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Lobos Travel to John Burns Intercollegiate This Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 18, 2008

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OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu for the 2008 John Burns Intercollegiate this week. The Lobos will compete in the 22-team field on Feb. 20-22 at the Leilehua Golf Course. Teams will play 18 holes each day in the 54-hole format.

THE FIELD: Competing in the John Burns Intercollegiate along with the Lobos will be Arkansas, Arizona, No. 15 Auburn, BYU, Cal, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, San Diego, San Diego State, San Jose State, SMU, Utah, Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara, No. 24 UNLV, and UTEP.

THE COURSE: The John Burns Intercollegiate will be played on the 6,916-yard, par-72 Leilehua Golf Course in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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.

LOBO PLAYERS: Lobo head coach Glen Millican will go with juniors Parker Pemberton, Jon Sauer and Steve Saunders, sophomore Kyle Nielsen and redshirt freshman Tom Carlson this week. Pemberton and Saunders are the only two Lobos who have competed at the John Burns.

Parker Pemberton
Shot a 10-over 226 in last year's John Burns to tie for 91st in the individual race. Played in his first event of the season in last month's PING Arizona, carding a 13-over 226.

Jon Sauer
Playing in his sixth event of the season. Has a 74.13 stroke average after 15 rounds. Shot a 2-under 211 (68-69-74) to tie for 12th at last month's PING Arizona.

Steve Saunders
Has played well in two trips to the John Burns, averaging 69.67 in six rounds. Shot an 11-under 205 (69-67-69) to tie for 7th as a freshman. Tied a career low with a 67 in the second round. Finished with a 3-under 213 (73-70-70) to tie for 21st last year. Has a 74.28 stroke average in 17 rounds this season.

Kyle Nielsen
Playing in his third event of the season, averaging 77.83 after six rounds.

Tom Carlson
Playing in his second event after making his Lobo debut at the PING Arizona. Shot a 223 (+10) in his first collegiate match.

LOBOS AT THE JOHN BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Lobos have played in the John Burns Intercollegiate each of UNM head coach Glen Millican's six seasons. UNM finished 16th at the event last season, led by Charlie Beljan's 3-under 213. New Mexico won the team title in 2005, posting a 31-under three-round total of 833. Here is a look at the Lobos' team finishes at the John Burns Intercollegiate under Millican:
2002 • 287-294-293=874, +10 • T4th/20
2003 • 281-286-283=850, -14 • T2nd/21
2004 • 276-279-285=840, -24 • 3rd/22
2005 • 274-275-284=833, -31 • 1st/22
2006 • 279-276-275=830, -34 • 3rd/19
2007 • 287-297-290=874, +10 • 16th/22

The Lobos have won the John Burns Intercollegiate twice in school history, including the 2005 title under Millican. UNM also won the event in 2001, when Millican was an assistant coach. New Mexico shot a 32-under 832 to win the trophy that year.

Four Lobos have won the individual title at the John Burns in school history, including Spencer Levin (2004), Michael Letzig (2001), Doug LaBelle (1998) and Don Hurter (1984).

UNM's 54-hole total of 830 (279-276-275, -34) at the 2006 John Burns tied for the lowest in school history.

Michael Letzig's 54-hole total of 199 (66-64-69) at the 2001 John Burns is the second lowest in school history.

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.

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.

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