Putnam Leads Lobos in National Invitational 2nd Round
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 24, 2008

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The University of New Mexico men's golf team remained tied for second at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., after a 2-over round of 290 today. The Lobos are even-par (286-290=576) through 36 holes at the University of Arizona event, trailing TCU who leads at 11-under (275-290=565). Sophomore Brandon Putnam shot a career-low round for the second straight day, carding a 3-under 69 in his second round.

Putnam recorded his first sub-70 round as a Lobo and is currently 4-under (71-69=140). He is alone in fourth place in the individual race, three strokes off the pace set by TCU's Franklin Corpening (69-68=137, -7) and Tulsa's Nicolas Geyger (69-68=137, -7). Putnam, who came into the tournament with a 76.29 stroke average, has back-to-back under par rounds for the first time in his career. His round today included an eagle on the 535-yard par-5 second hole. He also sank four other birdies against three bogeys in his second round.

Junior Steve Saunders is tied for fifth at 3-under (68-73=141) after a 1-over 73 today. He had a steady 18 today with one birdie and a pair of bogeys. Senior Robb Bierbaum and junior Jon Sauer are both tied for 38th at 4-over. Bierbaum shot a 75 in the second round (73-75=148) that included one birdie and four bogeys. Sauer (75-73=148) was 1-under through 17 holes today before a double-bogey on the 469-yard par-4 18th dropped him to a 73. Tom Carlson finished with a 5-over 77 and is tied for 56th at 7-over (74-77=151). Carlson birdied two of his first three holes, but a seven on the 170-yard par-3 fourth hole sank his second round.

The Lobos will try to catch TCU in the third and final round tomorrow and the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. Live scores via GolfStat will be available on GoLobos.com.