March 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. --- University of New Mexico golfer Travis Ross shot a final round, 1-under-par 71 at the National Invitational Tournament, finishing in a seven-way tie for fifth place and scoring his second top-5 finish in as many tournaments in the process.
Ross finished at 1-under for the tournament with a three-round total of 69-75-71=215.He finished five strokes behind tournament medalist, Texas' Dylan Frittelli. The tournament was held at the OMNI Tucson National Golf Club.
Ross finished in fourth place last weekend at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., marking the first time he's finished in the top 5 during his college career.
"It feels pretty good," Ross said. " I haven't really played this well all season. It's definitely nice, although I wish we could have finished better as a team."
Following Ross on the leaderboard for the Lobos was John Catlin, who finished tied for 12th-place with an even-par, 72-71-73=216. Ross now has finished in the top 25 five times in eight varsity tournaments.
"I'm playing pretty good and hitting the ball solid," Catlin said. "I've got to a better pre-shot routine and I'm not as anxious as I was in Las Vegas."
As a team, the Lobos tied with Baylor for eighth place with a 15-over 294-296-289=879, shooing 1-over in Thursday's final round. Texas Christian took team honors with a 12-under 286-283-283=852.
"We responded well today and shot a pretty good round of golf," coach Glen Millican said. "I'm proud of the way we came back and responded after the way we struggled yesterday."
The Lobos are in action next at the Calloway Collegiate Match Play in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, March 21. Though Tuesday, March 23.