May 31, 2007
The University of New Mexico improved its score, but still dropped two spots in the standings at the 110th NCAA Men's Golf Championships being played at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. The Lobos shot 8-over 288 on the par-70, 6,803-yard course, which was a five-shot improvement from the first round, but they reside in 28th place with a two-day total of 581. Complete results and live scores are available at www.golfstat.com.
The Lobos trail leader Stanford by 28 shots. The No. 2-ranked Cardinal held on to the lead at 553, but Minnesota is just a shot back at 554. UNM will need a special round Friday to survive the 54-hole cut. Only the top-15 teams advance to Saturday's final round. Michigan State is currently in the 15th spot at 570, or 11 strokes ahead of New Mexico.
Senior Charlie Beljan shot a 1-over 71 and is at even-par 140 for the tournament, tied for 23rd place. He birdied two of the final four holes to get back to level.
The top round of the day for UNM was produced by sophomore Steve Saunders. The Albuquerque native had three birdies on the back to finish with a 2-under 68. Saunders is at 144.
Sophomore Nick Geyer had a nice round except for a triple-bogey 8 on No. 6. He finished with a 73 and has a total of 148.
The overall individual leader is Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie at 8-under 132. He has a two-shot lead over Vanderbilt's Jon Curran.
The Lobos tee off between 11:17 and 11:55 a.m. for Friday's third round.