Sept. 21, 2009
Newport, R.I. - The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the first day of competition at the Adam's Cup of Newport in first place, leading nearest competitor Georgia Southern University by one stroke.
The Lobos posted a 7-over-par 287-296=583 through two rounds - one stroke better than Georgia Southern (291-293=584, +8) and two strokes better than Southern Methodist University (291-294-585, +9). Ohio State (296-292=584, +12) and Furman (297-295=592, +16) round out the top five.
New Mexico's first round score of 1-under-par 287 was good enough to give them a four-stroke lead after the first 18 holes. New Mexico posted the only team score under par in either round.
Individually, three Lobos are tied for seventh place and five of the six New Mexico golfers are in 21st place or better.
New Mexico freshman and Pittston, M.E., native Ryan Gay is tied for 12th place after shooting a 2-over 68-78=146. Gay, playing as an individual, led the tournament after one round at 4-under.
"We got off to a great start," said Lobos' head coach Glen Millican. "Those two 69s from Erkenbeck and Putnam were awesome.
"We gave up some shots in the second round and let some slip away," Millican said. "We're still in a great position. We can go out tomorrow, play a good final round and we'll have a great chance to win. That's all you can ask for."
New Mexico tees off Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. MST. Be sure to check back with GoLobos.com for final results.