New Mexico Headed To PING/Golfweek Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/26/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 26, 2009

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    The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to Bremerton, Wash. for the prestigious PING/Golfweek Invitational, played Sept. 27-28.

    The PING, a 54-hole tournament held each fall, is intended to be a preview of the NCAA National Championship event and its field is stockpiled with teams ranked in the Golfweek college top 50.

    The 2009 PING/Golfweek Invitational includes three of the top-five teams in the Golfweek rankings in No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Chattanooga. In all, 11 of the 15 teams invited are currently ranked in the top 50, including the tournament host, No. 12 Washington.

    New Mexico, ranked No. 59 after two events, is one of four Mountain West Conference teams participating.

    Defending NCAA National Champion Texas A&M is also a member of the field.

    "I was thrilled in June when we got invited," said Lobos' coach Glen Millican. "We're looking forward to the trip. This event has been going on as long as I've been involved in college golf. It always has a strong field and is always at a great golf course. It's one that you look forward to and feel fortunate to be able to put on your schedule."

    The course Millican's golfers are facing is the Gold Mountain Golf Course located just southeast of the southernmost tip of the Sinclair Inlet of the Puget Sound, roughly 10 miles southeast of Seattle.

    The five Lobos playing in the PING are seniors Nick Geyer and Brandon Putnam, junior Travis Ross, sophomore James Erkenbeck and freshman John Catlin.

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