Oct. 23, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot an 18-over 306 in today's final round of the Club Glove Intercollegiate in Somis, Calif. The Lobos posted the third lowest round of the day, moving up to a tie for ninth place in the 12-team event. New Mexico finished with a three-round total of 949 (323-320-306, +85). Pepperdine, the host of the tournament, won the event with a 41-over 905 (300-306-299).
Junior Steve Saunders led the Lobos with a 13th place showing. He posted a 54-hole total of 232 (74-83-75). Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm won the event at 9-over (73-72-80=225). Senior Robb Bierbaum finished in a tie for 27th overall, posting a 238 (84-79-75, +22). Saunders and Bierbaum had the low rounds for the Lobos today, posting a pair of 75s. Bierbaum had three birdies and six bogeys while Saunders had four bogeys and one birdie.
All of the players were battling the nasty Santa Ana winds and smoky conditions among the wildfires in southern California. Pepperdine University had evacuated its dorm prior to the start of the tournament, but the Saticoy Country Club was well out of harm's way.
"It was very windy again today, but we played a lot better than yesterday," state UNM head coach Glen Millican. "I have only seen conditions like this once or twice before in my career, but in college golf sometimes you run into things like this. It is as tough mentally as physically and you just have to grind through it. We will be a better team for having experienced what we did here these last two days."
Junior Jon Sauer (85-79-79=243, +27) tied for 45th, sophomore Kyle Nielsen (80-79-86=245, +29) tied for 49th and sophomore Brandon Putnam (87-83-77=247, +31) tied for 55th to round out the Lobo participants.
This is the last event for UNM for the fall season. New Mexico will next hit the links on Jan. 28, 2008, for the PING Arizona Intercollegiate.