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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 1:00pm
The NM State men’s golf team will look to get back on top by adding a sixth WAC Championship as they head to Henderson, Nev., for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Golf Championships from April 29-May 1, 2013. The par 72, 7,332 yard course at the Rio Secco Golf Club will host the tournament.
“I expect us to be in the last two in the field with a chance to win,” head coach Mike Dirks said. “We’ve still got three of at least the top nine players in our conference on our team with Justin, Gaston, and Zach. If they show up to play then hopefully they can continue to help us, and we need to get a round from Miko like he had in Phoenix. I think we should compete for a conference championship.”
Senior Justin Shin, freshman Kenneth Fadke, sophomore Brett Walker, junior Willy Hogan and senior Derek Baade will represent the Aggies at this year’s championship.
The Aggies have won five WAC Golf Championships in seven years. Last year NM State shot a three round score of 18-over par, 882, finishing second. The Aggies carded a final round score of 11-over par, 299.
Shin finished second overall after a final round score of 1-over par, 73. At the end of the final 18-holes, Shin was tied for first with San Jose State’s Jay Myers at 5-under par, 211. The two golfers battled it out in a playoff, with Myers coming out on top with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Shin carded four birdies in the final round. Shin was also named a first team All-WAC selection.
Gaston De La Torre shot a 2-over par, 74 in round three, bring him to 2-over par, 218 for the tournament. He recorded four birdies in the final round, finishing fourth overall. De La Torre garnered his third second team All-WAC award of his career.
Zachery Fullerton went 5-over par, 77 in round three and finished 9-over par, 225 for the tournament. He carded two birdies in the final round both coming in the final three holes. Fullerton tied for 16th overall. Fullerton was named a second team All-WAC pick as well.
Cosme Beamonte shot a 2-over par, 74 in the final round with two birdies. He finished tied for 26th overall at 13-over par, 229.
Miko Alejandro shot a final round score of 10-over par, 82 with one birdie on Wednesday. Alejandro finished 37th overall at 25-over par, 241.
San Jose State wins the WAC Championship at 12-over par, followed NM State, Fresno State (+22), Idaho (+28), Louisiana Tech (+38), Nevada (+45), Hawai’i (+47) and Utah State (+55).