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UNM golf: Coach cherished watching former players’ moment

Former University of New Mexico golf teammates Victor Perez and Gavin Green enjoyed a special moment in their careers last weekend, playing the third round together as the leader and second-place golfer at the Saudi International in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

On the other side of the world, it was also a special moment for their former coach.

“Watching Victor and Gavin in the final group last Saturday was a really cool experience,” UNM’s Glen Millican said. “It doesn’t seem like long ago that I was watching them battle it out at our home course in team practice and it is exciting to see them continue their careers at the professional level.”

Green wrapped up tied for third overall at 9-under 271, three strokes out of first place, while Perez shot a 6-over-par final round and landed in a tie for 38th at 1-under 279.

But Perez, who graduated in 2015, has seen incredible success as a pro and is ranked No. 42 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). He is fourth on the European Tour Race to Dubai and he finished second overall in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Green, who is also a 2015 graduate and former Mountain West Champion, is 11th overall on the European Tour Race to Dubai and is ranked 146th in the OWGR. His younger brother, Galven Green, is a junior on the UNM men’s golf team. Galven Green also won the Mountain West championships last spring.

Among the other former Lobos in the pros is John Catlin, a 2013 graduate and No. 182 in the OWGR and is 12th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Kent Jones, 1990 graduate, is 33rd overall on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List and he began the 2020 season with a 17th-place finish at the Morocco Champions event.

CURRENT LOBOS: Sophomore Sam Choi was named Mountain West Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 27-28. Competing in a field of 14 teams, including five Golfstat top-50 squads, he finished third out of 85 competitors and landed two strokes out of first-place with a score of 206 (-7).

UNM returns to action on Feb. 20-22 in Lihue, Hawaii, for the John Burns Intercollegiate.

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