Lobo Men's Golf Team Sits in 3rd at North Ranch

Feb. 27, 2012

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Sean Romero is taking his new job seriously.

In cold and soggy Westlake Village, Calif., the University of New Mexico freshman, making only his third start, fired back-to-back 2-over-par 72s to land in sixth individually and lead the 22nd-ranked Lobo men's golf team to a third-place standing after 36 holes of the 14-team North Ranch Intercollegiate on Monday.

Romero was not on the UNM team roster during any of its five fall tournaments. He earned his way into a starting role when the second semester began last month and turned in a 13th-place tie during his second start at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii in mid-February.

He continued his strong play Monday in California.

"Sean has really been playing good golf this semester," Lobo coach Glen Millican said. "He put some good rounds together today. His second round was really impressive because he started out bogey-bogey and he was able to bring it back to a low round."

Romero birdied three of his last six holes to lower his score to 4-over- par 144 and finish five strokes behind tournament co-leaders Matt Hoffenberg (66-73=139) and Alex Kang (67-72=139) of San Diego State. Both are at 1 under.

UNM carded scores of 289 and 295 to finish at 24-over par 584 at the par-70 North Ranch course. The Lobos trail leader and No. 20 San Diego State (281-292=573) by 11 strokes. The University of San Diego (284-294=578) is second, five strokes behind the Aztecs.

"We kept ourselves alive and gave ourselves a chance to compete for the title tomorrow," Millican said. "It was a pretty tough day on the course, with the cold temperatures and a little bit of rain. And they changed the course from a par-71 to a par-70, so it was pretty hard to score. But we still have a chance to something good before it's all over."

The high temperature Monday was 53 degrees at 11 a.m. From there, it dropped into the mid-40s by the day's end with scattered showers.

Fellow freshman Victor Perez (74-72=146) is tied for ninth at 6 over par, and junior John Catlin (76-73) and Gavin Green (71-78) are tied for 18th at 149. Junior John Erkenbeck (72-78=150) is tied for 23rd at 10 over.

With frost expected Tuesday morning, the teams are scheduled for a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., Mountain time.