April 25, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's golf team moved up one spot to sixth place after posting an even-par 284 in today's second round of the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships. The Lobos are 12-over (296-284=580) after 36 holes at the Tucson National Golf Club (par-71, 7,136 yards) and 16 strokes behind leaders TCU (283-281=564, -4) and BYU (286-278=564, -4). Junior Steve Saunders posted the low round of the day for New Mexico, carding a 3-under 68 in his second round.
Saunders rebounded from a nightmarish 82 in the opening round to post the second lowest score of day two. His 68 is also the third lowest mark of any golfer through 36 holes. Saunders found himself struggling again early in his round today, posting a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 fourth. He was 2-over through five holes before birdies on five of his next 11 holes. His 68 is the only red number by a Lobo at this point in the MWC Championships. Saunders' 68 today tied his season low set at the National Invitational Tournament. The NIT was also played at the Tucson National Golf Club. His score today tied his career low at the MWC Championships set in last year's second round. Saunders is currently tied for 35th at 8-over (82-68=150) in the individual race.
Freshman Tom Carlson still leads the Lobo individuals after his second straight 72 today. He is now 2-over (72-72=144) and tied for 14th in the individual race. Carlson was again very steady in his round with a birdie and two bogeys on the day.
Sophomore Brandon Putnam also had a smooth round today, posting an even-par 71. He birdie 8 and 10 and was 1-under through 12 holes. He gave one back on the par-4 13th before ending his round with five consecutive pars. Putnam is currently tied for 25th at 5-over (76-71=147).
Junior Jon Sauer shot a 2-over 73, but was up and down in his final nine holes of the day. After a birdie on 10 moved him to even-par, he carded a double-bogey on the par-4 11th hole. Sauer rebounded with back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 to get back to even par. He was cruising into the clubhouse before a double-bogey on 18 left him at 2-over. Sauer is also tied for 25th at 5-over (74-73=147) in the individual race.
Sophomore Kyle Nielsen also played for the Lobos today, shooting a 5-over 76 in his second round. Nielsen stumbled out of the gate with double-bogeys on 2 and 4, but only gave up two more strokes the rest of his round. He is tied for 35th in the individual race at 8-over (74-76=150).
The Lobos will be seeking their fifth MWC trophy in the last six seasons when they tee off in the final round tomorrow. New Mexico will be paired with Utah and Colorado State and begin teeing off at 8:50 a.m. (M.D.T.). Live scores will again be available via GolfStat on GoLobos.com.