Saunders Ties for 1st Place at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/28/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 27, 2007

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The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot a final round 283, 5-under-par, today in the rain shortened Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas. Sophomore Steve Saunders tied for medalist honors after posting a 3-under, 69 in today's round to finish at 5-under (70-69=139) for the tournament.

Saunders tie for first place marked his career best finish and is his second career top-10 after tying for seventh at the John Burn Intercollegiate as a freshman. Saunders started the day on the back nine of the 6,906-yard, par-72 Austin Country Club. He posted birdies on 11 and 17 to go out in 34. He move to 3-under for the day with another birdie on third, but gave a shot back with a bogey on the fourth. He posted a three on the par-4 fifth hole, and finished with four pars to card his eighth round under par on the year.

Saunders wasn't the only Lobo to finish in the red on the day. Senior Charlie Beljan and freshman Parker Pemberton both rebounded from opening round 80s to shoot 69 today. Both players had nearly identical rounds with five birdies and two bogeys each. It was the low round of the year fro Pemberton and the fifth time this season Beljan shot under 70. Both players finished the tournament a 5-over and in a tie for 42nd place.

Junior Robb Bierbaum and sophomore Nick Geyer also played for UNM today. Bierbaum posted a 4-over 76 while Geyer carded a 79 in the final round. Bierbaum had a two-day total of 151 (75-76), finishing in a tie for 55th. Geyer's pair of 79s left him at 14-over and in 74th out of 78 total golfers.

As a team, the Lobos moved from 12th to seventh on the final day with a two-round total of 11-over-par (304-283=587). UNLV won the event at 8-under (288-280=568). UNM next travels to the National Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., on April 2-3.