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UNM golfers win 3M Augusta; Millican ties McGuire

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 25th-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team used a collective effort to score a historic school victory as it won the 3M Augusta Invitational on Sunday.

Four Lobos shot in red numbers to help the team record an 8-under 280 for a 54-hole total 838 (277-281-280), a 26-under score that topped a 15-team field that included the likes of No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Texas.

The win marked the 28th career tournament win for coach Glen Millican, UNM’s 14th-year head coach, tying him with Dick McGuire (1954-76) as the Lobos’ winningest coach.

“Coach McGuire is bigger than anyone who’s followed him here,” Millican said. “He’s a Hall of Fame coach and a pioneer in the game who did some amazing things that laid the foundation for the rest of us to have success.

“We’ve just tried to do the best we can to continue what he started.”

The 838 total is the eighth lowest score in school history — eight strokes off the all-time low of 830, accomplished twice in 2005 and 2006.

“We knew going in that it was going to take some great golf to have a chance today,” Millican said. “Nobody went out and had a career tournament; our guys went out and played their own games and played well. It was huge for us to get a lead to start the back nine, and they did a great job to finish it off.”

Senior Gavin Green led with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finish at 7-under 209 for a tie for ninth place — eight strokes behind Georgia’s Lee McCoy.

Senior Sam Saunders finished with the best overall score for the Lobos, a 9-under 207 after a 1-under 71 on Sunday, to finish in fifth place.

Senior Sean Romero shot a 2-under 70 during the final round for a 54-hole 212 (4 under) and a tie for 13th. Sophomore Andrej Bevins, who struggled the first two days with a 9-over total, came back with a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish at 8-over 224 and a tie for 61st.

“It should be very clear to our guys now that they’re capable of doing great things,” Millican said.