March 18, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. --- The University of New Mexico men's golf team is tied for eighth place after 36 holes at the National Invitational Tournament at the Tucson National Golf Club. The Lobos efforts have been bolstered by John Catlin and Travis Ross, both of whom are currently in the top 10 individually.
Catlin, a freshman from Carmichael, Calif., shot a 1-under 72-71=143 and is tied for seventh place with Texas' Bobby Hudson and Arizona's Rich Saferian. Ross, the junior from Crookston, Minn., shot an even-par 69-75=144. He's tied with The Wildcats' Jonathan Khan and Purdue's Nakarintra Ratanakul for 10th.
New Mexico boasts both last year's team and individual title at the NIT. The Lobos' Nick Geyer carded a 9-under 66-71-70=207 last year to claim individual honors, while the Lobos shot a 14-under 280-280-290=850 as a team.
Geyer, now a senior, is currently tied for 39th place, having shot a 6-over 78-72=150. Sophomore James Erkenbeck shot a 10-over 76-78=154 and is in 64th place. Samuel Chavez is one stroke behind Erkenbeck, having carded an 11-over 77-78=151. Chavez is tied with UTEP's Jerry Castrellon and Texas Tech's Matt Smith for 65th.
TCU Leads the tournament at 7-under, while Horned Frog Johan de Beer and Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen lead the individual race at 5-under.
The Lobos start the final round of the NIT Thursday, teeing off at 9 a.m. MST. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.