San Diego State storms back to capture Mountain West title
Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele
TUCSON, Ariz. — Led by Xander Schauffele and Ryann Ree, San Diego State came back from a 11-shot deficit to win the Mountain West Conference Championship by a stroke over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

UNLV, who led Nevada by eight entering the final round, shot three-over on Sunday while the Aztecs fired nine-under 275, including 67s from Schauffele and Ree.

"This is a special group of players," said Aztec head coach Ryan Donovan. "They played for each other today and their resiliency paid off."

It was still a wire-to-wire individual win for UNLV senior Kurt Kitayama despite shooting one-over 72 in his final round. The Chico, Calif. native opened with back-to-back 65s, helping him win the title by two shots over Schauffele.

The Running Rebels should still have a good shot at making it to NCAA Regionals with their second-place finish, which came by six shots over Nevada and seven over New Mexico.

Results For Mountain West Conference Championship
Place  PtsScores
1CAKurt KitayamaChico, CA50065-65-72=202
2CAXander SchauffeleSan Diego, CA40067-70-67=204
3AustraliaNick FullerAustralia30070-67-69=206
T4CARyann ReeRedondo Beach, CA30071-70-67=208
T4WACarl JonsonBainbridge Island, WA30068-72-68=208

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