Sophomore Pedro De La Vega wrapped up his first postseason experience on Wednesday at the West/South Central Regional that took place at the par 71, 6,805 yard La Paloma Golf Club. De La Vega finished with a 78 during the final round and tied for 68th.
De La Vega carded rounds of 76-73-78 for a 227. Again starting out on the back-nine, he found his first birdie on the par-five, hole 17. He added another pair of birdies on holes two and six, both par fives as well. For the tournament he posted a 3.92 scoring average on par-three, 4.18 on par-four and 4.67 on par-five. He compiled 22 pars and added 10 birdies.
St. Mary’s won the 20-team regional with a 861, four-shots ahead of Cal Baptist. Joining St. Mary’s to advance to the NCAA Championships included Cal Baptist, Holy Names, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado Christian. The Cougars tied with Sonoma State and they defeated the SeaWolves on the first playoff hole to advance.
There was also a tie for the individual crown between St. Mary’s Emilio Gonzales and Colorado Mines’ George Markham. Markham bested Gonzales during their second playoff hole to take the title. Markham will advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual, along with CSU Monterey Bay’s Elis Svard who fired a two-under 211.
It was a strong second collegiate season for De La Vega as he compiled low scores of 144 on 36-hole and 208 on 54-hole tournaments. He carded a low round of 67, had two top-1o finishes, one in the top-five, a 74.54 scoring average and a 564-271 (.675) win-loss percentage. The young Mustangs are setup for success next year as joining De La Vega will be fellow sophomore Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce. A pair of freshmen in Sam Ruston, the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year and Harry O’Callaghan who all saw significant time in the top-five of the WNMU lineup. With senior stalwart Ross White graduating, Patrick Niland will return as the lone senior next year. Another sophomore that will be a junior along with De La Vega and Pan De Soraluce will be John Gallegos and a pair of freshmen that will migrate to sophomores next year along with Ruston and O’Callaghan will be Lucas Hechler and Yong To Kim.