Lobos Seeded 15th in Calloway Collegiate Match Play Championship
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/21/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 21, 2010

Calloway Collegiate match Play Championship
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Tour The Course: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

MARANA, Ariz. --- The 47th-ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team concludes its 13-day road trip with the Calloway Collegiate Match Play Championship Sunday, March 21-Tuesday, March 23. The event takes place at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain and is hosted by the University of Arizona.

The Lobos drew the No. 15 seed in the 16-team event, and face second-seeded Washington in Sunday's first match. The Huskies are currently ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate golf team national rankings.

The Calloway Collegiate Match Play Championship bracket was determined and released by the Golf Coaches' Association of America on Wednesday, March 17. Stanford is the No. 1 seed, with Mountain West Conference members TCU (No. 9), Colorado State (No. 12) and UNLV (No. 6) also participating.

The first team to three individual match wins moves on to the quarterfinal round to face the winner the Texas Tech-San Diego match.

The Calloway is the only match-play event on the New Mexico's schedule this spring. The only other opportunity the Lobos can have to take part in a match-play format would be at the NCAA National Championships, should New Mexico qualify.

The Lobos and Huskies tee off at 8:30 a.m. (MT).

Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com, with daily recaps and full stats available at GoLobos.com.

LOBO LINEUP - Head coach Glen Millican will send the following players as members of the varsity squad: 1) James Erkenbeck 2) Travis Ross 3) John Catlin 4) Nick Geyer 5) Brandon Putnam.

Erkenbeck faces the Huskies' Nick Tayor in the No. 1 match. Ross faces Richard Lee at No. 2, Catlin faces Chris Williams at No. 3, Geyer faces Charlie Hughes at No. 4, and Putnam squares off against Chris Killmer.

THE FIELD - In seeded order (Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate golf team national ranking as of March 14, 2010): Stanford (No. 2), Washington (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 4), Arizona State (No. 15), UCLA (No. 7), UNLV (No. 11), Texas Tech (No. 16), Southern California (No. 14), TCU (No. 17), San Diego (No. 25), Middle Tennessee (No. 29), Colorado State (No. 32), Iowa (No. 41), Arizona (No. 43), New Mexico (No. 47), Indiana (No. 78).

ROSS ON A TEAR - Travis Ross has quite the hot hand in recent days. The junior put together back-to-back top-5 finishes at the Lobos' last two tournaments, marking the first time this season a Lobo has back-to-back top-5 finishes.

Ross shot a 5-over 75-73-73=221 to finish alone in fourth place at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., March 12-14, then carded a carded a 1-under-par 69-75-71=215 at the National Invitational in Tucson March 17-18 to finish in a seven-way tie for fifth place.

Both finishes mark career bests for the Crookston, Minn. native.

"I've felt really good for the first time this season," Ross said. "I still made mistakes here and there, but I didn't let them rattle me. I've been able to capitalize on some opportunities, too."

Ross led the field at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with 12 birdies and finished second in par-4 scoring, averaging a 4.00. He also finished 2-under on the par-5s with an average of 4.83.