Five Former Lobos to Play at 2005 U.S. Open Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/13/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 13, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico men's golf team will be well represented this week at the 2005 U.S. Open Championship. UNM will have former Lobos Tim Herron (1990-93), D.J. Brigman (1996-99), Wil Collins (1999-02), Tommy Armour III (1981) and Spencer Levin (2004-05) participating in the event. The 2005 U.S. Open is being played at Pinehurst Course No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort on June 16-19. For full coverage of the U.S. Open visit www.usopen.com.

Tommy Armour III: He qualified for the Tour's 1982 season, but won only $4,254. He kept trying to get his card back, but didn't make it until the fall of 1987...Meanwhile, he traveled the world, spending most of his time on the European and Asian Tours, gaining the experience and patience he needed to play on the PGA Tour...Highlight of his career has to be his win in the 2003 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio when he shot the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history...Qualified for the 2005 U.S. Open finishing third at the Rockville, Md. sectional qualifier.

D.J. Brigman: Won the 2001 Chester's San Antonio Classic on the Hooters Tour...Winner of the 2000 New Mexico Open and the 1996 and 1998 New Mexico State Amateur titles...Twice named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference...Won the 1998 U.S. Collegiate Golf Championship thanks to final-round 68 to beat Charles Howell III by one stroke...Qualified for the 2005 U.S. Open finishing tied for 12th at the Rockville, Md. sectional qualifier.

Wil Collins: Winner of the Van Hogan Award in 2001...Two-time winner on the Grey Goose Gateway Tour...Played in the 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links and made it to the semifinals...Has also played in Junior Amateur...This marks his first tour event and first U.S. Open... Qualified for the U.S. Open winning the Littleton, Colo. sectional qualifier...Actually purchased a ticket to Raleigh, N.C., using frequent-flier miles prior to his sectional qualifier in Denver, believing that he would earn the one spot from that site.

Tim Herron: A first team All-American in 1992 & 1993 at the University of New Mexico and in '93 played on the USA Walker Cup Team, going 3-0 at Interlachen in his home state of Minnesota...He earned his PGA Tour card with a 12th place finish at 1995 Q-School...He won his seventh start on the PGA Tour, taking the 1996 Honda Classic wire-to-wire after an opening round 62...Is one of only two players that has defeated Tiger Woods in the U.S. Amateur...Herron beat Tiger in the second round in 1992...Qualified the for the 2005 U.S. Open by finishing tied for 13th at 2004 U.S. Open.

Spencer Levin: Earned first-team All-American honors...Finished T13th at the 2004 U.S. Open as the lowest amateur at 8-over par (69-73-71-75=288) and qualified for the 2005 U.S. Open...Best finish by an amateur at the Open since 1971 when Jim Simons tied for fifth...Also hit first career hole-in-one with an 8-iron in first round of the Open at the 170-yard 17th hole...Won the 2004 California State Amateur, 2004 Porter Cup and 2004 Scratch Players Championship...Lost in a playoff at the 2004 Pacific Coast Amateur...Also finished second at the 2004 Southern Amateur...Advanced to round of 16 at the 2004 U.S. Amateur... Junior season at UNM won three times with 10 top-10 finishes...Qualified the for the 2005 U.S. Open by finishing tied for 13th at 2004 U.S. Open.