May 21, 2010
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BREMERTON, Wash. --- The University of New Mexico men's golf team never was able to find its rhythm during a cold, rain-soaked Thursday at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The Lobos finished the opening round of the NCAA Washington Regional -- delayed 90 minutes due to downpours in the area -- with a 21-over-par 309 and in 12th place.
The Lobos find themselves 15 strokes and seven places behind fifth-place San Diego and an invitation to the NCAA Championship with 36 holes of golf to play. Only the top five teams and top individual advance to the national title tournament, held June 1-6 at the Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn.
Individually, both Travis Ross and Nick Geyer paced New Mexico with 4-over 76s and are tied for 41st place. They're followed by John Catlin, who's in a six-way tie for 51st with a 6-over 78. Tom Carlson is in a nine-way tie after having carded a 7-over 79, and James Erkenbeck shot a 9-over 81 to see him tied fir 71st. Catlin, Ross and Erkenbeck each opened the tournament with a double bogey 6 on the first hole.
Host Washington leads the 13-team field, having shot a 2-under 286, followed by Colorado State and Oregon, tied for second with matching 3-over 291s. Illinois shot a 5-over 293 to claim fourth, while the Toreros hold down the fifth spot at 6-over.
Individually, Denver's Espen Kofstad and the Rams' Dustin Morris are tied for the lead, having carded 3-under 69s. Nebraska's Brandon Crick, the Illini's Luke Guthrie and Washington's Darren Wallace tied for third with 2-under 70s.
The Lobos' start the second round at 9:50 a.m. MT, with Erkenbeck teeing off first, followed by Carlson at 9 a.m., Catlin at 9:10, Geyer at 9:20 and Ross at 9:30.