March 11, 2008
OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to Statesboro, Ga. for the E-Z-Go Schenkel Invitational this weekend. The Lobos will take on their toughest field of the season with six of the 18-teams ranked in the NIKE/Golf Week Top-25. Action begins on March 14 at the Forest Heights Country Club with teams playing 18 holes on each day of the tournament. The E-Z-Go Schenkel Invitational is hosted by Georgia Southern University.
THE FIELD: Competing in the Schenkel is a highly ranked group of teams that include No. 3 Alabama, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 14 Auburn No. 15 Michigan State, No. 25 North Carolina, UAB, Augusta State, Boston College, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, LSU, Minnesota, New Mexico, N.C. State, North Florida, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
THE COURSE: The E-Z-Go Schenkel Invitational will be played on the par-72 Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.
RESULTS: Results can be found on the University of New Mexico web site at www.GoLobos.com following the conclusion of competition on each day. Live scores will also be available through GolfStat.com on GoLobos.com.
LOBO PLAYERS: Lobo head coach Glen Millican will go with juniors Jacob Lestishen, Parker Pemberton, Jon Sauer and Steve Saunders and redshirt freshman Tom Carlson this week. This is the second time in as many seasons UNM has traveled to the Schenkel Invitational, but only Saunders is making the return trip.
Will be making his first appearance in the line-up this spring after competing as an individual at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate. Finished second at the Tucker in the fall with a 4-under 212.
Shot a 3-over at the John Burns in his last action. Even-par 72 in the third round is his best varsity total of the year.
Playing in his seventh event of the season. Has a 73.67 stroke average after 18 rounds. Shot a 5-under 67 in the final round of the John Burns.
Finished tied for 11th with a 1-over 217 in last year's Schenkel (75-69-73). Has played in 20 rounds this season and owns a 74.50 stroke average.
Playing in his third event after making his Lobo debut at the PING Arizona. Led UNM with a 24th place finish (73-70-67=210) at 6-under at the John Burns.
LOBOS AT THE SCHENKEL INVITATIONAL: UNM played in the Schenkel Invitational last season for the first time under head coach Glen Millican. Junior Steve Saunders is the only Lobo returning to the Schenkel from last year's squad. UNM finished ninth out of 18 teams last year with a three-round total of 887, 25 strokes over par (299-293-297). Saunders 1-over 217 led UNM's individuals at last year's Schenkel.
PUTNAM DROPS IN FIRST CAREER ACE: UNM Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded his first ace on the 216-yard par 3 eighth hole at the Husky Invitational last week. He flew a 4-iron off the tee into the cup for the hole-in-one.
JOHN BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot a season low 279 in the final round to finish with a three-round total of 861 (290-292-279), three strokes under par and in 16th place in the 21-team field. UNM was led by junior Jon Sauer and freshman Tom Carlson, who both shot 5-under 67's today. Carlson finished tied for 24th at 6-under par (73-70-67=210) in just his second career start. Sauer had his first under-par round of the tournament and his lowest of the season today, finishing at 2-under (73-74-67=214) and tied for 44th.
PING ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth overall at 24-over par (292-294-290=876). No. 12 Tennessee won the 16-team event with a three round total of 832 (272-277-283), 20 strokes under par. Junior Steve Saunders finished with a three-round total of 218 (73-75-70) to finish in a tie for 26th in the individual race, five strokes over par. His final round 70 equals his lowest 18-hole score of the season.
CLUB GLOVE INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished with a three-round total of 949 (323-320-306, +85). Pepperdine, the host of the tournament, won the event with a 41-over 905 (300-306-299). Junior Steve Saunders led the Lobos with a 13th place showing. He posted a 54-hole total of 232 (74-83-75). Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm won the event at 9-over (73-72-80=225). Senior Robb Bierbaum finished in a tie for 27th overall, posting a 238 (84-79-75, +22). All of the players were battling the nasty Santa Ana winds and smoky conditions among the wildfires in southern California. Pepperdine University had evacuated its dorm prior to the start of the tournament, but the Saticoy Country Club was well out of harm's way. Junior Jon Sauer (85-79-79=243, +27) tied for 45th, sophomore Kyle Nielsen (80-79-86=245, +29) tied for 49th and sophomore Brandon Putnam (87-83-77=247, +31) tied for 55th to round out the Lobo participants.
WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth at the conclusion of the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern University. The Lobos posted a final score of 872, 20-over par (288-287-297) at the par-71 Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. Junior John Sauer led the way for UNM the whole tournament shooting an even-par 71 for the last 18 holes.
HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos finished in 12th place out of 13 teams with a two-round total of 33-over 609 (305-304). Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded a hole-in-one on the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole in the second round. Putnam played 36 holes today at 3-over par (74-73=147) and tied for 12th place in the individual race to lead UNM. The final round of the event was cancelled due to rain.
WILLIAM H. TUCKER INVITATIONAL RECAP: The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the 2007 William H. Tucker in seventh place after a final round 298 (+10) at the UNM Championship Course today. UNM ended the tournament with a 21-over total of 885 (297-290-298), 21 strokes behind Pepperdine's winning score of 864 (289-286-289, E). Junior Steve Saunders led UNM with a 1-under 215 (70-71-74), while Pepperdine's Jesse Barnsley won the individual title with a 12-under 201 (66-67-71).
GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished ninth at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. New Mexico finished with a three round total of 877 (291-295-291), 25 strokes off the pace set by Iowa State (286-283-283=852) and Wichita State (288-278-286=852). UNM was led by Putnam and Sauer, both finishing tied for 19th individually at 2-over (216). Chavez tied for 45th overall with a 7-over 223 (74-74-75). Saunders was one stroke back with a 224 (73-78-73, +8) while Lestishen tied for 51st at 225 (77-72-76, +9).
NEW MEXICO FLAVOR: For the first time in head coach Glen Millican's tenure, three native New Mexicans were in field at once for the Lobos. Junior Steve Saunders and sophomore Brandon Putnam from Albuquerque and junior Guillermo Chavez hails from Clovis competed at the season opening Gene Miranda Invitational and last week's Husky Invitational. Redshirt freshman Alez Zannes and freshmen James Gehrke, both from Albuquerque, give the Lobos a total of five New Mexicans on the roster.
MILLICAN SECOND IN CAREER WINS AMONG LOBO HEAD COACHES: The Lobos have won 13 events under current head coach Glen Millican, the second highest number by a head coach in school history. Dick McGuire won 28 times in his tenure from 1954-76.