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Local golf briefs: Lobo men lead nation — in classroom

The University of New Mexico men’s golf team won the Mountain West Conference championship during the season. Away from the golf course, and in the classroom, the Lobos finished as national champions.

The Lobos were named Academic National Champoinships for finishing with the top grade-point average in NCAA Division I, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday.

The UNM men’s golf team posted a 3.66 GPA in the spring after finishing the fall 2018 semester with a 3.50 GPA.

UNM was also one of 32 schools across all divisions to earn the President’s Special Recognition honor for achieving a cumulative season GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“The GCAA Academic National Champion honor is outstanding,” coach Glen Millican said in a release. “I’m really happy to see our hard-working guys have this kind of success in the classroom. To hold the No. 1 spot in the nationl for GPA is exceptional — and to do it in a year when we won a conference championship makes it an even more impressive accomplishment for our team, especially with a young group of guys.”

Click here for more information from the GCAA.

Thomas finishes strong

Aidan Thomas, a St. Pius graduate and two-time state prep champion, finished tied for 31st in the boys 15-18 age division at the IMG Junior World Championships that ended Friday at Torrey Pines North Course in San Diego. Thomas, who will be a freshman at New Mexico State University, shot 1-over-par 289 (72-73-70-74).

Aidric Jose Chan of the Philippines won the event by one stroke with 11-under 277.

Holes in one

Mike O’Malley, Albuquerque, Isleta Eagle Golf Course, Mesa No. 4, 160 yards, 7-iron, his sixth.

Daniel Chacon, Puerto del Sol No. 1, 160 yards, 26-degree hybrid, his third.

Benny Hernandez, Albuquerque, Twin Warriors No. 15, 157 yards, 6-hybrid, his second.

John Youngblood, Albuquerque, Canyon Club No. 6, 156 yards, 6-iron, his 10th.

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