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Lobo Carlon finishes 6th, Lobos 12th in NCAA golf regional

UNM’s Sean Carlon, shown playing U.S. Open local qualifier on April 30 at UNM Championship Golf Club, was the top Lobo finisher at the NCAA Louisville men’s golf regional. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. — The University of New Mexico men’s golf team concluded its 2018-19 season with a 12th-place finish in the 13-team field at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional competition hosted by the University of Louisville on Wednesday. The squad was led by senior Sean Carlon of Albuquerque, who finished the tournament tied for sixth after recording his lowest score of the competition in round three.




Carlon shot 3-under 68 and 4-under 209 for the tournament. The senior improved five spots on the leaderboard to finish just three strokes out of first place. Carlon led the competition in birdies with 15 after carding five in round one, six in round two and four in round three. In addition, his par-5 scoring average of 4.56 (-4) tied for third overall.

Carlon’s sixth-place NCAA Regional finish marks his fifth top-10 finish of the season and ninth top-25 finish.

Freshman Sam Choi improved six spots over the course of the tournament and had a three-round total to 215 (+2).  Sophomore and 2019 Mountain West champion Galven Green also posted his best score of the tournament in Wednesday’s round three (3-over 74) to finish tied for 59th with a total of 225 (+12).

While Carlon, Sam Choi and Green competed in all three rounds of the competition, redshirt-sophomore Ross Sinclair, freshman Ignacio Arcaya and freshman Roy Choi each represented the Lobos in two rounds of the competition.

On the tournament, Sinclair competed in the first two rounds as he shot an 8-over 79 in round one and a 6-over 77 in round two. Arcaya saw action in the second and third rounds, registering a 77 (+6) and a 76 (+5) in each round, respectively, while Roy Choi competed in the first and third rounds shooting a 79 (+8) in round one and 78 (+7) in round three.

UNM posted its best score of the tournament in round three with a 4-over 288 to add to its three-round total of 881 (+29). New Mexico finished  three strokes behind 11th-place Arkansas State, four strokes away from 10th-place Southern Illinois and five strokes ahead of last-place Jacksonville State.

No. 1-seed Oklahoma State won with a 7-under 277 in round three to pass Auburn and finish 14-under 83.

The top five teams and the top individual not on those teams from each of the six regional competitions are set to advance to the finals on May 24-29 at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. where the team and individual medalist titles will be decided. From the Louisville Regional, participating squads will be Oklahoma State, Auburn, Baylor, Louisville and North Florida, and the individual will be Tripp Kinney from Iowa State, the tourney medalist at 7-under 206.

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