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Nevada golf team rallies from 17 strokes down to win Husky Invitational

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The Nevada men's golf team won the 2021 Husky Invitational. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures via Nevada athletics)

The Nevada men's golf team rallied from 17 strokes down in the final round of the 16-team Husky Invitational to win the event in a tiebreaker over host Washington.

The Wolf Pack entered Tuesday's action in sixth place and trailed the Huskies by what appeared to be an insurmountable total of 17 strokes with 18 holes to play at Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash. But Nevada shot a 12-under 276 in the final round while Washington posted a 5-over 293. The teams were tied at 846 (18 under) after three rounds before Nevada won via the tiebreaker.

"I've been with Nevada men's golf for over a decade now," Nevada head coach Jacob Wilner said. "What these men did out there today was magical. This is something they should be very proud of."

It was Nevada's first tournament win of the season (in its second event) and first win since the Olympic Club Intercollegiate in March 2019, one of three team titles for the Wolf Pack in the 2018-19 season. This is the program's seventh team tournament title since Wilner became Nevada's head coach in 2010.

Quim Vidal Mora and Peyton Callens paced the Wolf Pack with 6-under scores for the three-round tournament, each tying for fifth place. Vidal Mora was outstanding during Tuesday's third round as he posted a 3-under score, including an eagle on 18 alongside four birdies. Callens recorded a 2 under final round with four birdies to finish at 70. Callens was 6-under par on par 4s during the tournament, the best in the field.

Trey Davis shot a team-best 5 under in the final round; A.J. Lintunen finished 2 under over the last 18 holes. Lintunen and Davis tied for 15th at the event at 3 under. Davis had eight birdies in the final round. His 14 birdies in the tournament ranked best among Wolf Pack players and was tied for fourth among players in the field. Michael Sarro finished tied for 61st at 9 over for the tournament.

The Wolf Pack is coming off back-to-back-to-back appearances at an NCAA Regional but had a remade starting lineup entering this season after losing star seniors Sam Harned, Sam Meek and Brendan MacDougall to graduation. Callens and Davis returned from last year's starting lineup with Vidal Mora (Jacksonville State), Lintunen (Chattanooga) and Sarro (Cal Baptist) earning spots in the starting five as transfers. Callens (Texas A&M) also came to Nevada as a transfer.

Nevada, which finished second out of 21 teams in the Gene Miranda Invitational at Colorado Springs, Colo., in its season opener, returns to action on Oct. 11-12 when it hosts the Wolf Pack Classic tees off at Hidden Valley Country Club. It will be the first multi-team event Nevada has hosted in Reno since the 2011-12 season.

Team standings (top five)

1t. Nevada, -18

1t. Washington, -18

3. Oregon State, -14

4. Boise State, -8

5. San Jose State, -5

Wolf Pack finishers

5t. Quim Vidal Mora, 70-71-69 (-6)

5t. Peyton Callens, 69-71-70 (-6)

15t. AJ Lintunen, 69-74-70 (-3)

15t. Trey Davis, 73-73-67 (-3)

61t. Michael Sarro, 73-76-76 (+9)

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