LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State men’s golf team concluded the first two rounds of play on Monday at the 2013 Herb Wimberly Invitational being played at the par-71, 7,074-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course.
The Aggies topped the leaderboard after each of the first two rounds and will carry a two-stroke lead over their I-10 rival UTEP heading into Tuesday’s final round. NM State finished with a total two-round score of 4-over-par 572 (283-289). UTEP finished at 6-over 574 while Colorado State will enter the final round in third at 7-over 575.
“Today the golf course played very difficult and we played solid all day long,” head coach Mike Dirks said. “We had a lot pars, a lot of balls in the fairways and a lot of balls on the greens. The kids handled the pace on the greens very well. I thought we did a good job of competing. Hopefully tomorrow we can handle the team and finish off strong.”
Three Aggies shot a round under par on Monday, sophomore Kenneth Fadke and junior Brett Walker shot a 1-under 70 during round one. Junior Pat Beyhan equaled their score during the second round. Combined with his even-par round in the morning, Beyhan is pacing NM State with a two-round total of 1-under 141. He will head into the final round in a tie for fifth place, only two strokes behind the leader.
Walker will enter Tuesday’s round with an even-par score 142 (70-72) and in a tie for eighth while Fadke will begin in a tie for 13th at 2-over 144 (70-74).
Among other Aggies competing in the team competition, freshman Luis Medina sits at 6-over-par 148 (72-76) and in a tie for 32nd place, and senior Willy Hogan is tied for 73rd with a two-round score of 13-over 155 (82-73).
Freshman Travis Benson leads the five NM State golfers playing as individuals. Benson shot 1-over-par 72 in round one and followed that up with a 2-over 73 to finish with a total of 3-over 145 (72-73). Benson not only leads the Aggie individuals, but all individual players and will start Tuesday in a tie for 18th place.
Sophomore Joey Martinez is tied with his teammate Medina in 32nd place with a 6-over 148 (76-72).
Rounding out the NM State golfers are senior Zack Adams with a total score of 10-over 152 (75-77) and in a tie for 59th place, sophomore Taylor Mihok in a tie for 79th with a 15-over 157 (83-74) and freshman David Wilson who finished with a 18-over 160 (80-80) and in a tie for 88th place.
After the morning’s first round, NM State held a three-stroke lead over Northern Colorado. The Aggies were the only team under par after round one, finishing with a 1-under-par 283.
Fadke and Walker found themselves in an eight-man group that was tied for third at 1-under-par after the first round. The group was only one shot behind leaders Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force and Conner Barr of Northern Colorado who finished round one at 2-under 69.
Beyham and Medina were not far behind their Aggie teammates. Beyhmam shot an even par 71 during the first round to place him in a tie for 11th while Medina was one shot back at 1-over 72 and in a tie for 17th place.
Ben Krueger of Northern Colorado will enter the final round with the lead at 3-under 139.
Final round is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at the NM State Golf Course.