Lobo Golf Men in the Dark, But in the Hunt
Jan. 28, 2013
UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2013): The University of New Mexico men's golf team finished the second round in second place early Tuesday, shooting a 6-under-par 278 for the second round.
The Lobos are 5-under after 36 holes (285-278=563), one stroke behind TCU (280-282=562, 6-under). The Horned Frogs shot 2-under during the second round.
Arizona State (290-275=565) is third at 3 under after shooting the low second-round score of 9 under. No. 1 California, which has yet to lose a tournament, is fourth at 2 under (281-285=566).
UNM sophomore Victor Perez is tied for third in the individual standings at 4-under 138 after shooting the low round, a 4-under 67, in the second round. Cal's Joel Stalter leads with an 8-under 134 (65-69). Lobo senior James Erkenbeck is tied for seventh at 3 under (68-71=139) and fellow senior James Catlin is tied for 16th at 1 over (71-72=143).
Ironically, Catlin's second-round score did not count in UNM's team standings because both sophomore Gavin Green (75-70=145, tied for 25th) and senior Benjamin Bauch (76-70=146, tied for 33rd), shot 1 under in the second round.
The final round will be completed today.
In Tucson, Ariz., the fourth-ranked University of New Mexico men's golf team is in the dark as to its position in the 15-team field at the Arizona Intercollegiate heading into the tournament's final day.
Darkness halted play late during Monday's second round at about 5:45 p.m., and the last leaderboard on golfstat.com showed the Lobos in fourth place at even par, four strokes behind co-leaders TCU and Arizona State. Top-ranked California was listed in third place a 2-under with about three holes left to play in the second round.
UNM coach Glen Millican, however, said his team was further along than the golfstat.com leaderboard indicated but did not know where the Lobos stood when the teams quit for the day.
While the Lobos were listed at 1 under par for the incomplete second round, Millican said they were 4 under by his calculations.
"We're right in the hunt, but it's impossible to figure out exactly where we are," he said. "The important thing is that we've again put ourselves in a position to contend for the title on the final day."
The Lobos finished Monday's first round in fifth place with a 1-over 285 at The Golf Club at Vistoso, a par-71 course. TCU shot a 4-under 280 for the lead. Cal was one stroke back, and Arizona and No. 24 Liberty were tied for third at 2-under 282.
Senior James Erkenbeck paced the Lobos with an opening-round 68, good for a fifth-place tie at 3-under. Cal's James Stalter was at 6-under to lead the field after 18 holes. Golfstat.com showed Stalter at 8 under when play stopped Monday night; he had a two-stroke lead over Arizona State's Matt Rottluff.
Erkenbeck was at 1-under and tied for 11th; sophomore Victor Perez was listed at 3-under and tied for sixth.
UNM had four players in the top 20, according to golfstat.com, when play stopped. Senior John Catlin and sophomore Gavin Green were tied for 18th at 2 over. The Lobos were the only team in the tournament with four players in the top 20.
"I was really happy with the way our guys hung in there today," Millican said. "The weather was tough; it was really windy and it rained a little. Tomorrow is supposed to be really cold and windy. If we can hang in there for the first couple of hours, we've got a really good chance."
Play resumes Tuesday at 8 a.m. with the conclusion of the second round, followed immediately by the third and final round.