March 13, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - University of New Mexico men's golf team spent the majority of Friday's first round at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in the top-5, looked like it was going to complete the day in the top-10, yet finished the day tied for 14th place with a 17-over-par 305.
The Lobos begin Saturday's second round only a few strokes from climbing back into contention, as every team in the field completed the first day over par. Florida leads at 4-over, with the rest of the field packed together between 6 and 16-over.
Individually, New Mexico's John Catlin and Travis Ross find themselves tied for 25th-place in the 75-man field after the first round, each having shot a 3-over-par 75. The duo is seven strokes out of the lead, held by TCU's Johan de Beer and the Gators' Tyson Alexander at 4-under.
Both Catlin and Ross, each sitting at par for the day before falling victim to late bogeys in the opening round, are within three strokes of finding themselves in the top 10.
The Southern Highlands Golf Club was expected to provide an ample challenge to the collegiate field, and thus far it hasn't disappointed. The par-72 course that measures 7,510 yards and is ranked 34th in Golf Digest Index for best the modern-day golf courses in the nation and 27th in the Top 50 Private Golf Courses by GolfWorld.
According to the Lobos, the greens are as slick as advertised.
"These greens are as fast as any I've ever seen," said senior Nick Geyer. "They're really challenging and are a big factor when considering how to hit your approach."
Geyer shot a 6-over 78, hovering around par until scoring a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 14th hole. Sophomore James Erkenbeck, who entered the tournament with five consecutive top-20 finishes and top-10 finishes in three of his last five tournaments, carded a 10-over 82.
The Lobos begin Saturday's second round at 10 a.m. MST. Live stats are available at Golfstat.com, with full stats, daily recaps, photo galleries and video highlights available at GoLobos.com.