March 26, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot a 16-over par 304 in the first round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate today in Austin, Texas. The Lobos are tied for 12th in the rain-soaked event at the Austin Country Club. The second round scheduled for today was cancelled and the event has been shortened to 36 holes, concluding with the final 18 tomorrow.
Lobo sophomore Steve Saunders is tied for third in the individual race with a 2-under 70 in his first round. Starting on the fourth hole, Saunders birdied seven and eight to move to 2-under. He carded six consecutive pars before a bogey on the 552-yard, par-5 15th hole dropped him to 1-under. He finished his round with a birdie on the par-5 third hole to record his eighth round below par this season.
Kent State's David Ludlow posted a 66 to lead the field of 78 golfers on 14 teams. The Golden Flashes are also leading the team race with a 3-under 285 in the first round.
"Steve played a real solid round this morning," stated New Mexico head coach Glen Millican. "He kept the ball in play and this course is not bad if you keep it in the fairway. It is definitely more penalizing if you are missing off the tee. He was very steady and was able to put up a good number."
Junior Robb Bierbaum had three birdies and three bogeys in his opening round, but a 6 on the par-3 second hole pushed his total to a 3-over 75 on the day. Sophomore Nick Geyer had five bogeys and a triple on his way to a 79 today. Senior Charlie Beljan, ranked No. 5 in the nation by Golf Week, posted his worst round of the season, carding an 80 on the day. Both Beljan and Bierbaum found the water on the 192-yard third hole, leading to triple-bogeys for both players. Junior Parker Pemberton, playing in his second collegiate event at UNM, also posted an 80 today.
"We are certainly disappointed about being in 12th place," added Millican. "We expected a lot more coming into the tournament. We seem to go as Charlie goes, but we need someone to step up when he has a bad round. We hope to play better tomorrow and move up into the top half of this field, which we think we can do."
The final 18 will be played tomorrow at the Austin Country Club and live scoring will be available on GoLobos.com and www.golfstat.com