Lobo Men's Golf Rally Falls Short
Feb. 28, 2012
The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team made it interesting Tuesday at the North Ranch Intercollegiate.
Thanks to junior John Catlin’s 4-under par during the first nine holes of the final round, the Lobos cut No. 20 San Diego State’s 11-stroke lead to three with a few holes remaining.
Catlin cooled off, however, and UNM’s charge fell short. The Lobos, who started the day in third place in the 14-team event in Westlake Village, Calif., also finished third with a 54-hole total of 33-over-par 873. San Diego State won the event with a 24-over 864; the University of San Diego finished second at 29-over 869.
“We got it to where we had a chance,” New Mexico coach Glen Millican said. “We just didn’t get it done.”
The Lobos shot a 9-over 289 for low-round honors Tuesday, but ended up shaving just two strokes off their 36-hole deficit to the Aztecs. Catlin’s 1-under-par 69 during the final round tied for the lowest individual score.
Catlin, who was struggling at 11-over par at one point during Monday’s second round, played the last 22 holes in 3-under par to finish tied for seventh at 8 over par.
“It was good to see John turn it around after the start he had,” Millican said.
Catlin (76-73-69) shared seventh with freshman teammates Victor Perez (74-72-72) and Sean Romero (72-72-74), among others, at 218. They finished six strokes behind winner Matt Hoffenberg (66-73-73), who finished at 2-over 212.
“If I said I was surprised by the way the freshmen have played, that would mean I didn’t expect them to play well,” Millican said. “I’ll say I’ve been real happy to see what they’ve been able to do.”
Falling short of victory, UNM settled for its eighth top-five finish in as many tournaments during the 2011-12 season. The Lobos have one win at the Lone Star Invitational in October.
“We keep putting ourselves in position,” Millican said. “We’re going to get to the point where we do finish it and win one in the spring. If we can get everyone playing well at the same time, we’ll have as good a chance as anybody during the rest of our tournaments.”
UNM returns to the links March 11-12 for the General Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.