Oct. 10, 2009
UNM HEADS TO THE BAY AREA - The 40th-ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team is traveling to Fairfax, Calif. to take part in the seventh playing of the Allister MacKenzie Invitational Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13. The MacKenzie, hosted by Cal-Berkley, is a 54-hole tournament in which the teams play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 the following day. This is the first time the Lobos take part in the Invitational.
Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com, with daily recaps available on GoLobos.com.
ALLISTER MACKENZIE COMPETITORS: The 15-team field includes six teams ranked in the top-50 and 11 teams ranked top-100 of Golfweek's Oct. 4 poll: No. 8 Oregon State, No. 26 California, No. 27 San Diego State, No. 28 San Diego State, No. 33 Oregon, No. 40 New Mexico, No. 52 Minnesota, No. 57 Washington State, No. 60 Indiana, No. 81 San Jose State and No. 98 Colorado. Also participating are Fresno State, San Francisco, UC Irvine and Wisconsin.
LOBO LINEUP: Head coach Glen Millican will send the following: sophomore James Erkenbeck, freshman John Catlin, junior Travis Ross, senior Nick Geyer and junior Tom Carlson. Lineups for the 15-team field include five players with the top four scores for each team counting towards its total score.
MacKenzie Team Champions: 2007 - San Diego State 2006 - California 2005 - California 2004 - Oregon State 2003 - California 2002 - Fresno State
Individual Champions: 2007 - Daryl Fathauer, Louisville 2006 - Michael Wilson, California 2005 - Jon Rosa, Fresno State 2004 - Dillon Dougherty, Northwestern 2003 - Steve Conway, UCLA 2002 - Nick Watney, Fresno State
MEADOW CLUB FACTS: A Dr. Alister MacKenzie design established in 1927, The Meadow Club is located in the North Bay's Marin County. The course sits high above the town of Fairfax, near the Pacific Ocean. Meadow Club has hosted the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship, the 2001 US Open qualifying, the 1997 NorCal PGA Section Championship and the 1990 NCGA Junior Championship.
ERKENBECK NOTCHES TOP-10 FINISH: James Erkenbeck led New Mexico to a sixth-place finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in Bremerton, Wash. this past Sunday and Monday, Sept. 27-28. The Sophomore's 5-over-par 76-72-73=221 tied him for 10th place individually in a 75-golfer field that included golfers from 12 teams ranked in the Golfweek NCAA top 50.
His performance at the PING capped off a month in which Erkenbeck averaged 73.67 strokes for his nine rounds of varsity play - tops for New Mexico. Only a sophomore, Erkenbeck has already notched a tournament win (at the John Burns Intercollegiate last season), three top-10 finishes and 10 top-25 finishes through 16 varsity tournaments.
Erkenbeck's performance at the PING tops an already strong September. He also finished tied for 13th at the Adams Cup of Newport to lead the Lobos to a third-place finish with a 5-over 69-76-76=221. He kicked off his 2009-10 season with a 5-over 73-74-74=221 at the William H. Tucker Invitational.
CLIMBING THE RANKINGS: New Mexico has jumped 19 spots in the Golfweek national collegiate golf team rankings in the past two weeks, thanks in large part to its strong showing at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational. The Lobos enter the Allister MacKenzie ranked No. 40.