The host New Mexico men’s golf team is one of 15 competing in the annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, which begins with two rounds Friday at the 7,555-yard, par-72 UNM Championship Course.
The event tees off Friday with 7:45 a.m. shotgun starts. The event also concludes with 7:45 a.m. tee times and 18 holes on Saturday.
New Mexico State’s men are among the visitors, which include Arizona, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, FAU, Kansas, Loyola Marymount, North Texas, San Diego State, UNLV, UTEP, Utah and Wyoming.
The reigning Mountain West Conference champion Lobos return nine players from last season including senior Sam Dickey, junior Galven Green, and redshirt junior Ross Sinclair. Others are sophomores Jack Anderson, Ignacio Arcaya, Roy Choi, Sam Choi, Brad Cole and Slater Sivage.
The two new faces on the squad are freshmen Boneta and Dylan Fritz.
Boneta, of Barcelona, Spain, led UNM in his Lobos debut at the Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash. His even-par performance tied him for 19th individually as the Lobos shot 9-over for two rounds on Sept. 16, and rainy weather washed out their third-round opportunity the next day to make up ground from a 10th-place finish in a 15-team field.
On those same dates, NMSU competed at the UTSA Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, finishing 10th in an 11-team field. Sophomore Cameron Gambini of Las Vegas, Nev., shot a team-low 3-over 219 and tied for 32nd.
Gambini, senior Niall Powell, senior Tanvir Kahlon, freshman Scott Rescigno, freshman Aidan Thomas and freshman Tyler Svendson comprise the Aggies’ weekend lineup.
BYU is the two-time reigning Tucker champion, having blistered the course to 16-under-par for the team title last year. UNLV finished two shots back, and New Mexico, at 1-under, took fifth.
Colorado enters the tournament coming off of a first-place finish at the Air Force Falcon Invitational on Sept. 7-9 to begin the season. Arizona and Kansas carded second-place finishes in their season openers as well.