Texas A&M University–San Antonio Student-Athlete Named RRAC's Freshman of the Year, First in University History

Tuesday, 05 24 2022

Jacob Peña is the first varsity student-athlete in A&M–San Antonio history to win a sport's superlative award 

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M University–San Antonio claimed another first for its athletic department as men's golfer Jacob Peña was named the Red River Athletic Conference's Freshman of the Year. 

With the honor, Peña became the first varsity student-athlete in A&M–San Antonio history to win a sport's superlative award from the RRAC. 

Peña secured his award at the postseason RRAC Tournament in April he shot a 16-over-par 232 for the three-round event, finishing eighth on the individual leaderboard. A Victoria, Texas resident playing in his hometown, his 72 in the second round of the first day was the second-lowest round recorded by any individual at the tournament. 

He was the Jaguars' top performer as the season wound down. Peña began the month of April as the team's top finisher at the Blinn Spring Invitational, the Jaguars' last regular-season competition before the RRAC Tournament. 

Peña also gave early indication to his outstanding first year as a collegian in February. Playing at one of the most challenging courses on the A&M–San Antonio schedule – the TPC San Antonio – Peña finished in 16th place after carding back-to-back rounds of 76. 

The eighth-place finish by Peña at the conference tournament helped the Jaguars to a fourth-place team finish, their best performance in their young history.

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About Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, the University offers 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees to nearly 7,000 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 24 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 75 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and 73 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; in 2020, Military Times ranked the University No. 35 in the nation for Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission