Sept. 15 Quotes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/15/2007

Sept. 15, 2007

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Junior Steve Saunders
On his round of 74 today

"It was a little bit sloppy today. I didn't hit it as well as I did yesterday, but I did a pretty good job of keeping it together around the greens."

On his birdie on the 280-yard par-3 17th
"The 17th is a 280-yard par 3 and one of the hardest holes around. I smoked a 3-iron as hard as I could just trying to get it on the front edge. It landed on the front and chased up there to about 15 feet and I knocked it in."

On the Lobos' overall performance
"We obviously wanted to do better than seventh, but that's OK because we didn't play especially well. We just grinded out but we definitely were looking to do better."

Sophomore Brandon Putnam
On his round of 75 today

"I hit the ball pretty well today, but I had four three putts on the green and three putted again from the fringe. I count those so that was five three putts today. I had a lot of trouble with my pace on the greens. Off the tee I was never really in trouble and I hit a decent amount greens. It was matter of my pace and I just couldn't quite get it in the hole."

On his birdie on the 280-yard par-3 17th
"It is funny because that is a hard hole and it was my only birdie of the day. It was 280 yards into the wind and I hit a 3-wood, little cut. It landed soft and made it back there to about three feet."

UNM Head Coach Glen Millican
On the Tournament as a hole

"The tournament went well. The golf course was great. We had a little trouble with our fairways, but we got the course where we wanted it. The weather was awesome both days. With the weather being perfect, and it looks like close to even par will win, that says a lot about our golf course and how challenging it still can be."

On the play of the Lobos
"We just made a lot of the same mistakes we made last week in at the Falcon Invitational, just fewer of them. I think you can contribute fewer mistakes to playing on our home golf course. Still, we are just making way to many unforced errors for us to really be competitive. Everybody is going to make mistakes, but we are wasting opportunities on easy holes. Physically, tee to green, we are capable of doing some things but we have to get these guys playing a bit smarter and using their heads a little bit more. "

"This was the second tournament for (junior) Jon (Sauer), the third one for (sophomore) Brandon (Putnam) and (junior) Dan (Saltz) played sparingly in his first two years. As these guys continue to play more tournaments, I think we are going to get better. There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel for us it is just a matter of how long it is going to take us to start playing up to our potential."