Men's Golf Tees Off Spring Season at PING Arizona Monday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/24/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 24, 2008

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    OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to the PING Arizona Intercollegiate for a 36-hole event on Jan 28-29, 2008. The Lobos take on the 16-team field at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The event will feature 36 holes on Monday, Jan. 28 with the final 18 on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Each day will begin with an 8:00 a.m. (M.S.T.) shotgun start with continuous play.

    THE FIELD: Competing in the PING Arizona Intercollegiate along with the Lobos are a pair of Arizona squads, BYU, Cal, UC Irvine, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, No. 23 Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, UNLV and Washington.

    THE COURSE: The PING Arizona Intercollegiate will be played on the 6,900-yard, par-71 Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.

    RESULTS: Results can be found on the University of New Mexico web site at www.GoLobos.com following the conclusion of competition on each day. Live scores will also be available through GolfStat.com on GoLobos.com.

    LOBO PLAYERS: Lobo head coach Glen Millican will go with senior Robb Bierbaum, juniors Dan Saltz, Jon Sauer and Steve Saunders and redshirt freshman Tom Carlson this week. Carlson will be making his Lobo debut at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate. Juniors Jacob Lestishen and Parker Pemberton will play as individuals in the event.
    Bierbaum - 74-79-76=229, +16, T72 at last year's PING Arizona.
    Saltz - 75-74-75=224, +11, T57 at last year's PING Arizona
    Sauer - 3-under 210 at the Windon, tying for 5th.
    Saunders - 79-79-80=238, +25, T81 at last year's PING Arizona.
    Carlson - 1st collegiate event.

    LOBOS AT THE PING ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Lobos have played in the PING Arizona Intercollegiate each of UNM head coach Glen Millican's six seasons. UNM finished 12th at the event last season, led by Charlie Beljan's 10-under 203. Beljan tied for second in the individual race. New Mexico won the team title in 2005, posting a 12-under three-round total of 840. Here is a look at the Lobos' team finishes at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate under Millican:
    2002 • 282-282-289=853, +1 • T4th/20
    2003 • 287-283-278=848, -4 • T6th/18
    2004 • 275-269-290=834, -18 • 2nd/15
    2005 • 289-280-271=840, -12 • 1st/16
    2006 • 280-281-287=848, -4 • 4th16
    2006 • 290-292-293=875, +23 • 12th/16

    Juniors Dan Saltz and Steve Saunders have both competed at the PING Arizona in each of the last two seasons. Saunders posted a 1-under 212 to tie for 12th during his freshman season. Saltz shot an 11-over 224 last year. Senior Robb Bierbaum also played in the event last season, posting a 16-over 229.

    PUTNAM DROPS IN FIRST CAREER ACE: UNM Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded his first ace on the 216-yard par 3 eighth hole at the Husky Invitational last week. He flew a 4-iron off the tee into the cup for the hole-in-one.

    CLUB GLOVE INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished with a three-round total of 949 (323-320-306, +85). Pepperdine, the host of the tournament, won the event with a 41-over 905 (300-306-299). Junior Steve Saunders led the Lobos with a 13th place showing. He posted a 54-hole total of 232 (74-83-75). Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm won the event at 9-over (73-72-80=225). Senior Robb Bierbaum finished in a tie for 27th overall, posting a 238 (84-79-75, +22). All of the players were battling the nasty Santa Ana winds and smoky conditions among the wildfires in southern California. Pepperdine University had evacuated its dorm prior to the start of the tournament, but the Saticoy Country Club was well out of harm's way. Junior Jon Sauer (85-79-79=243, +27) tied for 45th, sophomore Kyle Nielsen (80-79-86=245, +29) tied for 49th and sophomore Brandon Putnam (87-83-77=247, +31) tied for 55th to round out the Lobo participants.

    WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth at the conclusion of the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern University. The Lobos posted a final score of 872, 20-over par (288-287-297) at the par-71 Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. Junior John Sauer led the way for UNM the whole tournament shooting an even-par 71 for the last 18 holes.

    HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos finished in 12th place out of 13 teams with a two-round total of 33-over 609 (305-304). Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded a hole-in-one on the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole in the second round. Putnam played 36 holes today at 3-over par (74-73=147) and tied for 12th place in the individual race to lead UNM. The final round of the event was cancelled due to rain.

    WILLIAM H. TUCKER INVITATIONAL RECAP: The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the 2007 William H. Tucker in seventh place after a final round 298 (+10) at the UNM Championship Course today. UNM ended the tournament with a 21-over total of 885 (297-290-298), 21 strokes behind Pepperdine's winning score of 864 (289-286-289, E). Junior Steve Saunders led UNM with a 1-under 215 (70-71-74), while Pepperdine's Jesse Barnsley won the individual title with a 12-under 201 (66-67-71).

    GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished ninth at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. New Mexico finished with a three round total of 877 (291-295-291), 25 strokes off the pace set by Iowa State (286-283-283=852) and Wichita State (288-278-286=852). UNM was led by Putnam and Sauer, both finishing tied for 19th individually at 2-over (216). Chavez tied for 45th overall with a 7-over 223 (74-74-75). Saunders was one stroke back with a 224 (73-78-73, +8) while Lestishen tied for 51st at 225 (77-72-76, +9).

    NEW MEXICO FLAVOR: For the first time in head coach Glen Millican's tenure, three native New Mexicans were in field at once for the Lobos. Junior Steve Saunders and sophomore Brandon Putnam from Albuquerque and junior Guillermo Chavez hails from Clovis competed at the season opening Gene Miranda Invitational and last week's Husky Invitational. Redshirt freshman Alez Zannes and freshmen James Gehrke, both from Albuquerque, give the Lobos a total of five New Mexicans on the roster.

    MILLICAN SECOND IN CAREER WINS AMONG HEAD COACHES: The Lobos have won 13 events under current head coach Glen Millican, the second highest number by a head coach in school history. Dick McGuire won 28 times in his tenure from 1954-76.

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