2016 Tournament Participant Profile

Nahum Mendoza III San Diego State

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Class: Senior

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

High School: Francis Parker School

Experience: 3L

2016 Arnold Palmer Cup Participant
2015-16 Second-Team PING All-American
2015-16 Third-Team Golfweek All-American
2015-16 PING All-West Region Honoree
2015-16 Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Year
2015-16 All-Mountain West Selection
2014-15 All-Mountain West Selection

SUMMER 2016
Landed in the runner-up position at the 50th annual Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in July after falling to Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Seattle Golf Club … Finished regulation play with a combined 3-under 285, two shots in front of former Aztec teammate Ryann Ree … Earned one of 10 exclusive spots for the U.S. team at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup in Formby, England.

2015-16 SEASON (AS A JUNIOR)
Quickly blossomed into one of SDSU’s all-time greats, earning second-team PING All-America honors after finishing the year with a No. 31 individual ranking by Golfstat … Also received third-team All-America recognition from Golfweek and was an all-West Region selection … Led the team with a 71.18 scoring average, posting 21 rounds at or below par, including 12 in the 60s … Collected Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Year honors, becoming the fifth Aztec player n school history to receive such distinction … Logged seven top-10 finishes this season, including four in the top five … A Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist.

Spring: Started all nine tournaments after entering just two events during the fall slate … Posted a team-best 71.04 scoring average in 28 rounds and logged six top-10 placements … Was SDSU’s No. 1 finisher in five events, including the NCAA Championships, where he tied for 26th in stroke play after carding a 7-over-par 287, which set a school record for lowest 72-hole score at the national meet … Also matched the program’s lowest individual round at the NCAA Championships with a 3-under 67 on day one (May 27-30) … Recorded his highest finish in three Mountain West Championship appearances after tying for the third spot at 6-under 210 … Moved up 14 places on the individual leaderboard after carding a final-round 67 (April 22-24) … Matched his highest collegiate placement at the Southwestern Jones Invitational, tying for the runner-up position at 7-under 209 … Led the field with 19 birdies (Feb. 29-March 1) … Followed that effort with a third-place showing at the Lamkin San Diego Classic, where he landed in the third position at 3-under 213 (March 14-15) … Shared the fourth spot with teammate Ryann Ree at the ASU Thunderbird, shooting a 9-under 204 … Fired a season-best 66 during the second round (April 2-3) … Completed the Aztec starting five’s sweep of the individual top 10 at the Barona Collegiate Cup, where he tied for ninth at 3-under 213 to help the Scarlet and Black capture its second team title of the year (March 21-22) … Registered SDSU’s lowest score of the final round at the Western Intercollegiate with a 68, finishing in a 16th-place tie at 2-over 212 (April 11-13) … Tied for 34th at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional with a 14-over 230 … Drained a clutch birdie on No. 18 of the final round to help force a sudden-death playoff, where the Aztecs ultimately prevailed over Texas A&M (May 16-18).

Fall: Made his first start of the year at the Gifford Collegiate, where he tied for 16th with a collective 4-over 217 (Nov. 2-4) … Competed as an unattached golfer at the Cal State San Marcos Fall Classic, tying for 10th at 2-under 214, highlighted by a final-round 69 (Oct 26-27).

2014-15 SEASON (AS A SOPHOMORE)
Garnered all-Mountain West accolades for the first time in his career … Ranked fourth on the squad with a 73.13 scoring average … Logged five top-20 performances, including a trio of top 10s … Totaled seven rounds in the 60s, which ranked second on the team … Also tallied six even-par efforts.

Spring: Played in all 10 events, averaging 72.68 strokes in 31 rounds to go with three top-10 placements … Competed as an individual at SDSU’s own Barona Collegiate Cup where he shot a collegiate-best 14-under 202 to finish in the runner-up position (Feb. 9-10) … Fired an opening-round 65 at the Aztecs’ spring opener, which is tied for seventh on the school’s all-time list for lowest 18-hole score … Made the first of eight consecutive starts at The Prestige at PGA West, tying for the 19th spot with a 4-under 212 … Was SDSU’s No. 2 finisher at the University of Arizona’s National Invitational Tournament where he tied for 10th with an even-par 216 (Feb. 28-March 3) … Helped the Aztecs capture their third conference title in the last five years after tying for seventh at the MW Championship with a collective 4-under 209, featuring a card of 67-69 in the first two rounds (May 1-3) … Tied for 49th at the NCAA New Haven Regional with a 10-over 220 (May 16-18) … Also landed in the 71st position at the NCAA Championships after shooting an 18-over 306, highlighted by an opening-round 70 (May 29-June 1).

Fall: Received a starting nod in three of four events, posting a 74.67 scoring average … Tied for 13th at the Husky Invitational with a 3-over 219 (Sept. 22-23).

Summer 2014
Emerged victorious at the San Diego City Amateur Championships, posting a collective 6-under 210 to win by two strokes (July 18-20) … Shot a 5-under 67 during the opening round at Balboa Park, highlighted by a pair of eagles.

2013-14 SEASON (AS A FRESHMAN)
Earned first varsity letter … Ranked fourth among Aztec regulars with a 74.50 stroke average, posting two top-10 finishes … Totaled seven rounds below par and three rounds in the 60s.

Spring: Cracked the starting lineup in eight of SDSU’s nine scheduled events … Logged his best finish of the year with a fifth-place effort of 3-under 213 at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic (March 10-11) … Carded a 69 during the second round to help the Aztecs take second in their home tournament … Matched that score the following weekend during the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament, where he tied for 39th at 2-over 218 (March 14-16) … Was a key contributor to SDSU’s runner-up performance at the Mountain West Championship, tying for 10th with a 2-over 215 (April 25-27) … Saw his first postseason action at the NCAA Columbia Regional, firing a combined 5-over 221 to tie for 43rd (May 15-17).

Fall: Made his Aztec debut at the Kikkor Husky Invitational where he tied for 32nd in the individual tournament with an 11-over 224 (Sept. 16-17).

PRIOR TO COLLEGE
Graduated in 2013 from Francis Parker School where he received first-team all-CIF San Diego Section honors following his junior and senior campaigns … Finished second at the 2012 San Diego Junior Masters after falling on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff at Carlton Oaks Country Club … Also took fourth at the AJGA Junior Challenge at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.

PERSONAL
Pursuing a degree in communication at SDSU.

MENDOZA’S SDSU SCORECARD

Spring 2016
The Prestige: 73-68-70—211 (T-8th)
SW Jones Invite: 70-69-70—209 (T-2nd)
Lamkin SD Classic: 70-72-71—213 (T-3rd)
Barona Collegiate Cup: 69-71-73—213 (T-9th)
ASU Thunderbird: 69-66-69—204 (T-4th)
Western Intercollegiate: 72-72-68—212 (T-16th)
MW Championship: 69-74-67—210 (T-3rd)
NCAA Albuquerque Regional: 75-81-74—230 (T-34th)
NCAA Championships#: 67-69-74-77—287 (T-26th)

Fall 2015
CSUSM Fall Classic^: 75-70-69—214 (T-10th)
Gifford Collegiate: 74-70-73—217 (T-16th)

Spring 2015
Barona^: 65-71-66—202 (2nd)
The Prestige: 72-68-72—212 (T-19th)
Arizona NIT: 73-69-74—216 (T-10th)
Lamkin SD Classic: 68-77-77—222 (T-30th)
Oregon Duck: 78-72-74—224 (T-30th)
ASU Thunderbird: 75-72-70—217 (T-39th)
Western Intercollegiate: 78-73-74—225 (T-54th)
MW Championship: 67-69-73—209 (T-7th)
NCAA New Haven Regional: 75-70-75—220 (T-49th)
NCAA Championships: 70-76-80-80—306 (T-71st)

Fall 2014
SW Intercollegiate: 81-72-73—226 (T-42nd)
Husky Invite: 72-70-77—219 (T-13th)
William H. Tucker: 71-74-82—227 (T-41st)

Spring 2014
The Prestige: 71-75-70—216 (T-35th)
Jones Invite: 78-82-76—236 (T-48th)
Lamkin Grips SD Classic: 73-69-71—213 (5th)
Arizona NIT: 69-78-71—218 (T-39th)
Aggie Invite: 87-84-79—250 (68th)
Western Intercollegiate: 72-69-75—216 (T-41st)
MW Championship: 72-70-73—215 (T-10th)
NCAA Columbia Regional: 71-75-70—216 (T-35th)

Fall 2013
Kikkor Golf Husky Invite~: 75-75-74—224 (32nd)

^ – Competed as an individual
~ – Competed in the individual tournament

  1. - Competed in the final round as an individual