Lobo Men's Golf Team Drops to 3rd in Hawaii
Feb. 16, 2012
By coach Glen Millican's own admission, the No. 25 University of New Mexico men's golf team struggled Thursday in comparison to the previous day's first round of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Then again, the Lobos played so well on Wednesday that their second-round performance wasn't all that bad.
UNM battled windy conditions, shooting a 4-over 292 to settle for a two-day total of 10 under par and third place.
No. 10 California continues to lead the tournament, shooting a 2-under 286 to take a four-stroke lead over SMU. The Mustangs shot the day's low round, an 8-under 278. Cal had shot a first-round 270. No. 17 Duke is fourth with an 8-under 566 after 36 holes on the Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort.
"It was definitely pretty windy out there, and we didn't play as well today as we did yesterday," UNM coach Glen Millican said, referring to 25 mile-per-hour breezes. "Everybody played the last five holes pretty well, so that was encouraging."
Lobo junior James Erkenbeck, who was tied for second after Wednesday's first-round 66, shot a 74 to fall back in a tie for ninth place with teammate John Catlin, among others. Catlin shot a 1-under 71, and both are 4-under for the tournament. They are five strokes behind co-leaders Julian Suri of Duke and Sam Fidone of SMU. Both are at 9-under 135.
Freshman Sean Romero shot an even-par 72 and is 1 under after two rounds and tied for 20th place. Fellow freshmen Gavin Green, who shot a 75 Thursday, and Victor Perez (78) are tied for 36th at 2-over-par 146. Sophomore Sam Sanders (77-73), competing as an individual whose scores aren't reflected in the team standings, was the only Lobo to shoot a better second round than first. He is tied for 56th place.
Despite the other higher scores, Millican said he was encouraged by his team's play in round two.
"This year, it seems our bad rounds have been more manageable," he said." We struggled today and were only 4-over, and we're still in contention. We're going to have to play a great round (Friday) to win, but whoever wins is going to have to play a great round (Friday).
The Lobos will get the final round underway from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. They will start on Hole No. 1, like they did Wednesday. UNM played the back nine first on Thursday.