UNM Men's Golf Team Finishes 4th After Another Tough Day

April 7, 2013

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By Greg Archuleta
UNM Assistant Director of Communications

TEMPE, Ariz. – The third-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team will have to settle for a lesson learned.

For just the second time this season, No. 1 California Bears did not win a tournament they entered, but unlike the Arizona Invitational in January, the Lobos were not their conquerors. UNM struggled for the second consecutive day, shooting a 4-over 288 Sunday to end up in fourth place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Mountain West rival UNLV shot an impressive final-round of 7-under 277 to win the 18-team tournament by one stroke over the Bears. The Rebels (283-283-277=843) shot 9 under for the three rounds. Cal (284-282-278=844) was at 8 under.  San Diego (289-275-282=846) finished third at 6 under.

UNM (276-286-288=850, 2 under) finished out of the top two in a tournament for the first time in eight events after leading after each of the first and second rounds at the ASU Karsten Course.

Lobo coach Glen Millican had said that Sunday’s round would provide valuable experience for his team as it navigates the end of the 2012-13 men’s golf season. UNM learned how hard it can be to close a tournament as the frontrunner.

Senior John Catlin and sophomore Gavin Green kept the Lobos within striking range, each shooting 2-under 69s during Sunday’s final round. Catlin (70-73-69=212) and Green (72-71-69=212) both finished in a tie for 11th at 1 under par for the tournament. They finished 10 strokes behind the individual champion, Nick Chianello of Oregon State.

Chianello (64-68-71=202, 11 under) won the event by one stroke over California’s Brandon Hagy (70-65-68=203) and Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez (69-65-69=203).

Lobo senior James Erkenbeck fired a 3-over 74 during Sunday’s final round and tied for 23rd at 2-over 215 (71-70-74).

Senior Benjamin Bauch had a rough final 18 holes with a 5-over 76. Bauch (69-72-76=217) tied for 33rd at 4-over par. Sophomore Victor Perez, who was tied for second with a 5-under 66 after Friday’s first round, really struggled Sunday, finishing with a 10-over 81, and tied for 46th place at 7 over (66-73-81=220).

UNM finishes its regular season next weekend at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, before preparing for the Mountain West Championships in Tucson, Ariz., in May. That event takes place at the OMNI Tucson National Resort, the site of UNM’s last tournament victory at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament in March.