Lobos Climb Into Contention at John A. Burns
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/19/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 19, 2010

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawai'i - The University of New Mexico men's golf team entered Thursday's second round at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate needing to post a low score to climb into contention.

Come the close of competition at the Leilehua Golf Course on the island of O'ahu, the Lobos had accomplished their mission. New Mexico carded an 11-under-par 277 on Thursday, improving the Lobos overall score to 5-under and moving them up to seventh. UNM's 277 is the second-best team score of the tournament through two rounds.

Every Lobo improved on their first-day score in Thursday's round two.

"Our guys definitely played better today," New Mexico coach Glen Millican said. "We got off to better starts and put up better numbers. Hopefully we can continue to get after it tomorrow."

Individually, Lobo senior Nick Geyer moved up into a five-way tie for third place at 6-under after shooting a 6-under 66. He trails California's Stephen Hale by two strokes for the individual lead with 18 holes left to play.

Geyer's second-round score, the second best round of golf thus far at the Burns, included 7 birdies and 1 bogey, and moved him 23 places up the leaderboard.

Defending individual medalist James Erkenbeck improved 10 strokes on day two at the Burns. His 4-under 68 moved him from a tie for 73rd to 40th place at 2-over. Erkenbeck's second round included 5 birdies, 3 bogies and a chip-in eagle on the third hole.

Freshman John Catlin shot a 1-under 71, leaving him in a six-way tie for 26th place after Wednesday's first-round 72. Junior Samuel Chavez moved from 48th to 34th place with his second-round 1-under 71.

Junior Travis Ross and freshman Ryan Gay each moved from a tie for 55th to a tie for 44th after carding even-par 72s.

California still leads the team competition with an 18-under 278-280=558, followed by Texas A&M (285-275=560, -16), UNLV (279-283=562, -14), Brigham Young (286-277=563, -13), Arizona (287-281=568, -8) and SMU (278-292=570, -6).

Friday's third round begins at noon, MST. Be sure to check GoLobos.com for final results from the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.

Team Standings
1. California 278-280=558, -18
2. Texas A&M 285-275=560, -16
3. UNLV 279-283=562, -14
4. Brigham Young 286-277=563, -13
5. Arizona 287-281=568, -8
6. SMU 278-292=570, -6
7. New Mexico 294-277=571, -5
8. Nevada 281-291=572, -4
9. Fresno State 286-287=573, -3
10. UC Santa Barbara 290-299=589, +13
11. Hawaii 293-297=590, +14
12. Denver 298-294=592, +16
13. UTEP 293-301=594, +18
14. Hawaii Pacific 300-300=600, +24
15. BYU-Hawaii 308-305=613, +37

New Mexico Individual Standings
T3. Nick Geyer 72-66=138, -6
T26. John Catlin 72-71=143, -1
T34. Samuel Chavez 74-71=145, +1
T40. James Erkenbeck 78-68=146, +2
T44. Travis Ross 75-72=147, +3
T44. Ryan Gay 75-72, +3