Lobos Travel to Morris Williams Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/02/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 2, 2008

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OPENING DRIVE: The University of New Mexico men's golf team travels to Austin, Texas, this week for the 2008 Morris Williams Invitational. The event is hosted by the University of Texas and will be played on the University of Texas Golf Club. Action begins with a 7:30 a.m. (M.D.T.) shotgun start on Monday, April 7. Teams will play 36 holes on the first day with the final round beginning with tee times at 6:30 a.m. (M.D.T.) on Tuesday, April 8.

THE FIELD: Competing in the Morris Williams Invitational this weekend include top-ranked Alabama, No. 11 Auburn, BYU, Central Florida, Fresno State, Louisville, No. 4 Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, San Diego, TCU, Texas, No. 18 Texas Tech, Tulsa and No. 19 UNLV.

THE COURSE: The Morris Williams Invitational will be played on the 7,412-yard par-71 University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

RESULTS: Results can be found on the University of New Mexico web site at www.GoLobos.com following the conclusion of competition on each day. Live scores will also be available through GolfStat.com on GoLobos.com.

LOBO PLAYERS: Lobo head coach Glen Millican will go with juniors Jacob Lestishen, Jon Sauer and Steve Saunders and sophomores Kyle Nielsen and Brandon Putnam this week.
Jacob Lestishen
Back in the line-up after not qualifying for the trip to the National Invitational. Has not broken par since back-to-back 70s at the Tucker in the fall.
Jon Sauer
Coming off a tie for 48th at 8-over (224) at the National Invitational. 73.67 stroke average is the lowest on the team. Also leads the team in rounds of par or lower (8) and rounds of 70 or lower (6).
Steve Saunders
Only player returning to the Morris Williams who played in the event last season for UNM. Tied for medalist honors last year at the Morris Williams with a 3-under 139 (70-69) in the rain-shortened tournament. Still ranks as his best collegiate finish.
Kyle Nielsen
Shot an 11-over (227) at the John Burns in his only other event this spring. Still looking to break par in a varsity event this season.
Brandon Putnam
Had his best collegiate score with a 3-under 69 in the National Invitational second round. Finished the event at 1-over (217) for his career best 54-hole total, alone in 20th place overall.

LOBOS AT THE MORRIS WILLIAMS INVITATIONAL: UNM finished seventh in the 14-team field at last year's Morris Williams with an 11-over 587 (304-283). Rain shortened the tournament to 54 holes. Steve Saunders tied for first with a 139 (70-69, -3). The Lobos also competed in the event in each of Millican's first two seasons as head coach at UNM. The Lobos placed 4th in 2002 (305-285-302=892, +28) and 15th in 2003 (294-299-289=882, +18).

JV SQUAD ALSO IN ACTION THIS WEEK: UNM assistant coach Jim Anderson will take the Lobo JV team to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on April 7-8. Senior Robb Bierbaum, juniors Parker Pemberton and Guillermo Chavez, and freshmen Tom Carlson and Alex Zannes will take part in the 54-hole event at the Talking Stick Golf Club.

PUTNAM DROPS IN FIRST CAREER ACE: UNM Sophomore Brandon Putnam carded his first ace on the 216-yard par 3 eighth hole at the Husky Invitational in the fall. He flew a 4-iron off the tee into the cup for the hole-in-one.

MILLICAN SECOND IN CAREER WINS AMONG LOBO HEAD COACHES: The Lobos have won 13 events under current head coach Glen Millican, the second highest number by a head coach in school history. Dick McGuire won 28 times in his tenure from 1954-76.

NATIONAL INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM dropped 10 spots from a tie for second to 12th in the final round of the National Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. After starting the day at even-par, the Lobos shot a 20-over 308 and finish the tournament with an 884 (286-290-308). Putnam started the day in fourth place in the individual race, but a final round 77 left him at 1-over par and in 20th. His three round total of 217 (71-69-77) is still his best 54-hole total as a Lobo. Saunders tied for 21st at 2-over (68-73-77) after his final round 77. Sauer led the Lobos in the final round with a 76, but tied for 48th in the individual race at 8-over (75-73-76). Carlson carded a 78 (74-77-78=229, +13) and Bierbaum finished with a 79 (73-75-79=227, +7) in the final round.

SCHENKEL INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos shot a final round 303 at the E-Z-Go Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., to finish the 18-team event in 17th place at 37-over par (304-294-303=901). No. 1 Alabama took home the team title, finishing at 15-under par (285-280-284=849). Sauer shot a 2-under 70 in today's third round at the Forest Heights Country Club. It was the only under par round for any Lobo on the weekend. Sauer finished tied for 25th overall with a 2-over 218 (74-74-70) 218 total after 54 holes. Lestishen and Saunders both tied for 72nd place with a 13-over total of 229. Lestishen shot a 78 today (79-72-78) while Saunders posted a final round 74 (79-75-74). Carlson was one stroke back in 77th place with a 14-over 230 (74-75-81). Pemberton tied for 85th with a 16-over 232 (77-73-82).

JOHN BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: UNM shot a season low 279 in the final round to finish with a three-round total of 861 (290-292-279), three strokes under par and in 16th place in the 21-team field. UNM was led by Sauer and Carlson, who both shot 5-under 67's today. Carlson finished tied for 24th at 6-under par (73-70-67=210) in just his second career start. Sauer had his first under-par round of the tournament and his lowest of the season today, finishing at 2-under (73-74-67=214) and tied for 44th.

PING ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth overall at 24-over par (292-294-290=876). No. 12 Tennessee won the 16-team event with a three round total of 832 (272-277-283), 20 strokes under par. Saunders finished with a three-round total of 218 (73-75-70) to finish in a tie for 26th in the individual race, five strokes over par. His final round 70 equals his lowest 18-hole score of the season.

CLUB GLOVE INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished with a three-round total of 949 (323-320-306, +85). Pepperdine, the host of the tournament, won the event with a 41-over 905 (300-306-299). Saunders led the Lobos with a 13th place showing. He posted a 54-hole total of 232 (74-83-75). Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm won the event at 9-over (73-72-80=225). Bierbaum finished in a tie for 27th overall, posting a 238 (84-79-75, +22). All of the players were battling the nasty Santa Ana winds and smoky conditions among the wildfires in southern California. Pepperdine University had evacuated its dorm prior to the start of the tournament, but the Saticoy Country Club was well out of harm's way. Sauer (85-79-79=243, +27) tied for 45th, Nielsen (80-79-86=245, +29) tied for 49th and Putnam (87-83-77=247, +31) tied for 55th to round out the Lobo participants.

WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC RECAP: The Lobos finished tied for ninth at the conclusion of the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern University. The Lobos posted a final score of 872, 20-over par (288-287-297) at the par-71 Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. Sauer led the way for UNM the whole tournament shooting an even-par 71 for the last 18 holes.

HUSKY INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobos finished in 12th place out of 13 teams with a two-round total of 33-over 609 (305-304). Putnam carded a hole-in-one on the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole in the second round. Putnam played 36 holes today at 3-over par (74-73=147) and tied for 12th place in the individual race to lead UNM. The final round of the event was cancelled due to rain.

WILLIAM H. TUCKER INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Lobo men's golf team finished the 2007 William H. Tucker in seventh place after a final round 298 (+10) at the UNM Championship Course today. UNM ended the tournament with a 21-over total of 885 (297-290-298), 21 strokes behind Pepperdine's winning score of 864 (289-286-289, E). Saunders led UNM with a 1-under 215 (70-71-74), while Pepperdine's Jesse Barnsley won the individual title with a 12-under 201 (66-67-71).

GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITATIONAL RECAP: UNM finished ninth at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. New Mexico finished with a three round total of 877 (291-295-291), 25 strokes off the pace set by Iowa State (286-283-283=852) and Wichita State (288-278-286=852). UNM was led by Putnam and Sauer, both finishing tied for 19th individually at 2-over (216). Chavez tied for 45th overall with a 7-over 223 (74-74-75). Saunders was one stroke back with a 224 (73-78-73, +8) while Lestishen tied for 51st at 225 (77-72-76, +9).

NEW MEXICO FLAVOR: For the first time in head coach Glen Millican's tenure, three native New Mexicans were in field at once for the Lobos. Junior Steve Saunders and sophomore Brandon Putnam from Albuquerque and junior Guillermo Chavez hails from Clovis competed at the season opening Gene Miranda Invitational and last week's Husky Invitational. Redshirt freshman Alez Zannes and freshmen James Gehrke, both from Albuquerque, give the Lobos a total of five New Mexicans on the roster.