Gomez

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Freshman Santiago Gomez fired a 4-under par 68 on Tuesday to lead his Midwestern State Mustangs to their first Lone Star Conference team championship and claim the individual title by seven strokes.

The Mustangs placed three players in the top five for All-Tournament recognition as MSU posted a 3-under 285 team score on the final day to finish at 874 to win the team title by 29 strokes.

Gomez made the par 72, 6,988-yard Golf Club at Champions Circle his own, finishing at 7-under 209 with 13 birdies in the tournament. He bettered No. 6 Abilene Christian’s Corbin Renner, who fired a final round 5-under 67 to finish at even-par 216.

MSU sophomore Derek Oland fired a 3-under 69 and finished third at 1-over 217, while MSU junior Jeremy LeGuen also posted a 3-under 69 to place fourth at 4-over 220.  ACU’s Alex Carpenter was fifth at 5-over 221 to round out the All-Tournament team.

“The kids were unbelievable,” MSU coach Jeff Ray said. “We went in with a comfortable lead and instead of just trying to maintain it, we just took off.”

The Mustangs got a 79 from freshman Ian Gallagher to add to the team score, while senior Antonio Herran struggled to an 82. Still Herran finished in the top 15, placing 14th at 231, while Gallagher totaled 241.

Gomez recorded only one bogey in the round on the par-5 11th hole, while racking up five birdies, including the final hole.

“[Gomez] is in a groove right now,” Ray said. “He can make it look easy. He hit so many fairways and so many greens. He just really doesn’t put himself in a bad position.”

The Mustangs earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional to be played May 6-8 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.