GCAA honors program for third consecutive season
Freshmen step up to help struggling Catlin, Erkenbeck
Junior shoots 6-under 66; UNM at 14 under in first round
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): Captured second place in the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Match Play Championship on June 5 ...Finished as the runner-up to teammate Alex Estrada in the 2011 Albuquerque Men's City Amateur Championship (July 2-4).
2010-11 (FRESHMAN): Participated in seven tournaments with an average score of 76.62 in 21 rounds...Had a top finish tied for 32nd at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Tournament, scoring nine over par...Had a low round of 71 at both the John Burns Intercollegiate and the Mark Simpson Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2010 graduate of La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M. ...Won the Class 5A individual state championship in 2009 and was a member of two state championship teams with the Bears...holds the record for the lowest stroke average in school history (71.1)...three-time district champion (2008-10) and third-place finisher at the 2008 state tournament...four-year academic letterman.
PERSONAL: Born March 15, 1992...full name is Samuel Saunders...son of Dave and Debbie Saunders...brother to Steve Saunders, an All-American golfer for the Lobos ('09)...Uncle Jack Saunders ('89) and Jeff Fulwiler ('77) also golfed for the Lobos...father Dave golfed for New Mexico State...Hobbies include playing video games, hiking and fishing...Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods...Favorite food is green chile...Favorite movie is The Carter Documentary.