BRYAN, Texas — The freshman lived up to his name.
University of New Mexico freshman Victor Perez shot a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to capture a four-stroke men’s golf win Sunday at the Aggie Invitational. In a tournament featuring eight of the nation’s top 50 collegiate players (as ranked by Golfweek.com), the 105th-ranked Perez carded a 3-under 213 (73-71-69) for the tournament to overtake runner-up and 26th-ranked Daniel Miernicki of Oregon.
The 16th-ranked Lobos, however, settled for sixth in the 10-team event, finishing out of the top five for the first time this season. UNM had a streak of 11 consecutive tournaments with fifth-place results or higher but couldn’t extend the streak through the last tourney of the regular season.
Perez’s victory was the 21st individual trophy during coach Glen Millican’s 11 years at the helm, and he is the 13th different Lobo to get a win under Millican’s tutelage. Junior John Catlin won the Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 30-31.
Perez has finished in the top 20 for six consecutive tournaments, including four top-10 efforts. He had only two ninth-places finishes to show for his first six events as a Lobo.
UNM junior James Erkenbeck finished tied for 11th at the Aggie Invitational, shooting an 8-over 224 (76-77-71).
— This article appeared on page B2 of the Albuquerque Journal