Lobo Golf Men in the Dark, But in the Hunt

Jan. 28, 2013

Arizona Intercollegiate Team Leaderboard

Arizona Intercollegiate Player Leaderboard

Arizona Intercollegiate Team and Player Leaderboard

In Tucson, Ariz., the fourth-ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team is in the dark as to its position in the 15-team field at the Arizona Intercollegiate heading into the tournament's final day.

Darkness halted play late during Monday's second round at about 5:45 p.m., and the last leaderboard on golfstat.com showed the Lobos in fourth place at even par, four strokes behind co-leaders TCU and Arizona State. Top-ranked California was listed in third place a 2-under with about three holes left to play in the second round.

UNM coach Glen Millican, however, said his team was further along than the golfstat.com leaderboard indicated but did not know where the Lobos stood when the teams quit for the day.

While the Lobos were listed at 1 under par for the incomplete second round, Millican said they were 4 under by his calculations.

"We're right in the hunt, but it's impossible to figure out exactly where we are," he said. "The important thing is that we've again put ourselves in a position to contend for the title on the final day."

The Lobos finished Monday's first round in fifth place with a 1-over 285 at The Golf Club at Vistoso, a par-71 course. TCU shot a 4-under 280 for the lead. Cal was one stroke back, and Arizona and No. 24 Liberty were tied for third at 2-under 282.

Senior James Erkenbeck paced the Lobos with an opening-round 68, good for a fifth-place tie at 3-under. Cal's James Stalter was at 6-under to lead the field after 18 holes. Golfstat.com showed Stalter at 8 under when play stopped Monday night; he had a two-stroke lead over Arizona State's Matt Rottluff.

Erkenbeck was at 1-under and tied for 11th; sophomore Victor Perez was listed at 3-under and tied for sixth.

UNM had four players in the top 20, according to golfstat.com, when play stopped. Senior John Catlin and sophomore Gavin Green were tied for 18th at 2 over. The Lobos were the only team in the tournament with four players in the top 20.

"I was really happy with the way our guys hung in there today," Millican said. "The weather was tough; it was really windy and it rained a little. Tomorrow is supposed to be really cold and windy. If we can hang in there for the first couple of hours, we've got a really good chance."

Play resumes Tuesday at 8 a.m. with the conclusion of the second round, followed immediately by the third and final round.