Perez Hot, Lobos Cold at Aggie Men's Golf Invite

April 21, 2012

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BRYAN, Texas - University of New Mexico freshman golfer Victor Perez stayed hot Saturday during the first two rounds of the Aggie Invitational. The rest of 16th-ranked Lobos were not.

Perez sits in a tie for second place with Oklahoma's Charlie Saxon at even-par 144 (73-71) after the first 36 holes of the event, hosted by No. 15 Texas A&M. The duo trails Oregon's Daniel Miernicki by one stroke heading into the final round.

Perez has finished in the top 20 of six consecutive tournaments.

UNM, however, is mired in eighth place in the 10 team event at 60-over-par 780. The Aggie Invitation has a format in which six golfers comprise the team with five scores counting toward the total. Most tournaments employ five-player teams, counting four scores.

The Lobos trail leader and 10th-ranked Oregon (376-376=752) by 28 strokes heading into today's final round. UNM, which has not finished below fifth place in all 11 tournaments it has entered this season, trails fifth-place Oklahoma State (No. 27, as rated by Golfweek.com) by 11 shots. New Mexico shot a 32-over 392 in the first round and improved slightly in the second with a 28-over 388.

The host Aggies are second overall at 39 over par (378-381=759), followed by No. 32 Oklahoma at 41 over (384-377=761) and No. 1 Texas (385-378=763). The Longhorns are playing without the No. 1 individual player in the country, Jordan Spieth.

UNM junior James Erkenbeck (76-77=153) is tied for 17th place at 9-over 153. Fellow junior John Catlin is tied for 47th after a pair of 80s left him at 16-over 160. Freshman Gavin Green (83-78=161) is tied for 51st at 17-over. Senior Alex Estrada, playing for the team for the first time in the spring session, is tied for 57th at 18-over 182 (80-82) and freshman Sean Romero (88-83) is tied for 67th at 27-over 171.

Junior Ben Bauch, who is competing as an individual, is 62nd at 21-over 165 (82-83).

The final 18 holes are today at the Traditions Golf Club.