Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
FAIRFAX, CA - The New Mexico State men’s golf team finished the Alister MacKinzie Invitational Tuesday afternoon in eighth-place with a three round score of 11-under par, 841. The Aggies carded a low team round of 8-under par, 276, with three Aggies finishing the tournament under par.
“We seem to play better in the last round of tournaments and I'm not sure why but we do,” head coach Mike Dirks said. “We need to try and do that for three rounds. I thought we fought hard today and played good golf. We got solid play from Gaston and Shin despite them not making a lot of putts.”
Senior Zachery Fullerton had the round of his career firing a 9-under par, 62, tying him for 20th overall. Fullerton recorded seven birdies and an eagle in the round, as he finished 5-under par for the tournament. Fellow senior Gaston De La Torre led the Aggies by tying for ninth overall with a three-round score of 8-under par, 205. In the final round, De La Torre shot an even par, 71, with five birdies.
“Zach had the 62 which was a great round. He just went out and played solid golf and allowed him to be in the position to make great scores,” Dirks said.
Junior Justin Shin was 1-under par, 70 in his final round carding four birdies. He finished tied for 34th overall with a three-round score of 1-under par, 212. Freshman Brett Walker shot a 2-over par, 73 in the final round, finishing the tournament tied for 57th. He recorded five birdies on the day, finishing with a 5-over par, 218 for the tournament.
Freshman Simon Miller was 8-over par, 221 for the tournament, placing him in a tie for 68th overall. Miller shot a final round score of 4-over par, 75, with one birdie on the round.
California and Oregon tied for the team title at 41-under par, followed by San Diego State (-33), San Francisco (-28) and Colorado State (-21). Eugene Wong won the individual title at 18-under par.
The Aggies will now host the 2011 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Oct. 24-25 at the NM State Golf Course.