Lobo Golf Men Retain 4th at Collegiate Masters

March 9, 2013

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Team Leaderboard

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Individual Leaderboard

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Team and Individual Leaderboard

By Greg Archuleta
UNM Assistant Director of Communications 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore Victor Perez shaved eight strokes off his first-round score on Saturday; his team couldn’t quite do the same to keep up with top-ranked California.

The fifth-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team shot a 2-over 290 on Saturday to retain fourth place after 36 holes of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. UNM’s 581 total score (291-290) left it 15 strokes behind the Bears, who shot at impressive 7-under for a two-day total of 566 (285-281) and a seven-stroke lead over No. 13 Stanford (286-287=573).

No.  3 Alabama is third at even-par 576 (289-287) in the 15-team event, in which all the schools are ranked in the Golfweek.com/Sagarin rankings. No. 6 UCLA is fifth at 6-over 582 (291-291).

The Lobos got off to a strong start and got as low as 4-under during the front nine, with sophomore Gavin Green shooting 2-under and senior James Erkenbeck 1-under after nine holes. UNM cooled off in the back nine, allowing Cal to create separation.

Erkenbeck shot an even-par 72 Saturday and is in fourth place individually with a 3-under 141. He trails leader Patrick Rodgers (66-72=138) of Stanford by three strokes.

Lobo senior Benjamin Bauch is tied for 28th at 4-over 148 (75-73). Green finished at 5-over 149 (76-73) and is in a group tied for 36th; that group includes UNM senior John Catlin (71-78). Perez is tied for 54th after his even-par 72 left him at 8 over for the tournament (80-72=152).

None of the five Cal players is above 1-over. Michael Kim, who shot a 4-over 76 on Friday, followed with a 5-under 67 for the low round on Saturday. That fueled the Bears, who had three other players shoot even or better. With each team’s top four scores counting toward their daily score, the Bears were able to absorb Brandon Hagy’s 4-over 76.

The teams will start today’s final round at the Southern Hills Golf Club at 9 a.m. Mountain Time (8 a.m. Pacific time).