John Catlin Shares Lead at Arizona Intercollegiate
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/01/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 1, 2010

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TUCSON, Ariz. --- University of New Mexico freshman golfer John Catlin finds himself tied for first place at the Arizona Invitational. Catlin shot matching 5-under-par 66s to complete the first two rounds at 10-under, tied with California's Micheal Weaver atop the leaderboard.

The 2010 Arizona Invitational is a 54-hole event, contested at Arizona National, a par 71, 6,793-yard layout. With 36 holes already in the books, the final 18 holes will start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

"He played a really solid day of golf," Lobo head coach Glen Miilican said. "He made 10 birdies 26 pars, kept It in play and finished with two really good rounds. That's a good start to the tournament."

New Mexico finds itself tied with Florida and 10th-ranked Texas A&M for fifth place after carding an 8-under 283-277=560. The Lobos trail California (-25), Arizona (-18), Fresno State (-11) and Pepperdine (-9) heading into Tuesday's final round.

"We made a lot of birdies and gave up a few shots here and there," Milican said. "But, all-in-all it was a pretty good day for the team."

As to catching the Bears atop the leaderboard, Millican's outlook is nothing if not healthy.

"(Cal) played great today - it's going to take a phenomenal round to catch those guys," Millican said. "We're just going to go out and play the best round of golf we can tomorrow and see where that leaves us at the end of the day."

Sophomore James Erkenbeck's quest to card a fourth-straight top-10 finish will require some makeup work on Tuesday. Erkenbeck's even-par 72-70=142 has him in a six-way tie for 30th at the end of the first day, three strokes behind the eight golfers currently tied for 10th.

Senior Nick Geyer is one stroke behind Erkenbeck at 1-over. He shot a 71-72=143 and is tied for 36th with fellow Lobo Travis Ross, who carded a 74-69=143. Three Lobos, Sam Chavez, Ryan Smith and Ryan Gay, are tied for 59th with an 8-over 150. Brandon Putnam rounds out the Lobos presence at the Arizona, having shot a 12-over 83-70=154. Putnam, Smith and Gay are competing as individuals.

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New Mexico Finishers
T1. John Catlin 66-66=128 (-10)
T30. James Erkenbeck 72-70=142 (E)
T36. Nick Geyer 71-72=143 (+1)
T36. Travis Ross 74-69=143 (+1)
T59. Sam Chavez 76-74=150 (+8)
T59. Ryan Smith (I) 75-75=150 (+8)
T59. Ryan Gay (I) 80-70=150 (+8)
T65. Brandon Putnam (I) 83-70=154 (+12)

Top Five Teams 1. California 269-274=543 (-25)
2. Arizona 279-271=550 (-18)
3. Fresno State 284-273=557 (-11)
4. Pepperdine 284-275=559 (-9)
5. Three tied at 560 (-8)

Top Five Individuals T1. John Catlin, New Mexico 66-66=132 (-10)
T1. Michael Weaver, California 64-68=132 (-10)
T3. Bhavik Patel, Fresno State 69-65=134 (-8)
T3. Rich Saferian, Arizona 68-66=134 (-8)
5. Two tied at 136 (-6)