April 19, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's golf team dropped from second to fifth place in the final round of the PING BYU Cougar Classic. The Lobos tied for the highest round of the tournament with a 15-over 303 at the Riverside Country Club (par 72, 7,001 yards) in Provo, Utah, today. New Mexico finished the 54-hole event at even par (280-281-303=864) and 17 shots behind first place New Mexico State (277-282-288=847, -17).
Juniors Jacob Lestishen (69-70-75=214) and Parker Pemberton (68-70-76=214) both finished 2-under and tied for 11th in the individual race, despite shooting 75 and 76 in the final 18, respectively. Pemberton's 54-hole total of 214 and his 11th place showing were both career marks. Boise State's Troy Merritt won the event with an 8-under total of 208 (70-68-70).
After recording par or better rounds in nine on ten score cards turned in for the first 36 holes, the Lobos failed to post a single red number today. Freshman Tom Carlson shot a 4-over 76 to finish tied for 26th at 2-over (72-70-76=218) for the tournament. Sophomore Brandon Putnam also tied for 26th (73-71-74=218) after a final round 74. Putnam's 74 was the lowest total by any Lobo in the final round, but since he was playing as an individual his score did factor in the team total.
Sophomore Kyle Nielsen tied for 37th overall at 3-over (72-71-76=219) while junior Steve Saunders tied for 50th at 6-over (71-73-78=222). The Lobos return to action at the Mountain West Conference Championships on April 24-26 at the Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.