Lobos Finish Fourth in South Carolina; Victor Perez Takes Fifth
March 12, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Men's Golf - At General Hackler Championship
DeBordieu Club - Georgetown, South Carolina
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - The New Mexico Lobos men's golf team, paced by Victor Perez, finished fourth Monday in the General Hackler Championship, seven shots off the winning pace set by North Florida.
The Lobos were 8-over par as a team over the final 18 holes and unable to cut into the five-shot gap between them and North Florida going into the last day.
No. 14 North Florida was 6-over par on Monday, firing a 290 on the final 18. UNM, ranked No. 19 nationally, carded a team count of 292 on the last 18 holes for an 879 total. North Florida finished at 872.
East Carolina made the biggest move on the final day by shooting 1-over as a team and pulled into second place at 874. Arkansas, ranked No. 9, was a single shot ahead of UNM and the Razorbacks took the third spot at 878. Virginia was fifth at 886 in the 15-team tournament held at the DeBordieu Country Club in Georgetown, South Carolina.
Perez was sitting at even par going into the final round and carded a 3-over on Monday to finish in fifth place at 216. The individual win went to North Florida's Sean Dale, who shot 2-over par on the final 18, but held on for a winning total of 212.
Perez had a good chance to finish in the three-way tie for second place at 215, but had a bogey six on the final hole. That 18th hole took a bite out of two other Lobos, too, as James Erkenbeck had a double-bogey seven and Gavin Green also bogeyed the last hole.
UNM lost four strokes to par on that last hole. Erkenbeck was 1-under par going into 18.
Perez's bid for medalist honors also were hurt on the par-4 No. 7 hole where he carded a seven. He picked up birdies on No. 11 and No. 15 to go along with 13 pars.
John Catlin fired a 73 Monday to finish tied for seventh place at 218. He made the 9-hole turn at even par, but had two bogeys on the back nine, no birdies, and failed to make a charge.
The links of the DeBordieu were not conquered easily as there were only three rounds in the 60s turned in from the top 13 golfers - that's three out of 39 rounds.
The Lobos will go straight from the General Hackler to Austin, Texas, to play in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on Friday and Saturday.