March 30, 2007
OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team heads to Tucson, Ariz., for the 2007 National Invitational Tournament on April 2-3, hosted by the University of Arizona. The 15-team field will compete on the par-72, 7,094-yard Omni Tucson National Golf Club. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday, beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (P.D.T.), followed by 18-holes on Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m. (P.D.T.).
Head coach Glen Millican will take senior Charlie Beljan, junior Robb Bierbaum and sophomores Steve Saunders, Parker Pemberton and Nick Geyer with him to the National Invitational Tournament. The field includes: Arizona State, Duke, Kent State, Northwestern, Pepperdine, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, UNLV and host Arizona.
The activities will commence Sunday morning with a practice round that begins at 10:30 a.m. (P.D.T.). Thirty-six holes will be played Monday with a first round shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (P.D.T.). The second round will begin approximately at 1 p.m. later that day. Tuesday's final 18 holes will begin with an 7:30 a.m. (P.D.T.) tee time.
THE COURSE: The National Invitational Tournament will be played at the 7,094 yard, par-72 Omni Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.
RESULTS: The results can be found on the University of New Mexico website at www.golobos.com.
NATIONAL INVITATIONAL FIELD: The field includes: No. 8 UNLV, No. 9 UCLA, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 18 Tulsa, No. 20 Arizona State, No. 22 Duke, No. 23 Texas, No. 27 Arizona, No. 30 TCU, Kent State, New Mexico, Northwestern, Pepperdine, and Texas Tech. Some of the top individual golfers in the nation will also be competing at the National Invitational, including No. 6 Niklas Lemke (Arizona State), No. 7 Charlie Beljan (New Mexico), No. 15 Lucas Lee (UCLA), No. 19 Jarred Texter (UNLV), No. 23 Brian Prouty (Arizona) and No. 25 Bronson Burgoon (Texas A&M).
SAUNDERS EARNS MEDALIST HONORS: Sophomore Steve Saunders carded a 3-under at last week's Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, to finish in a three-way tie for the lead. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to rain, but Saunders managed a 70 and 69 in his two rounds to finish in a tie for the top spot. It is the only first place finish of his career, lowering his season stroke average to 74.20 in 26 rounds.
BELJAN NAMED TO HOGAN WATCH LIST: Charlie Beljan was named to the 2007 Ben Hogan Award watch list announced by the Colonial Country Club and The Friends of Golf (FOG) in cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The most prestigious award in men's college golf, The Hogan is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months. The Hogan Award selection committee will announce 10 semi-finalists out of the 23 watch list on April 4 and name three finalists on May 2. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on May 22 at Colonial Country Club - the Tuesday prior to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial - with the recipient announced that evening.
MORE ON BELJAN: Beljan currently has two wins on the season, the William H Tucker Invitational and the Club Glove Intercollegaite, to go with four top-10s in five tournaments. His 71.35 stroke average is currently the fourth lowest for a Lobo in a season in school history (Spencer Levin 69.95 in 2005). He is currently ranked seventh in this week's collegiate golf rankings.