HENDERSON, NEV. -- The New Mexico State men's golf team won its sixth WAC Golf Championship in eight years, Wednesday afternoon at the par-72, 7,313-yard Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. The Aggies won the 2013 championship with a three-round score of 23-over par, 887 (286-298-303). NM State carded a final round score of 15-over par, 303.
This is the sixth WAC title for the Aggies, as two NM State players finished in the top-10. As a team, the Aggies carded four birdies on the final two holes of play.
"It was a great day for our team," head coach Mike Dirks said. "We didn’t start the round off very well, but we held it together and in the end we won the tournament. I think we were a little tight, especially playing with a big lead like we had. The back nine we struggled a little but had a few closing birdies at the end, which was huge. It’s exciting for us. At the start of the year our goal as a team was to win the conference championship and we did. We are excited to be able to continue to play at the NCAA Regional Tournament."
Senior Justin Shin was named a first team all-WAC selection, while freshman Kenneth Fadke earned second team honors. Dirks was named coach of the year, marking his sixth conference coach of the year honor in his career.
Fadke finished second overall with a three-round score of 4-over par, 220 (71-74-75). Fadke recorded four birdies in the final round, carding a 4-over par, 75.
Shin recorded a final-round score of 1-under par, 71, marking down five birdies in the round including two on the final two holes. He was also one of four golfers under par in the final round. For the tournament, Shin was 5-over par, 221 (78-72-71). This marks the fourth time in his NM State career, Shin placed in the top-5 at the WAC Championships, finishing tied for third this season.
Junior Willy Hogan fired a 9-over par, 81 in the final round, placing tied for 14th overall with a three-round score of 10-over par, 226. Hogan tallied two birdies in his final round of play.
Sophomore Brett Walker carded a final-round score of 4-over par, 76, finishing with a three-round score of 13-over par, 229 (70-77-76). Walker birdied the final two holes of the third round, helping him tie for 20th overall.
Senior Derek Baade struggled in the final round with a 15-over par, 87. For the tournament, Baade finished 18-over par, 234 (70-77-87), tying for 33rd overall.
Following NM State in the team scoring was UT Arlington (+29), San Jose State (+36), UTSA (+39) and Idaho (+46). UT Arlington’s Paul McConnell was the tournament’s individual medalist with a three-round score of 2-over par.
NM State now moves on to the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 16-18. The Aggies will find out where they will be competing Monday, May 6th.
2013 Division I Men’s Golf Regional Sites:
• University Club, Baton Rouge, La.; Host: LSU
• Golden Eagle Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.; Host: Florida State
• The Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio; Host: Ohio State
• The Blessings Golf Club, Fayetteville, Ark.; Host: Arkansas
• Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.; Host: Arizona State
• Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, Wash.; Host: Washington State