May 31, 2013
2012-13 PING All-America first team:
Daniel Berger, Florida State
Julien Brun, TCU
Greg Eason, UCF
James Erkenbeck, New Mexico
Max Homa, California
Michael Kim, California
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington
Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
Brandon Stone, Texas
Michael Weaver, California
Cory Whitsett, Alabama
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – University of New Mexico men’s golfer>James Erkenbeck has earned first-team Division I PING All-America honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced.
Erkenbeck, a senior from San Diego, won the NCAA Regional individual competition from May 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio, with a 3-under 210. He also tied for medalist honors at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 8-10 with a 4-under 212.
In 42 rounds of golf, Erkenbeck averaged 71.21 strokes per round in 2012-13 and shot par or better in 27 rounds. He finished in the top 20 in 11 of 14 tournaments and had eight top-10 results.
Erkenbeck becomes the 47th Lobo to garner All-America honors, and the fifth to get first-team distinction since 1986. He is UNM’s first first-team All-America recipient since Spencer Levin in 2005 and the first Lobo to earn conference player of the year and All-America recognition since Tim Herron in 1993.
A UNM player has made an All-America appearance in back-to-back years. John Catlin earned honorable mention All-America honors as a junior last season.
The Lobos are playing Alabama today in the first round of the eight-team stroke play at the NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club.