Oct. 12, 2009
FAIRFAX, CALIF. - University of New Mexico sophomore James Erkenbeck fired a 6-under-par 65 in the second round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, propelling him to a 7-under 135 and tie for third place after one day of competition.
Erkenbeck sits three shots off the lead entering Tuesday's final round. Cal's Stephen Hale leads all individuals after carding a 10-under 68-64=132. Erkenbeck 's second-round 65 ties his career low and is the second lowest round recorded at the 54-hole event. Erkenbeck's other 65 came in the final round of the John Burns Intercollegiate, an event at which he took top individual honors.
The Lobos posted a pair of even-par 284s and are tied for ninth place with Colorado State at 568. The host Bears lead the MacKenzie at 23-under, having shot 278 in the first round and 267 in the second. Host Cal enters Tuesday's third round with a 545. Oregon (276-283=550, -18), Colorado (280-275=555, -13), Oregon State (277-279=556, -12) and Fresno State (270-287=557, -11) round out the top five.
New Mexico's John Catlin shot an even par 68-74=142 and is tied for 31st. Travis Ross is tied for 47th after carding a 4-over 75-71=146. Nick Geyer is tied for 57th after shooting a 6-over 74-74=148 and Tom Carlson is tied for 67th with an 8-over 72-78=150.
The Lobos start the third round Tuesday morning at 9:00, MST. Follow New Mexico's progress throughout the round via live scoring at Golfstat.com.