Two Mountain West Men's Golf Teams Advance to NCAA National Championship
May 20, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico and UNLV advanced to the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf National Championships set for May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta. The championships are being hosted by Georgia Tech. The top five teams and the top individual not on those teams from each regional this past weekend advanced to compete at the finals. The Mountain West will be represented by at least two men's golf teams at the NCAA National Championship for the third time in the last four years and ninth time overall in league history.
New Mexico earned its first trip to the NCAA National Championship since 2007 after winning the Columbus Regional at the Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,286 yards) on the campus of Ohio State University. It marks the Lobos' first NCAA regional championship since 2002, while also being the first time in school history UNM has won both the Conference championship and the regional championship in the same year.
Senior James Erkenbeck, who started the final round at even-par 142, put together a bogey-free, 3-under 68 to finish at 3-under 210 (72-70-68) and capture the individual title by four strokes over Auburn's Dominic Bozzelli, Virginia's Denny McCarthy and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith. Erkenbeck is the first Lobo to win a regional individual title since Michael Letzig accomplished the feat at the 2003 regional in Auburn, Wash.
UNLV advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 18th time overall, and first time since 2010, after shooting a final-round 10-over-par 294 to finish fourth at the Columbus Regional. The Rebels were led by sophomore Carl Jonson, who finished tied for seventh at 3-over 216 (68-72-76).
The NCAA Championship field will consist of 30 teams. The top eight after 54 holes of tournament action will advance to match play to determine a national champion.