April 15, 2007
University of New Mexico senior men's golfer Charlie Beljan won the Arizona State University Thunderbird Invitational today, shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish the tournament 15 strokes under par (66-67-68=201). As a team, the Lobos posted a three-round total of 857 (291-277-289), seven strokes under par and an eighth place finish.
Beljan came into the weekend ranked 15th in the nation according to the Golf Week Magazine individual rankings. However, only two of his last eight rounds had been under par. He posted three birdies on his front side to go out in 32. He moved to 5-under with a birdie on 13, but bogeys on 16 and 18 left him with a 68 for the day. The ASU Thunderbird Invitational marks his third win of the year and his opening round 66 tied a career low. His three-round total of 201 is also is also a career low for a tournament.
"Charlie definitely got back on track this weekend," stated UNM head coach Glen Millican. "When he is playing his game, hitting greens and can get the putter going, he is tough to beat. He didn't make a lot of mistakes this weekend and that's why you saw him post three scores under par."
Sophomore Steve Saunders finished tied for 23rd (71-67-77=215, -1) after stumbling to a final round 77. He started the day tied for fifth after posting under par rounds in the first two days of action. His 5-under 67 in the second round tied a career low.
Sophomore Parker Pemberton (80-79-73=232, +16) shot a 1-over 73 today while fellow sophomore Kyle Nielsen (78-72-74=224, +8) and junior Robb Bierbaum (76-71-74=221, +5) both carded 74s in the final round.
"It was a good finish for us and it could have been even better," added Millican. "We didn't play well the first day and that kept us out of the top-5. We bounced back on Saturday with an 11-under that tied for the low round of the tournament. Everyone on the team had some bright spots and I think there were a lot of positive to take away from this weekend."
The Lobos travel to Provo, Utah, next weekend for the BYU Cougar Classic on April 20-21.