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Aggie golfer finishes in top 20 at NCAA Albuquerque regional



New Mexico State University golfer Garrison Smith wrapped up the best performance by an individual Aggie golfer at an NCAA regional since 2013 with another strong showing in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Smith, a sophomore from Mansfield, Texas, fired an even-par 72 at The Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico. Over three days, Smith carded a 3-under 213 and finished in a tie for 18th place.

The last time an Aggie golfer finished in the top 20 in a regional tournament was in 2013 in Tempe, Ariz., when Justin Shin shot a 3-under 207 for an 11th place tie and Brett Walker shot a 2-under 208 for a 17th-place showing.

Joseph Robson, of Newcastle, England, shot his second straight even-par 72 on Wednesday, while racking up four birdies. Robson finished with a three-day total of 5-over par 221, good for a tie for 47th place.

As a team, NMSU had its best round on the third and final day with a cumulative 2-over 290.

The Aggie men finished in 12th place with a three-day total of 19-over 883.

Aidan Thomas, of Albuquerque, shot a 2-under par 70 on Wednesday and finished tied for 51st with a 6-over 222 cumulative score.

Cole Grossl, of Keller, Texas, finished 64th with a cumulative 14-over 230. Alvaro Morales, of El Espinar, Spain, tied for 65th with a 15-over 231.

All the Aggie men who competed were either freshmen or sophomores.

That young group earned its way to the Albuquerque regional by winning the WAC championship by a single stroke.