April 30, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Men's Golf - Top 100 Club' Scramble
When/Where: Monday - UNM Championship Course
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
You could say the afternoon was perfect. There were about 100 golfers enjoying a beautiful day of New Mexico sun, playing on one of the top courses in the Southwest, and really only there to share the good times and the company.
Of course, there was competition, but that was only a sidebar to the reason the University of New Mexico men's golf team's Top 100 Club gathered at UNM's Championship Course on Monday to knock off 18 and share El Pinto's Mexican fare at the end of it.
"It's awesome," UNM's John Catlin said of the event. "We get to see the faces of the people who are supporting our program and allowing us to do the things we do on the road, travel upscale and stay in nice hotels and play in really good tournaments.
"It's really awesome to meet these guys and say thank you."
The spring event is the second annual meeting of Top 100 Club. It's Coach Glen Millican's and the program's way of saying thanks to ex-Lobos and boosters who help support the Lobos in their annual drive to raise at least $50,000 for yearly expenses.
"It's a great event," said Millican, whose Lobos are ranked No. 4 in NCAA golf heading into this week's Mountain West Championships.
"They (Top 100 members) get to play with guys on our team so they get to know our guys up close and personal. They get to learn more about and maybe develop a personal relationship with the people that their money is going to.
"I remember playing in these events as a Lobo golfer. We need people who want to be associated with a great program and with a great group of kids who do a great job in the classroom and work their tails off out here and represent the school well when we go out to compete."
The Lobos obviously have represented UNM and the Top 100 Club well. The Lobos are ranked No. 4 in NCAA golf and have three wins this season at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament in March, the Arizona Intercollegiate in January and the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in September.
The Lobos, who had a string of seven top-two finishes this year, are favored to win the 2013 MW title and should be a top contender at the NCAA finals.
The format on Monday sent 20 five-person teams out on "The Monster" in a shotgun start. The golfers took the best shot off the tee box and then played their ball into the hole. There were handicaps also so the scores dipped low.
The long drives of Lobo Victor Perez helped the team of Jim Altamirano, Tommy Hudson, Jerry With and Tim With post a winning card of 51.
There were prizes at the end for the top teams, but the point of this day really had little to do with scorecards or on-the-course victories.
Brent Freeze, a former Lobo golfer and Top 100 member said the point of the club and the tournament is to "try to get people in the community aware of what's going on and how well the team is doing. We're happy to be out here.
"Obviously, it's a great thing to have the same guys back, but we also need to bring in some new people and let them know that the golf team is doing a great job."