NMSU Men's Golf Wins WAC Championship
POSTED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 1:24pm
Wednesday, May 5: The New Mexico State Men's Golf Team won their 3rd straight WAC Championship today, it's 4th in five years. The Aggies defended its 2009 Championship with a three round score of 13-under par, 851 (283-274-294). NM State carded a final round score of 6-over par, 294, in Henderson, Nevada. “The golf course set up was significantly harder today,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “The tees were back and the pin locations were much harder. You add in the wind and the pressure of being in the hunt in the final round, it was a tough day of golf. I thought Justin Knauber was on his way to a tough day but he pulled it together and scored for us and that was huge. When you have a player like Tim Madigan, shooting that kind of score in these conditions it is hard to imagine. It was the best performance of his career. I’m proud of all these guys. We didn’t have the greatest year and throughout the spring we struggled. We didn’t get down on ourselves and kept our heads up. It was a great day for the Aggies. “I want to thank the players from the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009 teams as they helped start a tradition for this program and these young men are carrying that tradition out right now,” Lieberwirth said. “I’m really happy and proud of the way we hung in and competed today.”
Junior Tim Madigan earned first team all-WAC honors and WAC Player of the Year as teammates Justin Shin and Gaston De La Torre was picked as a second team all-WAC selections. Shin was also named the WAC Freshman of the Year, an honor that Madigan won back in 2008.
Madigan won the 2010 WAC Championships individual title with a three round score of 14-under par, 202 (64-68-70). He carded a final round score of 2-under par, 70. The next closes player in the field was Mark Hubbard of San Jose State and Scott Smith of Nevada at 6-under par.