Men's Golf: Lobos Open Spring Season In Arizona
The University of New Mexico men’s golf team opens its 2003 spring campaign at the 2003 PING Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Arizona. Play begins Monday, February 3 and concludes concludes Tuesday, February 4. Teams will play 54 holes total, 36 on Monday and 18 on Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start each day.
THE FIELD: The PING Arizona Intercollegiate consists of 16 teams, five of which are ranked in the Golf World top-25 poll of November 29, 2002. (Golf World rankings in parentheses): Arizona (9), Arizona JV, Arizona State, California, Fresno State (20), Houston, Long Beach State, New Mexico (14), Oregon , Pepperdine, Southern California (18), UTEP, Tulsa, UC-Irvine, UCLA (12) and Wake Forest. UNM head coach Glen Millican will take Michael Letzig, Madalitso Muthiya, Jay Reynolds, Ian Medlock and newcomer Doug Abel for competition, while Jeff Briggs and David Schultz will play as individuals.
THE COURSE: The PING Arizona Intercollegiate will be played at the Arizona National Country Club which measures 6,776 yards and is a par 71.
RESULTS: Results from the PING Intercollegiate can be found on the UNM website at www.GoLobos.com as soon as is possible following play both Monday and Tuesday. Results can also be tracked at www.golfstatlive.com on the internet.
LOBOS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Lobos are ranked No. 15 in the most recent GolfWeek poll, dated November 27. GolfWeek had the Lobos ranked 3rd in the October 5 poll, the highest ranking ever attained by a UNM men’s golf team.
Senior Michael Letzig, the Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Month for September, is ranked No. 41 in the GolfWeek rankings with a rating of 70.44 while freshman Jay Choi dipped to No. 119 after peaking at No. 53 following his win at the Club Glove Intercollegiate at Pepperdine. Jay Reynolds checks in at No. 148 in the Nov. 29 GolfWeek poll. Choi’s win at the Club Glove made him the first true UNM freshman to ever win a tournament.
Golf Digest has the Lobos ranked 14th in their poll of November 29. Q