• For the first time in nearly a month, the NM State men’s golf team is back on the course. The Aggies head to Laredo, Texas, where they will compete in the Border Olympics on the 7,204-yard par-72 course at Laredo Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.
• One of 15 teams competing at the Border Olympics, NM State will be joined in Laredo, Texas, by Abilene Christian, Baylor, Bowling Green, Houston, Houston Baptist, Illinois State, Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Rice, Sam Houston, Texas and UTSA. From a WAC perspective, this will give the Aggies a chance to see how they stack up against league foes Abilene Christian, Lamar and Sam Houston.
• NM State’s five-man roster consists of Matthew Jackman (from the fourth hole), Alvaro Morales (from the second hole), Joseph Robson (from the third hole), Garrison Smith (from hole 1B) and Aidan Thomas (from hole 1A). This group starts at 7:00 a.m. MT Monday morning.
• Another Aggie, Tyler Diehl, will compete individually in the field of 86 players. Diehl also plays at 7:00 a.m. MT Monday morning from hole 10A.
• With the exception of the 2019-20 season, NM State has participated in the Border Olympics every year since 2014-15. Last season at the event, Thomas produced a spectacular third round to help NM State to a top-ten finish (10th, 308-296-296=900). Thomas shot a 69 (-3) over the final 18 holes of the event and finished tied for 13th (77-73-69=219) in the individual standings at the end of the event.
• Since 2014-15, the Aggies’ best finish at the event came in 2015 when the team finished eighth out of 18 competing teams. During the two-day tournament, NM State put up scores of 288-286-296=870 (+6) to cement their strong performance.
• In their most recent tournament, NM State finished seventh at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Monday-Tuesday January 24-25. The Aggies shot a collective 282-293-284=859 (-5) to finish tied for seventh in the 14-team field. NM State finished tied with 39th-placed Duke for seventh while finishing nine strokes better than 30th-placed San Francisco (868, +4).
• Smith scored a 69 (-3) in the third and final round, pushing him level or 15th in the individual standings.
TO BE CONTINUED
• NM State won’t be in action until early March. The Aggies are set to make a trip to Palm Desert, Calif., where they will play in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate hosted by Wyoming. The three-day tournament at Classic Club is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, March 2-4.