July 19, 2013
Incoming University of Minnesota men’s golf freshman Jose Mendez won the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships on Friday at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. The San Jose native became the first Costa Rican to win the tournament, finishing at 5-under overall in the boys’ 15-17 division.
Mendez carried a three-shot lead into the fourth and final round. He carded a 1-over 73 Friday to hold off runner-up Lucas Herbert of Australia (-3).
Mendez jumped to an early lead with a 4-under 68 on the first day of the tournament. He followed up with two straight rounds of 71 to get to 6-under through Thursday.
The internationally ranked golfer’s résumé also includes 2012 victories at the Costa Rica Match Play Championship and the National Junior Stroke Play Championship. He tied for 15th at the 2013 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in June. He will join the Golden Gophers for the 2013-14 season.
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