Rebels Finish Third At MW Championship
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TUCSON, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's golf team shot a tournament-low 8-under-par 276 during the final round of the 2014 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship on Sunday and finished in third place, five shots back. The tournament was held at the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort (par 71, 7,144 yards).
No. 23 New Mexico held off a charge from San Diego State and UNLV and won the league championship for the second straight year with a 6-under 846 after a final-round 2-over 286. San Diego State finished second, three shots back at 3-under, while UNLV was third at 1-under 851. Air Force finished fourth at 9-over and Colorado State rounded out the top five at 22-over. Nevada, Reno finished sixth at 26-over, San José State was seventh at 31-over, Wyoming was eighth at 32-over, Utah State finished ninth at 33-over, Fresno State was 10th at 51-over and Boise State finished 11th at 52-over.
All 11 MW schools were represented in the field, which was made up of 55 individuals.
New Mexico's Gavin Green and San Diego State's Riccardo Michelini tied for first at 4-under 209, with Green winning the individual conference title on the first playoff hole with a par after Michelini bogeyed. UNLV junior Carl Jonsonshot a final-round 3-under 68 and missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th green, which would have put him into the playoff. He finished one shot back in third at 3-under 210. Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland was fourth at 2-under.
UNLV junior Nicholas Maruri also finished in the top 10 after a final-round 3-iunder 68 put him in ninth place. Other Rebel scores: sophomore Zane Thomas tied for 15th at 4-over 217 after a final-round 2-under 69, sophomore AJ McInerney tied for 18th at 5-over 218 after a final-round 4-over 75 and junior Kurt Kitayamatied for 20th at 6-over 219 after a final-round even-par 71.
By finishing above Nevada, Reno in the standings, UNLV earned three more points in the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. The competition between UNLV and Nevada, Reno is in its second year and is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the longtime rivals. UNLV won the inaugural series 37.5-10.5.
UNLV now leads this year's competition 24.0-15.0. To track the scoring, visit the Governor's Series page at UNLVRebels.com.
The 2013-14 All-MW Team will be announced on Thursday, May 1, and the field for the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals will be announced on Monday, May 5, live on the Golf Channel from 7-8 a.m. PT during the show Morning Drive. The show will also be streamed live on the Golf Channel website and posted afterwards on the NCAA website. The selections news release will also be available at NCAA.com within 30 minutes after the completion of the Morning Drive show.