Senior James Erkenbeck wins individual title to lead No. 5 UNM to victory
Fifth-ranked UNM tied for fifth after two rounds of NCAA Regional
UNM sits in sixth place after first round in Columbus
Team missed nationals by one stroke in 2009 and 2012
Erkenbeck nearly steals individual crown with 6-under 65 on Sunday
NEW MEXICO: A transfer from the University of Pacific who competed in eight tournaments for the the Lobos in 2011-12, five tournaments as a member of the team, three as an individual...helped the Lobos earn 2012 All-Academic Team honors as voted by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
2011-12: A regular member of the starting team in the fall, competing in all four pre-winter break events, with a best finish of 11th place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate...Had four top-40 finishes overall...Finished with a 75.96 stroke-average per round over 24 rounds, with a low round of 71...A Mountain West Scholar-Athlete recipient with a 3.61 grade-point average as well as an All-Academic MW selection.
2010-11: Sat out the season after transferring from the University of Pacific in Forest Grove, Oregon...Talented sophomore with every shot in the bag...Had a huge impact during his lone varsity season for the Tigers, taking part in 11 of 12 varsity events as a redshirt freshman last year, scoring three top-25 finishes and six rounds at par or better in his first three events...Holds two of the 20 lowest scores in Pacific history.
AT PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Scored the eighth-lowest round in school history with a 66 in the first round of the 2009 Pacific Invitational...Also carded the 19th-lowest round in Tiger history with a 67 in the second round at the 2009 Del Walker Invitational...Finished 13th at his first collegiate varsity event, the Del Walker Invitational, carding a 3-under-par 70-67-70=207...Followed that up with a 22nd-place finish at theBill Callum Invitational (72-72-73=217, +1), and a 16th-place finish at the Pacific Invitational (66-72-73=211, -2)...Took part in 11 of 12 varsity events for the Tigers last season, notching three top-25 finishes and five top-30 finishes...Finished 26th with a 14-over 75-78-77=230 at the 2010 Big West Tournament Championship...Member of the 2010 Big West All-Academic team.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of El Toro High School in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., where he was a member of the Sea View League championship squad his senior season.
PERSONAL: Born March 2, 1990... Son of Robert and Marie Bauch and brother to sister Christina (18)... plans to major in history... Hobbies include playing other sports, hiking and camping... Favorite food is barbeque... Favorite movie is The 40-Year Old Virgin... favorite athlete is Tiger Woods.