Sixth-Ranked Lobo Golf Men Within Striking Range
Oct. 22, 2012
The sixth-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team managed a rare feat Monday during the second round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.
The Lobos gained and lost ground, simultaneously.
UNM shot a 3-over 291 Monday and finished in fifth place at 8-over 584 after 36 holes of the Isleworth event, five strokes behind leader and top-ranked California. The Golden Bears followed their 4-under 284 in the opening round with a 7-over 295 and leads at 3-over 579.
New Mexico shaved four strokes off Cal’s first-round lead.
The Lobos, however, dropped one spot from fourth to fifth as No. 5 Florida shot a 2-under 286 to finish in a third-place tie with No. 2 Texas at 7-over 583. No 28 Illinois is second at 6-over 582, three shots behind California. Thirteen of the top 50 teams as ranked by Golfweek.com/Sagarin are competing.
“The conditions got a little windy today,” Lobo coach Glen Millican said, “so to shoot 3 over was a pretty good round. There are a lot of teams that have a chance to win this event (Tuesday), and we’re one of them. It’s very encouraging to be in that position.”
Senior James Erkenbeck shot a 2-under 70 to move to 2-under 142 for the tournament and enters Tuesday’s final round tied for second, three strokes behind leader Michael Kim of California. Erkenbeck settled in for a strong round after bogeying his first two holes.
“He’s played enough golf in all-around conditions not to let the wind affect him,” Millican said. “He really got it going after the first two holes.”
Senior John Catlin and sophomore Gavin Green both turned in 1-over-par 73s Monday. Green (73-73=146) is tied for 12th at 2-over par. Catlin moved up from a 58th-place tie to a 39th-place tie at 7-over 151 (78-83).
Green had an up-and-down round, bogeying Nos. 2-4 and then birdieing holes 5-7.
“Our whole team does a good job of staying in the moment,” Millican said. “Things aren’t always going to go the way you want it, so you can only worry about the shot at hand. It sounds simple, but if you can do that, you have a chance to play well. Gavin’s round was a good example of that where he was able to rebound after give up a stroke here or there.
Senior Benjamin Bauch shot a 4-over 76 on Monday and is tied for 22nd (72-76=148) at 4 over par. Sophomore Victor Perez followed an opening-round 76 with a 75 for a 7-over 151 and is tied for 39th in the 75-player field.
“It’s going to take another great effort for us to have a chance to win, but at least we’re in a good position,” Millican said.
The Lobos will tee off at 6:55 a.m. Mountain Time and will play today’s final round with No. 5 Florida and No. 8 Alabama.