April 6, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas --- The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot a 12-over-par 281-299=580 Monday to find itself just one stroke off the lead at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The Lobos, who led for most of the day, trail only the host Longhorns. Texas shot an 11-over 292-287-579.
New Mexico posted a 3-under 281 in the first 18 of the day - six strokes better then any team could muster in either round.
The Lobos will get their chance to catch the Longhorns Tuesday morning. The Lobos are scheduled to tee off for the final 18 holes of the 54-hole event between 8:30 and 9:09 am, MT.
The top 10 of the individual leader board lists three Lobos, including co-leader John Catlin. The freshman is tied with SMU's Ben Tewes at even par for the outright tournament lead. Catlin shot a 96-73=142.
"We had a great first round," coach Glen Millican said. "You couldn't have asked for a better first round. Still had a solid second round, and have put ourselves in a good position going into the final round
Travis Ross, named the Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Month for March only last week, is only one stroke behind Catlin and Tewes, in a three-way tie for third after carding a 1-over 71-72=143. Ross is tied with Texas' Lance Lopez and Texas Tech's Chris Ward, each also having shot identical 72-71-143s.
"That was a great first round," Ross said. "We fought in the second round to give ourselves a chance at winning two (tournaments) in a row. It would be pretty special if we can go out and get it done tomorrow."
Senior Nick Geyer is in a three-way tie for eighth place after carding a 3-over 68-77=145. With that first-round 3-under-par 68, Geyer registered the lowest round of the tournament.
Sophomore James Erkenbeck finished in a 10-way tie for 32nd, shooting an 8-over 73-77=150. Erkenbeck had been in the top 10 for the majority of the first day before carding six straight bogeys on holes 4-10 of round two. He responded with three straight birdies on holes 13-15, only to close with three more bogeys on holes 16-18.
This is the 44th playing of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Former medalists include such names as Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Brad Elder, Bob Estes, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart.
Host school: The University of Texas
Course par and yardage: Par 71; 7,412 Yards
2009 team champion: Oklahoma State, 863 (+11)
2009 co-medalists: Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State) and Tom Glissmeyer (USC) - [212, (-1)]
2010 Morris Williams Intercollegiate field: Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU, Kansas State, LSU, Texas Tech, Baylor, UTSA, Arkansas, Georgia, Pepperdine, SMU, New Mexico and Tulsa.
Final Round: Tuesday, April 6, 8 a.m. MT
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com