UNM takes home Player, Coach of the Year honors
THIS SEASON: Great competitor who hits the ball long off the tee and is the most experienced member of the team...enters the season with a 74.06 career stroke average in 103 rounds of action...string of five consecutive rounds in the 60s between the MWC Championships and the NCAA West Regional in his sophomore year is a school record...tied for medalist honors at the 2007 Morris Williams for his best career showing...recipient of the J.R. and Sue Carriveau Memorial Golf Scholarship.
2007-08 (JUNIOR): Only player on the squad to play in every round...broke 70 in his last two rounds, posting a 6-over 219 (82-68-69) at the MWC Championships...tied for the team lead with nine rounds of par or lower...shot 68 twice...also tied for team high with five top-30 finishes...best finish was a tied for seventh at the Tucker with a 1-under 215 (70-71-74)...Academic All-MWC.
2006-07 (SOPHOMORE): Posted a 73.09 stroke average in 41 rounds with the varsity...only played with the JVs in the season opening Falcon Invite...204 at the NCAA West Regional tied for No. 14 in UNM's list...tied for medalist honors at the rain-shortened Morris Williams with a 3-under 139 after 36 holes...tied for fourth at the MWC Championships with a 3-under 210...won Albuquerque City Amateur with a tournament record 22-under par...won the Sun Country Amateur...finished top-30 at Pacific Coast Amateur.
2005-06 (FRESHMAN): Played in nine tournaments...posted four top-40 finishes...season best finish was a tie for seventh among 106 players at the John Burns Intercollegiate...also had a strong finish at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate with a tie for 12th...best round of the season was a 67 in the second round of the John Burns Intercollegiate...best 54-hole score also came at the John Burns Intercollegiate with a 205 (11-under par), good for the 11th best total in Lobo history.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of La Cueva High School...all-district and all-state selection in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005...member of three state championship teams and four district championship teams...finished in the top-5 at state all four years, including medalists honors in 2005...won individual district championship in 2003.
PERSONAL: Born February 11, 1987, in Douglas, Wyoming...son of Dave Saunders and Debbie Longwill...has three brothers, Casey, Ryan and Sam...father and two uncles played golf at UNM...majoring in Marketing.