Lobos, Kent State's Conners grab Gopher titles

Kent State's Corey Conners

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Casey FernandezSo. Miss.  66.31 
2Tomasz AndersonJ'Ville St  67.12 
3Chase KoepkaUSF-Bulls  67.27 
4Hunter StewartVanderbilt  67.27 
5Maverick McNealyStanford  67.32 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1South Florida 68.18 
2Illinois 68.90 
3SE Louisiana 69.66 
4Florida State 69.78 
5Baylor 69.89 

Final results

New Mexico, the No. 14 team in Golfweek's preseason rankings, opened its fall season with a victory Monday at the Gopher Invitational, and Kent State senior Corey Conners became the first back-to-back winner of the event.

The Lobos, led by Gavin Green's 5-under 208 total, were the only team to finish under par, posting a 4-under 848 total at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., six shots ahead of runner-up Baylor. All four of Green's teammates also finished in the top 25: Andrej Bevins (T-13), Joseph Abella (T-16), Victor Perez (T-19) and Sean Romero (T-24).

Kent State finished third at 5-over 857, followed by California, Golfweek's preseason No. 1, in fourth place at 7-over 859. The Golden Bears were missing two starters – Michael Kim, the 2012-13 College Player of the Year, and NCAA regional champion Michael Weaver – who were playing for the U.S. team in the Walker Cup in New York. New Mexico also handed Cal one of its two losses in 13 stroke-play events last year.

Conners shot rounds of 71-66-69 to claim the individual title at 7-under 206, winning the event for the second consecutive year. He finished one shot ahead of Cal's Brandon Hagy.

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