Pack earns runner-up spot at MW Championship

26 Th11 2021 | 01:55

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tied after 54 holes at the Mountain West Championship, the Nevada men’s golf team fell to New Mexico on the first playoff hole of the 2021 championship to earn the runner-up spot.

“It’s a combination of excitement and disappointment,” said head coach Jacob Wilner. “To have one hand on the trophy and fall short was tough. Our guys performed extremely well under the highest pressure. This finish should lock us in for an NCAA At-Large bid and a spot in Regionals.”

It was a masterful day on the golf course for the Wolf Pack, who pieced together the second-best team round of the tournament on the final day, a 17-under par 271. With that score Nevada jumped from fourth place into a tie for first with New Mexico after the regularly scheduled 54 holes of play. The Pack was in position to grab the lead outright throughout the round, but the Lobos also shot up the leaderboard and finished with a final round 19-under 269 to tie with Nevada after the three rounds. The Lobos bested the Wolf Pack though on the first playoff hole by one shot. Second place still marks the best finish at the Mountain West Championship for Nevada, and is the team’s best finish at the conference championship since it also finished second at the 2010 WAC Championship.

Individually for Nevada it had two players finish inside the top 10, and three place inside the top 15. Sam Meek and Peyton Callens each led the team with a tie for eighth place in the 55-player field. Meek, who began the day just two shots back of the individual lead, shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 5-under par, still two shots back of the lead. Callens on the other hand, shot up the leaderboard 15 spots on the final day, firing a career-low 7-under 65, which was tied for the lowest individual round of the championship. It was a perfect day on the course for Callens, who tallied seven birdies throughout his round to no bogeys, birdies or pars only.

Nevada also got a top 15 finish out of Sam Harned, who tied for 11th place in the championship. Harned carded a final round 67 to jump five spots on the leaderboard and into 11th and finish the championship at 4-under par. He also posted no bogeys during his round on Saturday and added five birdies to record a 5-under 67. Brendan MacDougall grabbed sole possession of 22nd at even par after he shot a 1-over 73 on Saturday, and Trey Davis jumped into a tie for 34th after he collected his best round of the event on Saturday, a 4-under 68.

Nevada will now wait to see if it can earn an at-large bid to NCAA Regionals for the third consecutive season.