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Nevada golfer Sam Harned makes second All-Mountain West team

Sam Harned
Sam Harned was named to the All-Mountain West team for the second straight season. (NCAA photos)

For a second consecutive season, Nevada golfer Sam Harned was named to the All-Mountain West team.

Harned is one of 10 players to earn the distinction this season. San Diego State, Boise State and New Mexico tied for the team lead with two honorees each. Boise State sophomore Hugo Townsend claimed golfer of the year honors, while Bastien Amat from New Mexico captured the league's freshman of the year award. Dan Potter from Boise State was named coach of the year.

Harned, a former walk-on who made the team via a tryout, has put together a solid senior season as he leads the team with a scoring average of 71.38 and is currently ranked as the 106th best player in NCAA Division I men’s golf. He is playing this season at 4-under par overall through the team’s seven events and 21 rounds of action. He leads the Wolf Pack with 81 birdies and has recorded two eagles.

In 21 rounds this season, Harned has posted 13 at par or better, including a career-low 63 at The Goodwin. He has three top-15 finishes in 2021, including co-medalist honors at The Goodwin where he finished 10-under par. He earned Mountain West Golfer of the Week honors for his performance at The Goodwin, which included shooting rounds of 63-70-67. He led the field with 16 birdies in 54 holes.

Harned’s strong season helped lead the Wolf Pack to two runner-up finishes this season, one of which came at the Mountain West Championship where the Wolf Pack finished the event tied for the team lead but lost on the first playoff hole. It marked the team’s best finish at the conference championship since joining the MW in 2012. Harned also aided in Nevada receiving an at-large bid to NCAA Regionals for the third consecutive season.

Nevada will next compete in NCAA Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., at the UNM Championship Course from May 17-19. The top-five teams from the field advance to nationals. The Wolf Pack is looking for its fourth national championship berth in school history.

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