San Diego, Calif. - The New Mexico State men's golf team remains in the hunt for an NCAA Championship berth after a second round score of 14-over par, 302 on Friday, May 21 at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club in San Diego, Calif., at the NCAA Southwest Regional. The Aggies are currently tied for seventh overall with a two round score of 22-over par, just eight shots back of the top 5.
"We didn't play quiet as well today," head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "I thought the course played a little tougher and some of the pin positions were tougher as well but it seemed like the overall field scores went down a little bit. With two 76's and a 77 we just couldn't get much out of this round. Tim (Madigan) didn't play as well today either. We should have shot about 294 instead we shot 302 and that is the difference between us and cutline right now. Tomorrow we have to save shots and play the par 5's better than we did today. We had too many 6's on the par 5's. We are playing the rest of the holes about even with the rest of the field but we need to tighten up our play on the par 5's."
After a first round score of 3-under par, 69, junior Tim Madigan carded a second round score of 5-over par, 77 and is now in a tie for ninth overall. Senior Ryan Word followed up his first round score of 1-over par, 73 with a second round score of 4-over par, 76, placing him in a tie for 28th overall.
Freshman Justin Shin bounced back in round two after a 6-over par in round one. He shot 1-over par, 73 in round two, the best score of the Aggies on the day. Shin is in a tie for 42nd place. Sophomore Gaston De La Torre also rebounded from a tough first round with a 4-over par, 76, seven strokes better than his first round score. He is currently tied for 70th overall.
Freshman Justin Knauber rounded out the Aggie competitors on day two with a 7-over par, 79. He is tied for 61st overall.
Oregon leads the overall tournament with a two round score of 8-over par, followed by California (+10), UNLV (+12), Augusta State (+13) and Tennessee (+14). Nick Dello of CSU-Northridge leads the individual tournament with a two round score of 4-under par.
The Aggies will be back on the course for the final round of the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regional Golf Tournament, Saturday, May 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m.