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
UNM takes home Player, Coach of the Year honors
NEW MEXICO: A returning starter who's hope coming into 2011-12 was to play and score in a varsity tournament. Instead, Perez played in all 14 tournaments and earned All-Mountain West honors...should be an integral part of a strong team in 2012-13.
2011-12 (FRESHMAN): An All-Mountain West selection, alongside teammates John Catlin and James Erkenbeck...played in all 14 tournaments as part of the Lobos' starting five...had six top-five finishes, including an impressive victory at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas, beating several nationally-ranked players...finished with a 3-under 213 and won by four strokes...nine top-20 finishes overall...averaged 72.29 strokes per round over 42 rounds...had five rounds under 70 and 15 under par...an academic All-Mountain West selection as well.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Institution Jeanne d'Arc in Semeac, France ... Played for coach Mike Magher ... Earned a 25th-place finish at the British Amateur Open ... Won the 2011 Grand Prix des Landes-Hossegor event ... Was a two-time Grand Prix du Medoc winner from 2009-10.
PERSONAL: Perez was born Sept. 2, 1992 in Semeac, France. ... Son of Michel and Dany Perez ... Was named to the French Young Team ... Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods ... Favorite food is French food ... Majoring in biology (pre-med).