Lobos Travel to National Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/22/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 22, 2008

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OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to Tucson, Ariz. for the 2008 National Invitational Tournament. Hosted by the University of Arizona, the National Invitational is one of the top golf tournament of the spring season in the region. The Lobos will be making their sixth straight trip to the National Invitational. Teams begin competition on Sunday, March 23, and will play 18 holes on each of the three-day event.

THE FIELD: Competing in the National Invitational is Arizona (2), Arizona State, Houston, Iowa, Kent State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Sam Houston State, TCU, Tulsa, No. 19 UNLV and Virginia.

THE COURSE: The National Invitational will be played on the 7,033-yard par-72 Omni Tucson National Golf Club.

RESULTS: Results can be found on the University of New Mexico web site at www.GoLobos.com following the conclusion of competition on each day. Live scores will also be available through GolfStat.com on GoLobos.com.

FAMILIAR COURSE: Not only did the Lobos play in the last five National Invitationals at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club, but UNM also participated in the MWC Championships last year on the same course. The 2008 MWC Championships will also be held on the Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club.

LOBO PLAYERS: Lobo head coach Glen Millican will go with senior Robb Bierbaum, juniors Jon Sauer and Steve Saunders, sophomore Brandon Putnam and redshirt freshman Tom Carlson this week.
Robb Bierbaum
Making his first appearance since the PING Arizona in late January. This is his third trip to the National Invitational overall.
Jon Sauer
Playing in his eighth event of the season. Led UNM with a 2-over 218 at the Schenkel last time out
Steve Saunders
Has post under-par rounds in four of his last five at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course. Shot 68-69 in the last two rounds of the MWC Championships and a pair of 70s in the last two rounds in last year's National.
Brandon Putnam
Playing in his first event of the spring season.
Tom Carlson
Continues to improve in the spring season, having played in all three events this semester.

LOBOS AT THE SCHENKEL INVITATIONAL: UNM has teed it up in the last five National Invitationals. The Lobos' best showing was a second place finish back in 2003. Last year, the Lobos posted an 8-over 872 to place 10th out of 15 teams. Saunders led UNM with a 1-under 215 (75-70-70) last season, tying for 16th in the individual race.

PUTNAM DROPS IN FIRST CAREER ACE: UNM Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded his first ace on the 216-yard par 3 eighth hole at the Husky Invitational last week. He flew a 4-iron off the tee into the cup for the hole-in-one.

SCHENKEL INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos shot a final round 303 at the E-Z-Go Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., to finish the 18-team event in 17th place at 37-over par (304-294-303=901). No. 1 Alabama took home the team title, finishing at 15-under par (285-280-284=849). Junior Jon Sauer shot a 2-under 70 in today's third round at the Forest Heights Country Club. It was the only under par round for any Lobo on the weekend. Sauer finished tied for 25th overall with a 2-over 218 (74-74-70) 218 total after 54 holes. Juniors Jacob Lestishen and Steve Saunders both tied for 72nd place with a 13-over total of 229. Lestishen shot a 78 today (79-72-78) while Saunders posted a final round 74 (79-75-74). Freshman Tom Carlson was one stroke back in 77th place with a 14-over 230 (74-75-81). Junior Parker Pemberton tied for 85th with a 16-over 232 (77-73-82).

JOHN BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: The University of New Mexico men's golf team shot a season low 279 in the final round to finish with a three-round total of 861 (290-292-279), three strokes under par and in 16th place in the 21-team field. UNM was led by junior Jon Sauer and freshman Tom Carlson, who both shot 5-under 67's today. Carlson finished tied for 24th at 6-under par (73-70-67=210) in just his second career start. Sauer had his first under-par round of the tournament and his lowest of the season today, finishing at 2-under (73-74-67=214) and tied for 44th.

PING ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth overall at 24-over par (292-294-290=876). No. 12 Tennessee won the 16-team event with a three round total of 832 (272-277-283), 20 strokes under par. Junior Steve Saunders finished with a three-round total of 218 (73-75-70) to finish in a tie for 26th in the individual race, five strokes over par. His final round 70 equals his lowest 18-hole score of the season.

CLUB GLOVE INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM 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). 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. 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.

WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth at the conclusion of the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern University. The Lobos posted a final score of 872, 20-over par (288-287-297) at the par-71 Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. Junior John Sauer led the way for UNM the whole tournament shooting an even-par 71 for the last 18 holes.

HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos finished in 12th place out of 13 teams with a two-round total of 33-over 609 (305-304). Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded a hole-in-one on the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole in the second round. Putnam played 36 holes today at 3-over par (74-73=147) and tied for 12th place in the individual race to lead UNM. The final round of the event was cancelled due to rain.

WILLIAM H. TUCKER INVITATIONAL RECAP: The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the 2007 William H. Tucker in seventh place after a final round 298 (+10) at the UNM Championship Course today. UNM ended the tournament with a 21-over total of 885 (297-290-298), 21 strokes behind Pepperdine's winning score of 864 (289-286-289, E). Junior Steve Saunders led UNM with a 1-under 215 (70-71-74), while Pepperdine's Jesse Barnsley won the individual title with a 12-under 201 (66-67-71).

GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished ninth at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. New Mexico finished with a three round total of 877 (291-295-291), 25 strokes off the pace set by Iowa State (286-283-283=852) and Wichita State (288-278-286=852). UNM was led by Putnam and Sauer, both finishing tied for 19th individually at 2-over (216). Chavez tied for 45th overall with a 7-over 223 (74-74-75). Saunders was one stroke back with a 224 (73-78-73, +8) while Lestishen tied for 51st at 225 (77-72-76, +9).

NEW MEXICO FLAVOR: For the first time in head coach Glen Millican's tenure, three native New Mexicans were in field at once for the Lobos. Junior Steve Saunders and sophomore Brandon Putnam from Albuquerque and junior Guillermo Chavez hails from Clovis competed at the season opening Gene Miranda Invitational and last week's Husky Invitational. Redshirt freshman Alez Zannes and freshmen James Gehrke, both from Albuquerque, give the Lobos a total of five New Mexicans on the roster.

MILLICAN SECOND IN CAREER WINS AMONG LOBO HEAD COACHES: The Lobos have won 13 events under current head coach Glen Millican, the second highest number by a head coach in school history. Dick McGuire won 28 times in his tenure from 1954-76.