ALBUQUERUQE, N.M. – After day one of the 62nd annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, the University of New Mexico men’s golf team sits in third place at 7-over 583 (282-301).
The Lobo effort was led by Redshirt-Junior Andre Garcia, who currently sits in a tie for fifth at 1-under 143. Garcia opened the day with a blistering 6-under 66 to take the first round lead.
Joining Garcia inside the top-10 is Albuquerque native Sean Carlon, who sits in a tie for eighth place at even-par 144 (71-73). Carlon, now a sophomore, was able to battle the blustery afternoon conditions, and as a result closed his homeward nine with three birdies in the final five holes.
Next up on the leaderboard for UNM are the duo of Andrej Bevins (72-78) and Samuel Kim (77-73) both sitting at 6-over 150. Both Bevins and Kim were positioned on the toughest stretch of holes when the weather conditions took a turn for the worse, in spite of this both were able to close their rounds with birdies.
Gustavo Morantes rounds out the list of Lobo competitors at 9-over 153 (73-80). Morantes was hampered by some mistakes in the afternoon portion of the competition, however he was helped along by carrying and tying for the fourth lowest par-5 scoring average in the field.
“Our guys struggled a little bit with just putting too much pressure on themselves at different times during the round. We did a good job, we played well in the morning. Began UNM head coach Glen Millican. “We definitely got beat up by that little stretch through the wind, but kind of got it back in order and then just gave back up some coming in.”
In this year’s William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, UNM has a quartet of individual competitors. Those four are currently being led by freshman Sam Dickey. The Nevada native sits at 5-over 149 (72-77) after day one and was able to take advantage of the par-5 first hole where he carded his first career eagle in collegiate competition. Dickey was also able to close his final five holes in 2-under fashion.
Next up is the pair Isaac Alderete (79-73) and Benjamin Tolsma (76-76), who both finished T54 at 10-over 154. Alderete’s afternoon effort was good enough to tie him with Carlon for the lowest Lobo afternoon round. Whereas Tolsma was able opened his second round with a birdie eagle start.
Rounding out the list of UNM’s individual competitors was Mark MacGrath who opened his second round with a stretch of three birdies in the first four holes.
“It was definitely tough,” said Millican When the wind blew we were on holes 7-10, so it made those down-wind holes really hard. A couple times during the second round we probably beat ourselves up a little bit too much.”
On the statistical side, UNM found themselves inside the top-5 in five out of six major statistical categories including par-3 and par-5 scoring, total pars and birdies.
Carlon and Kim carried the second lowest par-3 scoring averages at 2.88. While Andre Garcia carried a 4.38, trailing only San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III at 4.25. Benjamin Tolsma and Andrej Bevins trail close behind at 4.50.
“We’re still within reach, as are a lot of other teams. So there’s still a lot to play for tomorrow, we’ve got to relax a little bit more, just play the golf course and accept mistakes a little bit better than we did today.” Concluded Millican.