Feb. 20, 2010
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawai'i - The University of New Mexico men's golf team continued its ascension up the leaderboard during the final round of the 33rd annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate Friday. The Lobos carded a 6-under par 282 in the final round, bringing their three-day total to an 11-under 853 and a fifth-place finish.
New Mexico found itself sitting in 12th place after shooting a 6-over 294 in Wednesday's first round. The Lobos responded with an 11-under 277 on Thursday and Friday's 6-under 282, leapfrogging seven teams. Included in that list of seven teams that New Mexico climbed past over the final two rounds is 25th-ranked SMU, No. 46 Fresno State, No. 55 Arizona and No. 57 Nevada. The Lobos are currently ranked 48th nationally.
"We had another good day of play to finish the event," coach Glen Millican said. "We're proud of how the guys responded to a poor first round and made a great comeback over the second and third rounds."
New Mexico's Nick Geyer and James Erkenbeck each notched a top-20 finish. Geyer carded a 5-under 72-66-73=211, finishing in a four-way tie for 11th place. Erkenbeck recovered from a first-round 78 nicely, shooting a second-round 4-under 68 and final round 6-under 66. Erkenbeck finished with a 4-under 212 - good for a tied for 15th place.
"James and Nick both did a wonderful job of leading the team this week," Millican said. "Those two really helped up climb back into the tournament and finish fifth with such a strong field."
Erkenbeck's final-round 66 came while the sophomore was experiencing severe pain in his lower back, according to Millican.
"James' play was very impressive today. Somehow he found a way to fight through and played an awesome round of golf - one of the most impressive rounds I have seen."
Texas A&M and UNLV finished tied for the team title at 28-under, with Brigham Young and California tying for third at 16-under.
1(t). Texas A&M 285-275-276=836, -28
1(t). UNLV 279-283-274=836, -28
3(t). Brigham Young 286-277=563, -16
3(t). California 278-280-290=848, -16
5. New Mexico 294-277-282=853, -11
6. Arizona 287-281-286=854, -10
7(t). Fresno State 286-287-282=,855 -9
7(t). SMU 278-292-285=855, -9
9. Nevada 281-291-294=866, +2
10. Denver 298-294283=875, +11
11. UC Santa Barbara 290-299-290=879, +15
12. UTEP 293-301-294=888, +24
13. Hawaii 293-297-302=892, +28
14. Hawaii Pacific 300-300-305=905, +41
15. BYU-Hawaii 308-305-309=922, +58
New Mexico Individual Standings
T11. Nick Geyer 72-66-73=211, -5
T15. James Erkenbeck 78-68-66=212, -4
T25. Samuel Chavez 74-71-71=216, E
T25. John Catlin 72-71-73=216, E
T29. Travis Ross 75-72-70=217, +1
T47. Ryan Gay 75-72-73=220, +4