Green, No. 4 Lobo Golf Men 2nd in Hawai'i
Feb. 20, 2013
In Kahuku, Hawai’i, Gavin Green and the fourth-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team started strong during Wednesday’s first round of the John Burn Intercollegiate.
Joel Stalter and top-ranked California just finished better.
Green fired a 4-under 68 in the opening round, trailing Stalter by one stroke and the Lobos’ 1-under 287 was good enough for second place, three strokes behind the Bears after day one on the Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort.
New Mexico and California (4-under 284) were the only two of the 16-team field to finish under par on Wednesday.
“I’m really happy with the way we played,” UNM coach Glen Millican said. “It was pretty windy all round. We got off to a good start and we battled through it.
Fellow Mountain West school Colorado State is tied with Arizona and Brigham Young for third at 4-over 292.
Green, who started on the back nine Wednesday, made three straight birdies after making par on his first hole of the day. He then made an eagle on his 12th hole to get to 5-under before settling in with a 4-under.
“Gavin had a great round,” Millican said. “He got things going early and putted well all round.”
Stalter birdied two of his last three holes to steal the lead from Green. Arizona’s Erik Oja is third after a 3-under 69.
Sophomore Victor Perez, 5 over at one point in the round, finished his final six holes at 2-under to finish with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 29th. Sophomore Sean Romero, competing as an individual, is tied for 57th with a 6-over 78.
Millican said he felt confident his team could improve on its 1-under opening round under similar conditions that expected for the rest of the 54-hole event the next two days.
“If we get a few more guys who can get their putters going like Gavin did in the first round, we have a chance to play better than we did today.”
The second round is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. MT on Thursday (7:30 a.m. HT).