Silver City, N.M. – Last Monday and Tuesday, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team participated in the Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw! tournament as they finished 15th out of 22 teams.
With the tournament taking place at the Brookside Country Club (Stockton, CA), WNMU scored a 296 in the first round and a 288 in the second round, giving them a 584. Individually, senior Jaime Wiltmore shot even in the first round with a 72 then dropped a stroke in the following round with a 73, placing him tied for 46th position. Freshman Pedro De La Vega finished tied for 66th, scoring a 75 in the first but improving to 72 in the second. Senior Harry Welton shot 72 then followed with a 76, tying him in 70th. Ross White struggled with a 77 in the first but rallied back with 73 in the second, as he tied in 82nd. Freshman Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce, despite a tough first round of 81, bounced back with a team high 70 in the second, tying him for 90th. Freshman John Gallegos finished tied for 103rd as he carded a 79 in the opening round then recovered with a 73 in the ensuing round.
The Mustangs as a team averaged a 3.90 on par-three, finished third in the tournament in par-four with 3.98 and 5.06 in par-five. Western compiled a total of 111 pars and 29 birdies. Gallegos led the way in par-three as he averaged a 3.10. Finishing seventh in the tournament with a par-four average of 3.81 was Pan De Soraluce. Waltimire and Pan De Soraluce each tied with seven birdies while Wetton came away with a team best of 24 pars.
California Baptist were the tournament winners as they scored a 564. BYU-Hawaii came in second with a 565 score.
The Brookside Country Club is the course that will hold the NCAA West/South Central Super Regional which will take place in May.
Mustangs will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday as they travel to San Antonio, Texas to contest in the St. Mary’s Invitation which will take place on the Dominion Golf Course.