Colorado Mesa men’s golf team finishes 2nd at RMAC championship

Colorado Mesa shot the best team score of the day Tuesday and the second-best of the tournament, propelling the Mavericks to a runner-up finish in the men’s RMAC golf championship at Wigwam Golf Course near Phoenix.

Led by Brandon Bingaman’s final-round 1-under-par 71, the Mavericks put up a score of 295 to finish at 915 and move up from sixth place. Bingaman, a junior out of Fruita Monument High School, was tied for 21st place after the first two rounds.

Bingaman’s 71 tied for the best round of the day and the second-lowest score of the three rounds, and moved him into a tie for seventh with teammate Matt Weiss, who finished with a 73.

Eric Farmer rebounded from a second-round 86 to shoot a 71 and tie for 15th at 231. Sean Robbins tied for 20th at 234 after a third-round 82 and Ryan Church carded an 80 to tie for 41st at 246.

Jim Knous, a Basalt High School graduate and a senior at Colorado School of Mines, shot a third-round 75 to win medalist honors at 220, one stroke better than teammate Cory Bacon, who shot a 77.

The Orediggers ran away with the team title despite shooting a 311 on Tuesday, finishing at 900, 15 strokes better than Mesa and Western New Mexico. CU-Colorado Springs and CSU-Pueblo tied for fourth at 922.

The men’s West/Central Super Regional is back at Wigwam on May 7-9.

WOMEN

Jessica Berve’s final-round 78 moved the CMU senior into third place in the women’s RMAC championships at Wigwam Golf Course near Phoenix and helped the Mavericks place third as a team.

Three Mavericks placed in the top 10 to help them record a 323 in the second round, the second-best team score of the day, for a 657 total.

Michelle Stripp tied for eighth, shooting an second-round 81 to finish at 164, and Jennifer Hilts shaved three strokes off her first round to also shoot 81 for a 165, good for 10th place.

CSU-Pueblo’s 318 pushed the ThunderWolves ahead of Western New Mexico for the team championship. CSU-Pueblo finished at 648, the Mustangs at 651.

Pueblo’s Dominique Dinallo shot a 78, finishing at 153, to edge Faylyn Beyale of Western New Mexico by one stroke.

The women’s Central Regional is May 6-8 at Sierra del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte, N.M.


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