Lobo Golf Men's Schedule Is Hectic

Feb. 26, 2012

Lobo Men's Golf Release - North Ranch Intercollegiate

North Ranch Intercollegiate Tournament Release

Live Scoring at golfstat.com

Call these the dog days of the men's golf season for the New Mexico Lobos.

UNM, ranked 22nd in the latest Golfweek.com/Sagarin ratings, heads to Westlake Village, Calif., to play in the 14-team North Ranch Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday. The event will be the first of three tournaments the Lobos will play in the span of 20 days.

Add to that the decompression time the team required after spending seven days in Hawaii for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, and the New Mexico schedule has been a little hectic, a little irregular.

"After we came back from Hawaii, we needed a few days just to come back and let the guys just be students again," Lobo coach Glen Millican said. "We had a couple of days of practice, but we didn't do anything competitive (within the team), so we'd be ready to go for the North Ranch."

The Lobos will use the same starting lineup in California that they've used all spring: juniors John Catlin and James Erkenbeck, and freshmen Gavin Green, Victor Perez and Sean Romero.

Catlin and Erkenbeck have been the central figures in UNM's rise to a national ranking. Catlin, ranked 30th in the Golfweek.com individual rankings, and Erkenbeck (No. 67) have led the Lobos to top-five finishes in all seven tournaments they've played this season.

The two have played solid golf in 20 of the 21 rounds they've completed this season. Erkenbeck struggled with his putter during the final round of the Burns Intercollegiate and tied a season-high with a round of 75 for a 3-over-par score.

Catlin had a bad back nine during that same final round, shooting a 45 during that span and finishing with a season-high 80 (8 over par).

"That's just part of the game, sometimes," Millican said. "They've played so much good golf this year; a bad round is bound to happen. They know that. I have no doubt they'll bounce back."

It was the freshman trio who picked up their game in the final round of the Burns that helped the Lobos remain in the top five. UNM finished fourth - just one stroke out of a tie for second place.

Perez shot a 3-under 69, Romero an even-par 72 and Green a 1-over 73 in the final round. Perez and Romero tied Erkenbeck in a group that finished 13th 1-under for the tournament. Green tied for 31st with a 4-over total.

"It's been so encouraging to see our freshmen step up and play so well," Millican said. "That's going to help their confidence down the road and help us compete in every event the rest of the way this season."

The North Ranch Intercollegiate begins Monday at 8:30 a.m., and live scoring is available at golfstat.com.