ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Nicholas Mason of Denver, Colorado is the New Mexico Open Champion for a third straight tournament.
Mason started the day with a two stroke lead after his course record round of 62 Thursday. Mason appeared to be on cruise control in the final round until reaching a couple of trouble holes on the back nine. Three bogeys took his 18 under par total down to 15 under. Through it all Mason never trailed.
Round 2 leader Jim Knous and Parker Edens were within striking distance of Mason and played the final round with Mason. The pair just could not catch him. When he made bogey, they seemed to follow. Edens was able to pick up a stroke and finished in a tie at second, two shots back.
Edens finished in a tie with former Lobo D.J. Brigman who shot the low round of the day of 66.
“You’re in your home track and you want to grab that trophy,” said Brigman. “You don’t want someone else taking it from you so there was a lot of pride this week, unfortunately two shots not enough. Congrats to nick, you know, he won it three times in a row.”
Mason closed out his victory with a final round of 71 and 16 under par overall.
“I have never won three tournaments in a row in my life,” said Mason. “To go back to back to back here, it gives me a lot of confidence going into q school.”
Mason picked up a first place check for $14,000. He said he plans to pay a few bills and pick up a nice meal. The record for consecutive wins at the New Mexico Open is four.
Mason said he plans on coming back next year.