UTRGV's Lamadrid Tied For Lead at WAC Championships


HUTCHINSON, Kansas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) men’s golf team sits one shot off the lead after posting a 284 in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

UTRGV is tied with UMKC, who also posted a first round 284, and sit just one shot behind Utah Valley for first place.

Junior Pedro Lamadrid led the way on the first day as he holds a share of the lead after an opening round three-under par 67. Lamadrid started his round by birding four of the first five holes before turning in a front nine 32. After bogeying two of the first three holes on the back, Lamadrid answered with birdies on three of the last seven holes for an even par 35 on the back.

Lamadrid is tied with Utah Valley’s Aaron Yeates for the first-round lead.

Sophomore Luca Portelli is just four strokes off the lead in a tie for eighth place after opening with a one-over par 71. After posting front nine 37, Portelli birdied three of the last six holes to post a back nine one-under par 34.

Senior Ali Khazanbeik turned in a first round two-over par 72 as he is tied for 12th place. Khazanbeik turned in a front nine 38 before posting three birdies on the back nine on his way to a one-under 34.

Freshman Tennoshin Ogawa is tied for 20th after shooting an opening round 74. Ogawa posted a two-over 37 on the front and the back nine. Junior Alvaro Hernandez is tied for 27th with a first round 76 after opening his day with a front nine 40 but he rallied in the back with a one-over par 36.

UTRGV will be back on the course on Tuesday for the second round of the WAC Tournament with the first group teeing off at 8 a.m.


Place Golfer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total

T-1. Pedro Lamadrid 67 - - 67

T-8. Luca Portelli 71 - - 71

T-12. Ali Khazanbeik 72 - - 72

T-20. Tennoshin Ogawa 74 - - 74

T-27. Alvaro Hernandez 76 - - 76

Place Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total

1. Utah Valley 283 - - 283

T-2. UTRGV 284 - - 284

T-2. UMKC 284 - - 284

4. Grand Canyon 286 - - 286

5. New Mexico State 291 - - 291

6. Seattle U 292 - - 292

7. Chicago State 313 - - 313

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