Images from the men's golf team's trip to the Seattle area for the 2010 NCAA West Regional Tournament
NEW MEXICO: Redshirt senior with the potential for a breakout season in 2012-13...took medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Midway, Utah on July 10, 2012...his 7-under 135 was one stroke better than USC's T.J. Vogel and Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch.
2011-12 (JUNIOR): Finished second on the team in stroke average, with a 71.90 over 42 rounds of play...his single-season stroke average is good for seventh place all-time in school history...an All-Mountain West selection, one of three on the team...named to the 2012 Division I PING All-West Region team by the Golf Coaches Asssociation of America...finished ranked in the top 100 by GolfWeek.com...had six top-10 finishes in 14 events, including a runner-up performance at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course...scored a 3-under 213 at the Tucker...captured fifth place at the Mountain West Championships with a 2-under 211...advanced to the round of 16 after finishing in a tie for 20th place in stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The event took place from June 27-July 2 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
2010-11: Redshirted in 2010-11.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Strung together six consecutive top-25 finishes while competing in 12 varsity tournaments...finished as the top scorer for the Lobos in five events...Posted three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational...Carded 6-under-par 65 in the second round at the Alister MacKenzie - the lowest round recorded by any Lobo last season...won two of three matches to help propel the Lobos to the team championship at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships...Team-low 73.31 stroke average over 35 varsity rounds...Notched five rounds in the 60s and 14 rounds at par or lower.
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 varsity events as a true freshman, averaging 72.79 strokes per round - second best on the team...Medalled at the John Burns Intercollegiate, carding an 11-under-par 69-71-65=205...Carded six rounds in the 60s and 15 rounds at par or better...Finished the season ranked No. 115 nationally.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2008 graduate of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Calif...finished fourth in the high school state championships in 2007...eighth in the 2007 junior world championships...2007 U.S. Junior Amateur match play qualifier...2008 California Amateur quarterfinalist.
PERSONAL: Born August 26, 1989, full name is James Dalton Erkenbeck...son of Shauna Buffington and Jim Erkenbeck...has one younger brother, Hunter...grandfather Jim Erkenbeck was an offensive line coach with five different teams in the NFL ...hobbies include writing and playing basketball, soccer and surfing...Favorite food is pizza...Favorite movie is Step Brothers...Favorite athletes are Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant...majoring in Communications.