In its first home tournament in a decade, the Nevada men's golf tournament finished third out of 15 schools competing at the Wolf Pack Classic at Hidden Valley Country Club.
Day one of the tournament Monday was impacted by early snow but Tuesday offered clear, albeit cold, skies in the 54-hole event.
New Mexico won the tournament by shooting 14 under over the three rounds, edging second-place San Francisco by four strokes. Nevada finished at 13 over, one shot in front of UCLA (+14). San Jose State (+16) rounded out the top five, with rival UNLV (+18) finishing tied for sixth. Nevada's "B" team placed tied for 13th at 39 over. Of the six Mountain West teams in the field, Nevada finished second.
"I'd like to thank everyone in our community who helped put on a first-class event," Nevada head coach Jacob Wilner said in a news release. "Thank you to Hidden Valley and their staff, our title sponsor, Ryan Dolan and the Dolan Auto Group, Chris Hoff from the Barracuda Championship for his support of college golf and for offering up the PGA Tour exemption, The Row, for everything they do, not only for men's golf, but for Nevada athletics, and Jim Bauserman and The Foundry. Congratulations to Glen Milligan and the New Mexico Lobos."
New Mexico's Albert Boneta won individual medalist honors at 6 under to get an exemption into this year's Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's annual stop in the Reno/Tahoe area. New Mexico's Sam Choi and UC Davis' Thomas Hutchison tied for second at 5 under. Nevada's Trey Davis flirted with the lead for much of the tournament before finishing seventh at 2-under 214 with rounds of 72, 70 and 72.
As a team, Nevada shot 295-296-286 to finish at 877. The Wolf Pack's "A" team included Davis, AJ Lintunen (+5, tied for 25th), Adam Thorp (+6, tied for 31st), Quim Vidal Mora (+7, tied for 38th) and Peyton Callens (+14, tied for 59th). Its "B" team fired scores of 307-301-295 for a total of 903. The group included Galena High alum Connor Motherway (+6, tied for 31st), Sean Minor (+13, tied for 55th), Michael Sarro (+15, tied for 62nd), Mitchell Abbott (+15, tied for 62nd) and Jack Steck (+37, 79th).
Galena High graduate Ian Gilligan, a freshman at Long Beach State, also competed in the tournament and carded rounds of 75-76-72 to finish 7 over, tied for 38th. This was Nevada's first Wolf Pack Classic since October 2011 when the program held an event at Edgewood Tahoe. Nevada did host Oregon State in a one-day dual meet at Montreux in September 2019.
In its first three tournaments of the 2021-22 season, Nevada has one first-place, one second-place and one third-place finish. The Wolf Pack's next tournament is the Ka'anapali Classic at Ka'anapali Royal Golf Course in Lahaina, Hawaii, which starts Oct. 29.