Lobo Men's Golf Team Achieves Tempe Turnaround

April 6, 2012

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In Tempe, Ariz., the 19th-ranked University of New Mexico men’s golf team found itself in an unfamiliar position after the first round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Friday – out of the top five.

Thanks to juniors John Catlin and James Erkenbeck, the Lobos found their way back to their comfort zone after the second round.

Catlin shot a 5-under-par 66, and Erkenbeck shot a 2-under 69 to help UNM shoot an 8-under 276  during the second round at the ASU Karsten Course to finish the day in third place in the 17-team field with a 3-under 565, The Lobos are eight shots behind leader and 13th-ranked San Diego State. The Aztecs’ 11-under 557 score is four shots better than No. 6 California’s two-round total of 561.

The Lobos’ opening-round 289 had them in eighth place, 13 strokes behind Cal.

“It’s hard to turn it around on the same day like that,” coach Glen Millican said of his squad. “We started in the morning at a place on the course where there weren’t a lot of birdie holes. In the afternoon, we started on holes that had better birdie chances and kind of got it going. We showed a lot of composure.”

Catlin is tied for fourth individually at 5-under 137. He’s four strokes behind co-leaders Alex Kang of San Diego State and Austin Quick of Arizona State.

Erkenbeck is tied for 17th at even-par 142. Lobo freshman Gavin Green also is even after two rounds, but he played the last two holes at 3-over par.

Freshman Victor Perez is tied for 25th with a 2-over 144, and fellow freshman Sean Romero is 8 over with a 150 score, tying for 55th place.

Senior Alex Estrada, competing as an individual, also is tied for 55th with rounds of 74 and 76.

The Lobos return to the course today at 8:30 a.m. for the final round.