Lobos 12th After First Day at John A Burns Intercollegiate
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 18, 2010

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawai'i - The University of New Mexico men's golf team concluded the first of three days of play at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate with some catch-up work to do if it wants to climb into contention.

The Lobos carded a collective 6-over-par 294 Wednesday at the Leilehua Golf Course on the island of O'ahu - good for a 12th-place standing heading into Thursday's second round. California and Southern Methodist share the lead at 10-under par.

With 18 of the 54 holes of the Burns in the books, New Mexico has 36 holes left to make a move up the leaderboard.

"We had a tough day, but we're capable of playing much better golf tomorrow," New Mexico coach Glen Millican said. "This is a course where we've scored well before. We know we can do it again if we play the kind of golf we're capable of."

Individually, senior Nick Geyer and freshman John Catlin each shot an even-par 72 to pace the Lobos. Junior Sam Chavez is tied for 48th place with a 2-over 74, while classmate Travis Ross and freshman Ryan Gay are each tied for 55th after carding a 3-over 75. Chavez is playing as an individual.

Sophomore James Erkenbeck, the individual medalist at the 2009 Burns, shot a 6-over 78 and is tied for 73rd.

California's Stephen Hale holds the individual lead after shooting a 7-under 65. Hale's teammate Eric Mina, UNLV's Derek Ernst and SMU's Ben Tewes are tied for second at with 4-under 68s, while SMU's Kelly Kraft, Brigham Young's Zachary Blair, Nevada's Scott Smith and UNLV's Jeremiah Wooding are tied for fifth.

Thursday's second round begins at noon, MST. Be sure to check GoLobos.com for daily recaps of all the action at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.

John A. Burns Intercollegiate
Day 1 Results

Team Standings
1(t). SMU 278, -10
California 278, -10
3. UNLV 279, -9
4. Nevada 281, -7
5. Texas A&M 285, -3
6(t). Brigham Young 286, -2
Fresno State 286, -2
8. Arizona 287, -1
9. UC Santa Barbara 290, +2
10(t). Texas El Paso 293, +5
Hawaii 293, +5
12. New Mexico 294, +6
13. Denver 298, +10
14. Hawaii Pacific 300, +12
15. BYU-Hawaii 308, +20

New Mexico Individual Standings
26(t). Nick Geyer 72, E
John Catlin 72, E
48(t). Sam Chavez 74, +2
55(t). Travis Ross 75, +3
Ryan Gay 75, +3
73(t). James Erkenbeck 78, +6