San Antonio – Matt Vela and the rest of the St. Mary’s University men’s golf team did not arrive back in town from Muskogee, Okla., until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, likely leaving the senior from San Antonio in need of a bit of a jolt.

That would come.

Vela, a MacArthur High School graduate, has been named the Heartland Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday evening.

The award came a day after Vela finished in a tie for third place after shooting a 2-under-par 140 at the 12th Annual Northeastern State University Golf Classic in Oklahoma. Vela’s performance led the Rattlers to a fourth-place finish as a team.

Vela shot a 3-under-par 68 on the first day before firing a 72 in the final round. He finished two shots off the lead.

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