New Mexico Lobos – 2014 Mountain West Men’s Golf Championship
Where: Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort -- Tucson, Ariz..
Second-Round Team Results: 1. New Mexico 279-281=560, -8. 2. San Diego State 281-288=569, +1. 3. UNLV 280-295=575, +7. 4. Air Force 287-295=582, +14. 5. (tie) Colorado State 292-294=586, +18. 5. (tie) Nevada 296-290=586, +14. 7. (tie) Utah State 298-295=593, +25. 7. (tie) Wyoming 290-303=593, +25. 9. (tie) Boise State 293-307=600, +32. 9. (tie) San Jose State 292-308=600, +32. 11. Fresno State 307-299=606, +38.
Top 10 Individual: 1 (tie) Gavin Green, UNM 70-69=139, -3. 1. (tie) Riccardo Michelini, San Diego State 68-71=139, -3. 1. (tie) Victor Perez, UNM, 70-69=139, -3. 4. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force 70-70=140, -2. 5. Sam Saunders, UNM 70-71=141, -1. 6. (tie) Carl Johnson, UNLV 66-76=142, E. 6. (tie) Nahum Mendoza III, San Diego State 72-70=142, E. 8. (tie) AJ McInerny, UNLV 74-69=143, +1. 8. (tie) Ryan Mulvany, Nevada 75-68=143, +1. 10. (tie) James Holley, San Diego State 72-72=144, +2. 10. (tie) Rhyne Jones, Nevada 73-71=144, +2. 10. (tie) Reed Platke, Utah State 75-69=144, +2. 10. (tie) Sean Romero, UNM 72-72=144. +2.
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By Greg Archuleta
UNM Assistant Director of Communications
In Tucson, Ariz., with the elements becoming a factor during the second round of the Mountain West men’s golf championship, the University of New Mexico conducted a class in elementary education at the Omni Tucson National Catalina Course on Saturday.
Led by veteran juniors Gavin Green and Victor Perez, the 22nd-ranked Lobos were the only team to shoot below par, carding a 3-under 281 for a two-day total of 8-under 560 and a nine-stroke lead over No. 35 San Diego State.
Green and Perez share the individual lead with the Aztecs’ Riccardo Michelini at 3-under 139. Both Green and Perez shot 2-under 69s to put themselves and their team in position to take home some conference hardware with another good round on Sunday.
“It was just an impressive round of golf,” coach Glen Millican said. “It rained, and there was all sorts of wind. They just did a great job of handling the conditions. To post the score they did was awesome.
“When you have two guys that are tied for the lead, you know your team is doing pretty good. To have our two most experienced guys in a position to challenge for the individual title is a big reason why we’re in the position that we are heading into the final round.”
Seven teams were within 14 strokes of the lead after Friday’s first round. Only the Aztecs can make that claim after the second round. No. 28 UNLV shot an 11-over 295 on Saturday to finish third after 36 holes with a 7-over 575. Air Force is fourth at 14-over 582, and Colorado State and Nevada are tied for fifth at 18-over 586.
“In the conditions we played in, you’ve got to understand that you’re not always going to have control over your shots,” Millican said. “You have to really be patient and stay positive to do the best you can.”
Green and Perez shot identical 70-69=39s after 36 holes.
Junior Sam Saunders is just two shots off the lead after posting an even-par 71 for a two-round 141. He is all alone in fifth at 1 under.
Only junior Sean Romero and true freshman Andre Bevins couldn’t escape unscathed against the weather. Bogeys on Nos. 16, 17 and 18 put a damper on a Romero round that took him from 2-under to 1 over for the day.
He is tied for 10th at 2 over-144 after 36 holes.
True freshman Andrej Bevins, who started the day tied for second at 2-under, hit his tee shot in the water at No. 18 and finished with a double-bogey to give him a 5-over 76 on the day and a 3-over 145 for the tournament to put him in a tie for 15th.
The weather forecast for Sunday’s final round calls for a little warmer temperatures and a lighter wind, which almost works to UNM’s disadvantage because of the way its team separated itself from the rest of the field in tougher conditions on Saturday.
“Everyone wants to play in good weather; our guys like to play in good weather, too,” Millican said. “The key for us is to keep our composure and stay patient. If we can do that tomorrow anywhere close to what we did today, we should keep ourselves in a position to have a great finish.”
It would be the second one for the Lobo golf program this weekend after freshman Manon Mollé parred the par-5 18th in the final group to preserve the one-stroke lead for the UNM women’s team as it went on to win the Mountain West women’s championship on Saturday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
“That was amazing on the part of a freshman to help them win the conference,” Millican said. “We’re going to do everything we can to follow their lead.”