Lobo Men's Golf In Third Place in South Carolina Tournament

March 11, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Men's Golf - At General Hackler Championship

DeBordieu Club - Georgetown, South Carolina

GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Consistency is a good thing in golf and the New Mexico Lobos men's golf team was one of the more consistent teams Sunday in the General Hackler Championship.

The Lobos were in third place after the first 18 holes. The Lobos were in third place after 36 holes.

On Monday, the Lobos might need to drop their team score into the 280s, if they want to charge to the title.

Of course, the winning score on Monday probably will be determined in part by the weather. Will the winds of March return to the DeBordieu Country Club in Georgetown, South Carolina?

North Florida, ranked No. 17, and No. 9 Arkansas were the only teams out of 15 to crack the 290 barrier and hold down the No. 1 and No. 2 team spots, respectively.

North Florida went 300-282 for a 582 (plus 14) score and Arkansas went 297-287 to grab the second spot at 584 (plus 16).

The Lobos are a spot back in a tied with Augusta State, the defending national champs. The Lobos rolled out team scores of 296-291 to post a 587 total, 19 strokes above par. The tournament also includes Air Force of the Mountain West, but the Falcons faded to last place (15th) with a 75-over par score of 643.

The teams will tee off Monday beginning at 7:30 a.m. (ET).

The wind was an obvious factor Sunday as it howled over the first 18 holes and was more quiet during the afternoon round. All the teams in the top four spots of the team leader board improved their scores in the afternoon round, with North Florida making the biggest improvement of 18 strokes.

There were only two teams out of 15 that did not improve their scores from the first 18 to the second 18.

The Lobos have two players in the hunt for individual honors as Victor Perez went 72-70 to card a 142. Perez is three shots off the lead in a two-way tie for third place. John Caitlin is three shots back of Perez at 74-71--145; six shots off the top spot on the leader board. UNM's Gavin Green is at 149 (T23), James Erkenbeck is at 153 (T44), and Sean Romero is at 155 (T47).

North Florida was paced to its 36-hole lead by Sean Dale, the top-ranked individual at No. 19, who leads the tourney with a card of 69-70--139. Peter Valasek of Coastal Carolina, playing as an individual, is in second place at 70-71--141. Dale's score is 3-under par.

The Lobos went into the tourney ranked No. 21 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. The Lobos will go straight from the General Hackler to Austin, Texas, to play in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on Friday and Saturday.

Lobo golf coach Glen Millican took advantage of spring break to schedule his Lobos in two tournaments that would only take his players out of class for a single day. Since the Lobos won't return to Albuquerque between tourneys, the same team will represent UNM in both tournaments.