UNLV shot a 5-under-par 283 in the final round to hold off the hard-charging Colorado Buffaloes and win the 46th annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational held on the Air Force Academy’s Blue Course (par 72, 7,401-yard) at the Eisenhower Golf Club. UNLV’s three-round total of 838 (26-under-par) was just one shot off the tournament record set by CSU in 2008. Colorado put a scare into the Rebels, as the Buffaloes shot a 10-under par 278 in the final round.
Colorado State was third (8-under, 856) followed by New Mexico State (1-over, 865), Southern Utah (5-over, 869) and UTEP in sixth (7-over, 871). UMKC and Nevada tied for seventh with a 9-over-par 873. Utah State was ninth (18-over, 882), Utah was 10th (20-over, 884) while Wyoming and Weber State tied for 11th (21-over, 885). Boise State was 13th (27-over, 891), Air Force was 14th (28-over, 892), Northern Colorado was 15th (44-over, 908) and the Air Force “B” team was 16th (83-over, 947).
UNLV’s Taylor Montgomery won the individual championship with a 10-under, 206. UNLV’s A.J. McInerney and Colorado’s Yannik Paul tied for second with a 9-under, 207. Air Force’s highest individual was freshman Dane Hankamer who carded a 2-under, 214 for the tournament. After an opening round 73, Hankamer shot 70 in the second round and 71 in the third round.
Air Force travels north on I-25 next week for the CSU Ram Masters, Sept. 15-16, in Fort Collins, Colo.