Sept. 12, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico's men's golf team closed out the 55th playing of the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico Championship golf course, rebounding from a tough first day to finish in seventh place out of a field of 17. New Mexico finished with a 10-over-par 297-289-288=874.
Ross finished tied for 13th at 1-under (74-73-68=215) to finish as the Lobos' top performer. The junior from Crookston, Minn., carded a 4-under-par 68 in the final round. Geyer, a senior, finished with an even-par 74-72-70=216.
Smith, a redshirt freshman, and Catlin, a true freshman, were playing in their first collegiate tournament ever. Smith shot a 1-over 73-68-76=217 while Catlin shot a 76-73-71=220.
"I think, considering it was their first college tournament ever, that was a great job by those two," New Mexico coach Glen Millican said. "John shot a better round each round closing with a round under par, which is impressive considering he's only been in school for three weeks."
UNLV's Derek Ernst and Colby Smith tied for medalist honors, each shooting 8-under. Air Force's Tom Whitney finished third at 6-under, tying BYU's Robbie Fillmore for third place. New Mexico State's Timothy Madigan rounded out the top five at 5-under.
UNLV took top team honors, finishing with a 21-under 282-273-288=843. San Diego State was the only other team to finish under par with a 5-under 291-276-292=859. Brigham Young (287-293-287=867, +3) and Baylor (293-285-290=868, +4) finished third and fourth while Pepperdine (292-278-299=869, +5) and defending NCAA national champion Texas A&M (287-288-294=869, +5) finished tied for fifth.
The Tucker's first day was cut short by a weather delay, causing the field to complete four holes the second round today before getting into the final round. The Lobos finished the first round at 9-over, and the first day of competition before the weather delay at 15-over, but managed to gain back five strokes on the final day.
"We really put ourselves behind the eight-ball after that first round," Millican said. "But our guys refused to give in and instead made a tournament out if it. We finished five-under as a team for the final 22 holes we played today."