Erkenbeck Earns MW Men's Co-Golfer of the Week Honors

March 13, 2013

Mountain West Men's Golfer of the Week Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of New Mexico senior James Erkenbeck earned Mountain West Men’s Co-Golfer of the week for tournaments played March 5-10. Fresno State freshman Troix Tonkham shared the weekly honor.

Erkenbeck finished in a four-way tie for first at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters from March 8-10. The event featured 28 players ranked in Golfweek.com/Sagarin’s Top 50 individual poll.

The senior from San Diego shot a 4-under 212 (69-72-71) on the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands course. He led UNM to a tie for second place in a field of 15 top-50 teams (according to both Golfweek.com/Sagarin and Golfstat.com).

The Lobos have finished first or second in each of their last six tournaments. Their second-place tie allowed them to move up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the nation in the latest Golfweek.com/Sagarin team rankings.

The individual title was the second in Erkenbeck’s Lobo career. He won the 2009 John Burns Intercollegiate as a true freshman.

Erkenbeck jumped from 20th to 10th in the Golfweek.com/Sagarin poll as a result of his performance, and he leads the MW with a 71.63 stroke average. The award is his second weekly honor this spring. He also was named MW Golfer of the Month in October.

Lobo sophomore Gavin Green also has a MW weekly honor this spring.