June 3, 2004
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished their season today with the third round of the NCAA Championships. The Lobos finished the day in 19th place and just missed the third round cut. UNM shot a 14-over par, 294 in the third round and finished at 36-over par (291-291-294=876) on the par-70, 6,679 yard Cascades Golf Course at The Homestead Resort. The 15 team cutline was set at 31-over par, leaving the Lobos just five strokes short. The overall team lead is held by UCLA who shot a tournament low 5-under par 275 in the third round and are now 7-over par (289-283-275=847) for the tournament. The Bruins lead second place Kentucky by five strokes.
Individually the Lobos were led in the third round by junior Jay Reynolds with a 2-over par 72, and finished the tournament tied for 69th at 10-over par (73-75-72=220). Sophomore Spencer Levin posted the best tournament score for the Lobos at 5-over par (72-70-73=215) in a tie for 27th. Other Lobo results are freshman Charlie Beljan tied for 81st at 11-over par (76-70-75=221), junior Madalitso Muthiya finished at 12-over par (70-76-76=222) in a tie for 87th and sophomore Jay Choi finished tied for 136th at 18-over par (77-77-74=228).
The individual tournament lead belongs to Ryan Moore of UNLV, who shot a third round 6-under, 64 and is 9-under par (67-70-64=201) for the tournament. Moore leads Chris Nallen of Arizona by two strokes.
The NCAA Championships conclude tomorrow with the top-15 teams playing the final round.