March 23, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's golf team got off to an excellent start in today's first round of the National Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. The Lobos shot a 2-under 286 and are currently tied for second in the 15-team field. Junior Steve Saunders shot a season low 68 and is a four-way tie for the individual lead at 4-under.
Saunders has played well and the Omni Tucson National Golf Club, posting under-par rounds in four of the last five times he has teed off at the Catalina Course. He carded five birdies and just one boogey in today's round, his lowest of the season. It also marked his first round in the 60s for his junior campaign.
Sophomore Brandon Putnam, playing in his first event of the spring season, equaled his career-low round with a 1-under 71. He birdied three of his final seven holes to post his second under-par round of the season. He is currently tied for 11th in the individual race.
Senior Robb Bierbaum played the back-nine at two strokes under par to shoot a 1-over 73. He is tied for 27th overall. Despite recording five bogeys, freshman Tom Carlson was able to post a two-over 74 in his first round, tying for 34th. Junior Jon Sauer also played for the Lobos today, carding a 3-over 75 and tied for 45th.
The Lobos' 286 is their lowest round of the season, tying them for second place in the team race at the National Invitational. TCU leads the event with a 13-under 275 in the first round. The second round will be played on Monday with morning tee times while the final round of the 54-hole event takes place on Tuesday.