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In Burlington, Iowa, Monday belonged to the University of Oklahoma men's golf team. University of New Mexico coach Glen Millican hopes his team produces similar results Tuesday.
The Lobo men’s golf team’s second-round score at the Golfweek Conference Challenge nearly matched its first-round effort a day earlier. But Oklahoma’s sizzling play left the Lobos with some work to do during the final round.
UNM is in third place after 36 holes in the 15-team event, shooting a 4-over 292 Monday for a two-day total of 6-over 582. The Lobos are 14 strokes behind the Sooners, who shot a 10-under 278 Tuesday and lead the event with an 8-under 568.
"Oklahoma played great today," Millican said. "We played OK, but we made too many mistakes, especially on the back nine."
The Lobos and Sooners were tied after Sunday’s first round at 2-over 290. Houston, the leader after the first round with a 1-over 289, is in second place after a 4-over 292 Tuesday for a two-round total of 5-over 581.
Virginia Tech is fourth (292-291=583) at 7 over, followed by Jacksonville State (293-295=588) and Winthrop (295-293=588) at 12 over. Four of the five players' scores count toward each team score.
UNM scored a collective 6-over on the par-3 15th hole alone, which cost the Lobos ground to Oklahoma.
"If we eliminate some of our mistakes, then maybe we could've cut the deficit in half," Milican said. "It was definitely a learning experience for our guys on how quickly the scoreboard can change.
"We just need to finish the round better. We went over our mistakes after (Monday's) round. If we get off to a good start tomorrow, we'reknow we're capable of putting together a good round. If we score better than everyone, then that gives us an opportunity to get back in it."
Lobos junior Gavin Green shot an even-par 72 in Monday’s second round and is tied for ninth at 1-under 143 (71-71). Sophomore Joe Abella also shot par during the second day and is tied for 25th at 3-over (75-72).
True freshman Andrej Bevins is at 4-over 148 after a 1-over 73 during the second round, and junior Sean Romero is 5-over at 149 and tied for 36th, following a 3-over 75 during the round.
Junior Victor Perez, who led the Lobos with a 2-under 70 in the opening round, suffered a pair of triple bogeys during his back nine Monday and shot an 8-over 80. His 6-over 150 score has his tied for 46th in the 75-player field.
"The mistakes we made erased some of the good golf we played today," Millican said. "But when we come out tomorrow, we've just got to focus on playing the best round we can."
The Lobos will tee off with Houston and Oklahoma today at 7:30 a.m. MT.