March 13, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - University of New Mexico men's golfer Travis Ross surfaced from a windswept, dusty Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Saturday afternoon near the top of the leaderboard.
Ross carded a 1-over-par 73 Saturday and is now tied for sixth place after two rounds with a 4-over, 75-73=148. Ross is two strokes out of the top five and five strokes behind co-leaders Jesper Kennegard (Arizona State) and T.J. Vogel (USC), both of whom are at 1-under entering Sunday's final round.
"Going into the day, I knew it was going to be rough weather-wise," Ross said. "I played well yesterday and really got my confidence back for the first time this spring. I'm playing at level I want to and know I can play at."
Scores of under par didn't exist Saturday at the Southern Highlands Golf Club. Winds during the round were listed by the National Weather Service around 31 mph and gusting as high as 41 mph. Couple the wind gusts with rock-hard greens and you get Saturday's average score, 79.51. That's an average score of over 7-over for the 75 participants.
Lobo freshman John Catlin carded a 10-over 82 and is in a three-way tie for 46th with a 13-over 157. Sophomore James Erkenbeck shot a 6-over 78 and is tied with senior teammate Nick Geyer and four others for 57th place at 16-over. Geyer carded an 11-over 83 during Saturday's second round.
Junior Samuel Chavez is one stroke behind Erkenbek and Geyer at 17-over. Chavez carded an 11-over 83 Saturday.
As a team, the 45th-ranked Lobos shot a 28-over 316 and are now alone in 13th place at 45-over, ahead of 15th-ranked Georgia Tech (+46) and No. 1 Oklahoma State (+47). Tournament host and 19th-ranked UNLV leads the event at 17-over, followed by No. 12 UCLA (+24). No. 8 Texas A&M (+26), No. 18 USC (+26), No. 10 Arizona State and No. 16 Texas Tech (both at +32) round out the top five places.
New Mexico starts the third round Sunday at 10:20 a.m. MST. The Lobos are playing with the top-ranked Cowboys and 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets.
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