Lobos in Eighth Place After Two Rounds of the National Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/02/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 2, 2007

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The University of New Mexico men's golf team sits in eighth place after two rounds at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Lobos finished with a 5-under-par 283, tying for second in the 15-team event after the morning round. UNM moved to even on the tournament with a 293 in the second round today. Senior Charlie Beljan has a two-round total of 143 (68-75) and is tied for 14th in the individual race.

The Lobos are one of two teams not ranked in the top-50 in the National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. No. 24 Tulsa leads the event at 12-under par after two rounds, while Golden Hurricane Ryan Henry is the two-round individual leader at 8-under-par.

Beljan was on fire out of the gate, carding birdies on four of his first five holes of the tournament. He finished his first round with seven birdies and four bogeys to post a 4-under-par 68. Beljan never got going in the second round, posting a double-bogey on No. 6 on his way to a 3-over 75.

Sophomore Steve Saunders posted a 75 in his morning 18, and got off to a very rough start in the second round. He doubled the first hole and was 3-over after two in his afternoon round. After going in 38, Saunders logged five birdies on the back side to finish in 32 and on his way to a 2-under score of 70. He and fellow Lobo Robb Bierbaum are tied for 28th in the individual race at 1-over.

Bierbaum was the steadier of the two in his first day, shooting an even 72 in the morning and a 73 in the second round. Sophomore Parker Pemberton started the day with a 70, but had five bogeys in his second round to post a 76. Sophomore Nick Geyer sits at 4-over for the tournament after shooting 73 and 75 in the first two rounds.

The Lobos will finish play tomorrow with the final round at the National Invitational Tournament.