UNM, Aggie Men Begin Regional Events Today
WILMINGTON, N.C. — New Mexico climbed five places to 17th among 24 teams competing Wednesday in the lightning-delayed NCAA women’s golf championships .
Southern California shot par 288 to extend its lead to seven over Alabama.
The Lobos shot 8-over-park 296, a seven-stroke improvement from their opening-round performance, and were already off the course when the bad weather hit. The second round will be completed this morning before the third round begins at the par-72 Country Club of Landfall.
UNM’s top player, Jodi Ewart, shot a 71 Wednesday and is tied for 12th at par.
Arizona State freshman Jennifer Johnson shot 2-under 70 to take a one-shot lead over USC’s Jennifer Song in the individual competition. Johnson, at 7-under 137 for two rounds, had four birdies and one bogey on her first 10 holes. She parred the next seven holes before bogeying her final hole, the par-4 ninth.
Four golfers, including first-round co-leader Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue, trail Johnson by three shots.
The 72-hole tournament at the 6,368-yard Pete Dye course is scheduled to end Friday.
MEN: New Mexico is a No. 9 seed today as it enters the Washington Regional Tournament in Bremerton, Wash., five miles southwest of Seattle.
The regional is stacked — three teams in the top 11 and four conference champions. The Lobos can hang their hats on a glorious few days in late March. In their Callaway Match Play victory, they defeated three teams ahead of them in Bremerton — No. 1 seed Washington, No. 5 San Diego and No. 2 Southern Cal.
“We’re ready to go,” Lobo coach Glen Millican said. He’s sending senior Nick Geyer, juniors Tom Carlson and Travis Ross, sophomore James Erkenbeck and freshman John Catlin to the first tee today.
NMSU MEN: The Aggies are seeded 12th of 13 teams competing in San Diego, but their coach isn’t fazed.
“San Diego is a place that we go and play almost every year so we are familiar with that area,” Scott Lieberwirth said. “Looking at the draws, I don’t see one that is easy, but I think this is one of the more favorable regional tournaments we could have gone too.”
This is the third straight trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the Aggie. They will send Rio Rancho’s Tim Madigan, Ryan Word, Gaston De La Torre, Justin Shin and Sandia alumnus Justin Knauber to the tees today.