Muskogee, Okla. – Led by senior Matt Vela’s third-place finish, the St. Mary’s University men’s golf team placed fourth at the 12th Annual Northeastern State University Golf Classic on Tuesday.

Vela, a San Antonio native, fired a one-over-par 72 Monday for a two-day total of 140 to finish in a tie for third place.

Tim Paiz (So., San Antonio) also had an impressive showing, shooting 144 following Tuesday’s 74 to finish in a tie for 15th.

Jeff Rein (Sr., San Antonio) and Sam Jernigan (Jr., San Antonio) tied for 28th place with matching scores of 146, while Shawn Bennett (Fr., Marion, Texas) shot a 157.

Vela, a MacArthur High School graduate, finished two shots off the lead after entering the final round trailing by that same number.

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