Oct. 1, 2007
University of New Mexico men's golfer Brandon Putnam carded a hole-in-one on the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole in the second round of the Husky Invitational today. Putnam played 36 holes today at 3-over par (74-73=147) and is currently tied for 12th place in the individual race to lead UNM. As a team, the Lobos had a rough outing in today's first two rounds hosted by the University of Washington. The Lobos shot a 33-over 609 (305-304) in the first 36 holes on the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Oregon State leads the event at 6-over par with a number of groups still on the course when play ended due to darkness.
The Lobos teed off on the back nine today and each golfer had a rough start to the cold and windy day. Putnam opened his first round with back-to-back bogeys. He then bogeyed 16 and birdied 17 to go out in 38. Two more birdies at No. 2 and No. 6, coupled with bogeys on No. 4 and No. 9, gave him a 74 in the first 18 holes. Putnam was looking at the same score in the second round, sitting on 2-over through 16 holes in the afternoon. He pulled a four-iron on No. 8, his next to last hole of the day, and flew it into the cup for the first ace of his entire golfing career. He went on to bogey No. 9 for the second time today to post a 73 in the second round.
"We had it measured at 216 yards to the pin," added Putnam. "I knew when I hit it that it was going to be back there. We all heard it hit the pin, but we couldn't tell if it went off the back of the green. I was about 10 yards out when coach Millican told me it was in the cup. It is certainly something I will always remember. More importantly, it got me back to even par."
"Brandon played some really solid golf from start to finish today," stated UNM head coach Glen Millican. "He left some shots out there on the easy holes, but had some great shots on the harder holes. His ace on No. 8 certainly helped. He has a chance to move up the leader board if he can keep his play up in tomorrow's final round."
Senior Robb Bierbaum had a very steady opening round of 72 today. He birdied two of his first seven holes, making the turn at 1-under. Bogeys at No. 5 and No. 7 left him at 1-over par, but he managed a 4 on the par-5 ninth hole to finish at even par for the opening 18 holes. In the second round, Bierbaum ballooned to four over after bogeys on four of the first six holes. His only birdie in the second round came on No. 18, finishing the day with a 77. Bierbaum is tied for 16th with a 5-over two round total of 149 (72-77).
"Robb had a solid round in the morning and played well through the first 18 holes," added Millican. "He made some costly mistakes in his second round and his scorecard showed that. He needs to cut down on his errors on the easy holes to stay among the leaders."
Junior Guillermo Chavez finished 11-over (78-77=155) while junior Steve Saunders carded a two-round total of 159 (82-77, +15). Junior Jacob Lestishen also played for UNM today, posting a 163 (81-82, +19).
"The rest of the guys just didn't get it done today" continued Millican. "It is very disappointing to see them make one mistake and not be able to move past it. They have to be able to forget about a bad shot and not let it affect them for the next few holes."
The final round begins tomorrow with tee times at 8:30 a.m. (M.D.T.). Live scoring will again be available on GoLobos.com and www.GolfStat.com.