March 11, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the first day of the Jim Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 12-over-par and in 12th place overall. The field played 36 holes today at the 6,950-yard, par-72 TPC of Myrtle Beach course. Lamar scorched the 18-team field, jumping to a seven stroke lead with a 23-under-par total of 553 after two rounds. Southern Cal (-16) and host Coastal Carolina (-4) were the only other teams in the field to post red numbers on the day.
Individually, senior Charlie Beljan carded a two-under 172 after two rounds and is tied for 11th. Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State and Tom Glissmeyer of Southern Cal lead the individual race with a two-round total of 135, nine strokes under par.
Beljan started play on the par-4 11th, stumbling to a double bogey. He came right back with a birdie on 12 and after bogeying 13, he went on to birdie four of the next six holes. His hot streak left him at -2 through the first nine holes of his first round. Beljan kept that -2 mark with two birdies and two bogies in his last nine.
Beljan also started his second round on the 11th hole and was steady through the first five with pars on each. He went on to birdie the par-4 16th and par-5 18th, moving to two under after eight holes. He also birdied the par-5 sixth, but boogies on three, eight and nine, left him with an even par 72 in the second round, remaining at two-under par for the tournament.
Sophomore Steve Saunders had an eagle on the 538-yard par-5 18th hole in his first round, but five bogies and a double-bogey left him with a four-over 76. He shot a solid 72 in the second round that included three birdies in his last six holes.
Junior Rob Bierbaum was one-under through 11 holes in his first round, but bogeyed three of his last seven to post a 75 in the first round. His second round didn't start much better than the first ended, going bogey-bogey-double bogey in his first three holes. However, he settled down and scored 10 straight pars to finish with a 76, seven-over-par for the tournament.
Sophomores Guillermo Chavez and Nick Geyer also competed for UNM today. Chavez opened with an even-par 72, but ballooned to nine over for the tournament with an 81 in his second round. Geyer posted a 79 in the first round and a 75 in the second.
The Lobos concluded the Jim Hackler Championship tomorrow at the TPC at Myrtle Beach. Complete results can be found on www.GolfStat.com