Victor Perez
Victor Perez
Lobos Look To Apply Augusta Lessons Sunday and Beyond
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/05/2014


TEAM LEADERS: T1 Central Florida 287-277=564, -12; T1 Texas 284-280=564, -12; 3. Virginia Tech 280-285=565, -11; 4. Illinois 288-281=569, -7; 5. Houston 282-289-571, -5; 11 New Mexico 295-286=581, +5.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: T1 Greg Eason, Central Florida 66-71=137, -7; T1 Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech 68-69=137, -7; 3. Ricardo Gouveia 71-67=138, -6; T4 Kramer Hickok, Texas 70-69=139, -5; T4 Thomas Deltry, Illinois 71-68=139, -5; T4 Kyle Jones, Baylor 68-71=139, -5; Austin Eoff, Purdue 73-66=139, -5.

LOBO SCORES: T25 Victor Perez 70-74=144, E; T31 Gavin Green 76-69=149, +1; T31 Joe Abella 71-74=145, +1; T43 Sam Saunders 78-70=148, +8; T71 Sean Romero 81-73=154, +10.

LIVE SCORING: Golftstat.com

In Augusta, Ga., the University of New Mexico men’s golf team struggled in the morning round of the 3M Augusta Invitational, but rebounded with a solid second-round effort.

That was a significant accomplishment for the only team without previous experience at the event.

The 21st-ranked Lobos followed a 7-over 295 in the first round with a 2-under 286 in the second round for a 5-over 581 and an 11th-place showing in the 15-team tournament played at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

Ninth-ranked Central Florida and No. 18 Texas are tied after 36 holes at 12-under 564. First-round leader and No. 15 Virginia Tech is third at 11-under 565.

Lobo coach Glen Millican acknowledged that his team put itself in a hole with its opening-round score but really liked the way his team responded in the afternoon.

“I like the way our guys showed patience after three of our guys struggled in the morning,” he said. “One of the things we talked about after the round was that whether they played good or played bad, they were going to learn something today that will help them when we get into the postseason.”

Junior Victor Perez and sophomore Joe Abella kept UNM afloat in the first round, while juniors Gavin Green and Sam Saunders got their games going in the afternoon.

Perez leads all Lobos with a 25th-place effort, shooting an even-par 144 (70-74). Green (76-69=145) and Abella (71-74=145) both are tied for 31st at 1 over, and Saunders (78-70=148) is tied for 48th at 4 over.

Saunders and fellow junior Sean Romero (81-73=154), who is tied for 71st at 10 over, both shot eight strokes better in the afternoon round.

Central Florida’s Greg Eason and Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent share the first-day lead with a 7-under 137.

And while Millican was upbeat about the team’s play as it relates to the postseason that starts later this month with the Mountain West championships, he wasn’t conceding defeat in Augusta.

“There’s still one-third of this golf tournament left,” Millican said. “We put ourselves in a little bit of a hole, but we can still go out and play a great round tomorrow and put ourselves in a position to compete for the title.”

Sunday’s final round gets underway at 6:30 a.m. MT with a shotgun start.