Lobo Men's Golf Team Stays in Thick of Golfweek Preview Hunt

Sept. 24, 2012

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In Alpharetta, Ga., Monday's performance during the second round of the PING Golfweek Preview that the 18th-ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team turned in could be good or bad - depending on the vantage point.

The Lobos fell two spots from a tie for third to a tie for fifth in the 15-team (14-ranked-team) tournament at the Capital City Club Crabapple course, site of the 2013 NCAA Championships. But they actually trimmed their deficit behind the tourney leader by one stroke from Sunday's first round.

UNM shot a 4-over 284 for a two-day total of 11-over 571 and trails leader and fifth-ranked UCLA by five strokes. The Bruins also shot a 4-over 284 Monday but moved one stroke ahead of first-round leader and No. 15 UNLV (6-over 286 on Monday).

The Rebels led UNM by six strokes after Sunday's first round.

No. 2 California and No. 4/host Georgia Tech are tied for third at 9-over 569 - the Golden Bears and No. 9 Texas A&M tied for the low round with an even-par 280. New Mexico is tied with No. 6 Washington (2-over 282 on Monday) for fifth.

"I'm very pleased with where we are," Lobo coach Glen Millican said. "To be 11 over par on this course after two rounds is very good golf. We put ourselves in position to have a chance to win, and we know we've got enough guys who can play well enough to give us that chance."

Nine teams are within nine strokes of the lead.

UNM sophomore Gavin Green tied for Monday's low round with a 3-under 67 and will start Tuesday's final round in second place at 2-under 138 in the 75-player field. He trails San Diego State's Tom Berry (67-69=136) by two strokes.

Green, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had five birdies and two bogeys during his round.

"Gavin played great for us," Millican said. "He did a real good job of getting up and down. He struggled with bogeys on (Nos.) 13 and 14 but recovered with a nice birdie on 17."

Senior John Catlin is tied for 20th at 3 over par (73-70=143). Senior James Erkenbeck (73-74) and sophomore Victor Perez (74-73) are tied for 46th at 7-over 147. Sophomore Sean Romero, who had an even-par 70 to lead UNM in the first round, struggled with a 79 Monday and is tied for 60th at 9-over 149.

The Lobos will tee off at 7:20 a.m. Mountain Time in Tuesday's final round, with California and Washington as their playing partners.