No. 4 Lobo Golf Men Fighting Uphill Climb in Dallas
Oct. 29, 2012
Life near the top has its ups and downs, the nationally ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team is finding out.
In Dallas, Texas, the No. 4 Lobos (golfstat.com) needed a 3-under-par 281 during the afternoon round Tuesday to move up from 11th to a tie for seventh place at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. UNM trails leader 36-hole Texas Tech, which shot a blistering 15-under during the afternoon round, by 14 strokes.
The Red Raiders (288-269=557) are at 11 under heading into Wednesday's final round and have a two-stroke lead over No. 16 Oklahoma State (281-278=559). Iowa (283-277=560) is third at 8-under. UNM (290-283=573) is tied with first-round leader Tulsa (279-294) at 3 over par in the 14-team tournament at the Royal Oaks Country Club.
"We didn't play well this morning," coach Glen Millican said. "We got it back going well in the afternoon but gave up a lot in the evening. We're still in position to have a good finish with a good final round tomorrow morning."
The Lobos were at 9-under as a team through the first six holes of the second round but crept slowly back up near par during the second-half of the round.
Texas Tech's Finley Ewing IV, the No. 6 individual collegiate player in the country, started the second round hot and kept it going. He shot a 10-under 61 in the afternoon, fueling the Red Raiders' low second round and sits at 6-under 136 (75-61), three shots behind Maxine Blandin of SMU.
Unfortunately for the ninth-ranked Mustangs, Blandin is competing as an individual and doesn't count on their team score. SMU (283-281=564) is tied for fourth with defending Royal Oaks champion Texas A&M (286-278) at 4-under.
Senior Benjamin Bauch leads the Lobos with an even-par 142 (72-70) after two rounds and is tied for 20th. Senior James Erkenbeck (73-71) and sophomores Victor Perez (72-72) and Gavin Green (76-68) are tied for 31st place at 2-over 144.
The Lobos will begin play Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Mountain Time with SMU, Tulsa and Augusta State.