TUCSON – In 2014, New Mexico’s men’s golf team won the Mountain West championship with a player named Green winning medalist honors.
Five years later, same thing.
Led by Galven Green – and Albuquerque’s Sean Carlon, who tied his Lobo teammate over 72 holes – UNM rallied to win the league title and an NCAA Tournament berth on Sunday.
The Lobos tore up the course and the 11-team field, finishing 33-under 831, on the way to their seventh league title overall, most of any team and first for the New Mexico men since 2014. Colorado State, leader after Saturday’s second round, finished three strokes back.
Green, a sophomore from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, joins brother Gavin, 2014 MWC medalist, in leading the Lobos to the league title. With the team title in the golf bag, he and Carlon tied at 13-under 203 and went to a sudden-death playoff. Green won it on the third hole.
The Lobos learn their NCAA Regional assignment on Wednesday, when the Selection Show airs at 7 p.m. on the Golf Channel.
Regional play is May 13-15.
The Lobos’ other players were freshman Sam Choi, who had an eagle en route to his third-round 66 (210 overall), Roy Choi (217) and Ignacio Arcaya (221).
It is the fourth league title of 2018-19 for UNM, joining women’s soccer (regular season), women’s cross country and men’s tennis (regular season). The four titles equals UNM’s total from the past three years (2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18).
New Mexico last competed at the regional tournament in 2017 as it earned an at-large bid to compete before making its way to the NCAA Championship, where the Lobos finished tied for 26th.