BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The New Mexico State men’s golf team held on to a six-stroke lead Sunday at Boulder Creek Golf Club for its first Western Athletic Conference Championship since 2015.
The Aggies scored 856 (-8) and edged Grand Canyon by one stroke for their seventh WAC Championship in program history. This was the best 54-hole score the Aggies have posted all season. The championship gives the Aggies an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals on May 17-19.
“Today was a battle,” NMSU coach Mike Dirks said in a release. “We played well the first nine holes, but we had our struggles on 10, 11 and 12. The guys were able to regroup, and they played like champions to the finish. Today was a great learning experience for our young team.”
Heading into the final hole, the Aggies were tied with the Antelopes at eight-under. Garrison Smith battled it out with Grand Canyon’s Matt Polivka on the final hole, but Smith’s par beat Plivka’s bogey on the 18th to clinch the championship for the Aggies.
Smith finished the tournament in third after a career-low 210 (-6).
Aidan Thomas, a St. Pius alumnus, finished fourth in his first WAC Tournament. Thomas was 5-under 211, which was a season-low.
In his first tournament of the season, Cole Grossl shot 2-under 218 to finish tied for 12th.
Joseph Robson finished tied for 14th at 219 (+3). Alvaro Morales was tied for 24th at 225 (+9).
The NCAA Regional selection show is Wednesday at noon on the Golf Channel.