariz., averaged 73.31 strokes per round.
Saunders currently is tied for 33rd among the 80 competitors at 1-over 141 after two rounds. He trails leader Lorens Chan of Honolulu by 11 strokes heading into Thursday’s third round.
Saunders recently won the Albuquerque Men's City Amateur Championship.