AUSTIN, Texas — For the No. 4-ranked New Mexico men’s golf team, the only down side to playing at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate is that the tournament coincides with The Masters. So the team can’t watch.
“If Fred Couples were in the lead, I might’ve had to think about where I wanted to be,” UNM coach Glen Millican joked Saturday.
Couples isn’t leading, but the Lobos are, heading into today’s final round. They are in a three-way tie for first place with No. 3 Texas and No. 7 TCU after 36 holes.
The Lobos shot a 6-under 278 in the second round and are 6 under for the tournament with a 562 (284-278). The Horned Frogs shot matching 281s during Saturday’s first two rounds. Eleven of the 12 competing teams are ranked in Golfweek.com’s top 50.
The host Longhorns turned in a low round of 11-under 273 in the second round to pull even (289-273—562) at 6 under.
UNM senior James Erkenbeck (71-68—139) is tied for fourth at 3 under par, five strokes out of the lead.
UNM senior John Catlin and sophomore Victor Perez are tied for 10th at 1-under 141. Both shot 70-71 for their rounds.
Senior Benjamin Bauch, who shot a 7-over 78 on the first 18 holes Saturday, shaved 10 strokes off that total in round two and is tied for 37th at 4-over 146 (78-68). Sophomore Gavin Green is tied for 41st at 5-over 147 (73-74).
UNM SOCCER: At the Taos Eco Park, the Lobo men settled for a scoreless draw against Denver in exhibition play. Goalkeepers Patrick Poblete and Michael Lisch shared the shutout for the Lobos, who host Air Force this coming Saturday at the Robertson practice fields.
NMSU BASEBALL: In Las Cruces, Sacramento State (20-15, 6-5 WAC) pounded 18 hits in a 16-4 seven-inning rout of host New Mexico State (19-16, 5-6) on Saturday.
UNM SOFTBALL: In Las Vegas, Nev., Kari Gutierrez hit a grand slam, and the Lobos (19-25, 3-5 MWC) had 11 hits en route to a 10-0, five-inning victory. Should the Lobos win today’s 2 p.m. rubber match of the three-game set, it will be the first season UNM has won two league series since 2008.
NMSU SOFTBALL: In Las Cruces, Staci Rodriguez’s tie-breaking solo homer lifted New Mexico State to a 3-2 win and doubleheader sweep over Texas-San Antonio. The Aggies (30-14, 11-1 WAC) won the opener 7-1.
UNM TENNIS: In Colorado Springs, Michaela Bezdickova rallied to defeat Abby Stevens 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to give the Lobo women a 4-3 victory over Colorado State. UNM (7-11, 1-4 MWC) faces Wyoming today.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal