Tempe, Ariz. – The New Mexico State men’s golf team finished tied for the eighth overall with a three-round score of 14-over par, 866 (287-288-291) at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The Aggies were 7-over par in the final round of play at the par-71, 7,013-yard Karsten Golf Course.
“I’m a little disappointed in how we finished the tournament because I think we are playing better golf then our score is showing,” head coach Mike Dirks said. “We just didn’t hole enough putts but we really aren’t that far away. I t=like what I’m hearing out of our players and we are staying positive. I think we are close to turning it back around, heading into the final regular season tournament.”
Sophomore Kenneth Fadke carded a final round score of 2-under par, 69, finishing the tournament at even par, 213 (71-73-69). He tied for 22nd overall. Freshman Luis Medina, struggled in the final round with a 6-over par, 77, finishing tied for 32nd with a three-round score of 4-over par, 217 (67-73-77).
Junior Brett Walker also finished tied for 32nd with a 4-over par, 217 (75-70-72) for the tournament. Walker was 1-over par, 72 in the final round of play. Junior Pat Beyhan was 9-over par, 222 (77-72-74) for the tournament, carding a final round score of 2-over par, 73. He finished tied for 50th.
Senior Willy Hogan rounded out the Aggie competitors with a three-round score of 14-over par, 227 (74-74-79), placing him in a tie for 67th.
Arizona State won the team title in impressive fashion, with a three-round score of 37-under par, followed by Iowa (-14), Arizona (-5), Pepperdine (-4) and Iowa State (-1). Arizona State’s Jon Rahm ran away with the individual title at 23-under par.
The Aggies will be back in action April 5-6 at The Aggie Invitational – Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. This will be the final tournament for the Aggies before the conference championships.