The University of New Mexico men’s golf team has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season. The reigning Mountain West Champion Lobos look to continue their success from last season as the squad is set to compete in a total of 11 regular-season tournaments including five in the fall and six in the spring.
Among the 11 events, the squad will return to five tournaments in which they appeared last season to go along with six new additions to the schedule. UNM will once again host its annual home event, the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course, and will also return to the the Maridoe Intercollegiate (North Texas), the Arizona Intercollegiate (Arizona), the John Burns Intercollegiate (Hawaii) and the BYU Cougar Classic (BYU).
New tournaments the Lobos have added to the 2019-20 slate include the Husky Invitational (Washington), the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Baylor), Saint Mary’s Invitational (Saint Mary’s), the Southern Highlands Collegiate (UNLV), Hootie at Bulls Bay (South Carolina) and the Thunderbird Collegiate (Arizona State).
New Mexico will kick off the season on Sept. 16 with the Husky Invitational hosted by Washington at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The tournament will serve as an opportunity to compete on the same course that the 2020 Mountain West Championships will take place in May, giving the Lobos an advance preview of the course.
Following the introductory tournament of the season, the Lobos will return home for the annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate on Sept. 27-28. The squad will then compete in three more fall road tournaments including the Maridoe Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-8 / Carrollton, Texas), the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Oct. 21-22 / Dallas, Texas) and the Saint Mary’s Invitational (Nov. 4-6 / Monterey, Calif.).
Last season, UNM carded fifth-place finishes at both the William H. Tucker and the Maridoe Intercollegiate with the help of rising sophomore Sam Choi who led the squad in both events.
The Lobos’ spring season is set to begin on Jan. 27 with the Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, Ariz.) where the squad finished seventh out of 16 teams last season. UNM will then head to Hawaii for the John Burns Intercollegiate on Feb. 20-22 before continuing with the Southern Highlands Collegiate (March 1-2 / Las Vegas, Nev.), the Hootie at Bulls Bay (March 22-24 / Charleston, S.C.), the Thunderbird Collegiate (April 17-18 / Scottsdale, Ariz.) and the BYU Cougar Classic (April 25-26 / Provo, Utah) to wrap up regular-season play.
The Mountain West Championships are set to take place on May 1-3 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The Lobos look to defend their Mountain West title in Washington.
UNM returns nine players to the 2019-20 squad including four of the five competitors from the 2019 Mountain West Championships. Returning competitors include individual champion and rising junior Galven Green. In addition to Green, the Lobos return rising sophomores Sam Choi, Roy Choi and Ignacio Arcaya. The four players, three of which were just freshmen last season, led the squad to a first-place conference finish in 2019, sending UNM to NCAA regional competition.
Two freshmen are set to join the squad for the upcoming season including Albert Boneta who comes to the Lobos from Barcelona, Spain and Dylan Fritz out of Las Vegas, Nev. Boneta joins the Lobos after earning four notable top-10 finishes during his high school career including a first place at the 2018 Grand Prix while Fritz comes to UNM as a two-time First Team All-State Honoree (2017, 2018) having clinched first place in two championships during his high school career.
The 2019-20 season is set to tee off on Sept. 16-17 as UNM heads to Bremerton, Wash., for the Husky Invitational hosted by Washington.