Fresno State junior Trevor Clayton poses with his trophy after the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Golf Championship held at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Arizona. (Trevor Brown Jr./NCAA Photos)
Fresno State junior golfer Trevor Clayton took home the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Golf Individual Championship on Sunday at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
After entering the day two shots behind, Clayton recorded a 3-under-par 69 in the final day to win the title by two strokes with a 54-hole 9-under-par 207.
“It was an awesome day today,” said Clayton. “I got off to a fast start, and just kept it going all day. Played steady, smooth, and it made for a fun day.”
With the win, Clayton clinched a postseason bid and will play at one of the six sites that will be determined on May 5 during the NCAA DI selection show live on the Golf Channel.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished in third which marks the program’s best finish at the Mountain West Tournament since joining the league in 2013.
“This week was a tremendous team effort,” said Fresno State head coach Chad Spencer. “The guys competed all 54 holes and to have the individual Mountain West Champion Trevor Clayton continuing to set the standard for Fresno State golf makes the future very bright.”
The team’s 54-hole 5-under-par 859 was its lowest total on a par 72 course this season. Fueled by Clayton’s individual high, the ‘Dogs led all teams with 59 birdies.
“It’s huge,” Clayton said about the team’s third place finish. “It was a big improvement from last year and we’ll build on this moving forward and keep things rolling.”
Dates: April 22-24, 2016
Par: 72; Yardage: 7,194
1. UNLV: 286-281-279=846 (-18)
2. New Mexico: 280-285-284=849 (-15)
3. Fresno State: 275-296-288=859 (-5)
T4. Colorado State: 281-292-287=860 (-4)
T4. San Diego State: 280-292-288=860 (-4)
6. Wyoming: 290-290-281=861 (-3)
7. Nevada: 282-291-293=866 (+2)
8. San Jose State: 295-289-285=869 (+5)
9. Boise State: 291-289-292=872 (+8)
10. Air Force: 287-293-298=878 (+14)
11. Utah State: 293-291-298=882 (+18)
Fresno State Leaderboard
1. Trevor Clayton: 66-72-69=207 (-9)
T22. Greg Gildea: 71-75-71-217 (+1)
T22. Justin Avery: 69-72-76=217 (+1)
T43. Troix Tonkham: 76-77-72=225 (+9)
T43. Alex Lee: 69-78-78=225 (+9)