FRESNO, Calif. - The New Mexico State men's golf team is currently in eighth overall out of 16 teams after two rounds at the 2011 Fresno State Lexus Classic. The Aggies carded a two-round score of 36-over par, 756, at the par-72, 6,950 yard Sunnyside Country Club.
The 2011 Fresno State Lexus Classic tournament format is six players for each team, counting five scores, whereas a traditional tournament has five players, counting four scores.
"We finished eighth on the day as a team, but I'm not real pleased with some of the high scores we had to take today," head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "I thought Gaston (De La Torre) and Tim (Madigan) had nice rounds and stayed consistent out there. We just have to strike the ball better and lower those high 70 scores to low 70s."
Senior Tim Madigan led the Aggies with a 3-over par 147. Madigan fired an even par 72 in the second round following a 3-over par 75 to begin the day. The first-day score places him in a tie for 16th overall.
Junior Gaston De La Torre carded a 4-over par day. The reigning WAC Golfer of the Week shot a round of 76 followed by an even-par 72 to close out the day at 148 to place in a tie for 18th overall. De La Torre started the tournament with a double eagle for the Aggies.
Classmate Joon Lee recorded an even par 72 and a 7-over par 79 to head into the clubhouse with a 7-over par 151 that stands in a tie for 39th overall.
The fourth Aggie scorer on the day was senior Ross Prachar who totaled a first day score of 9-over par 153 to rank in a tie for 57th. Prachar put together a 4-over par 76 in round one followed by a 5-over par 77.
Freshman Collin Pratt posted a 6-over par 78 and an 8-over par 80 to finish the day at 158, good for a tie for 76th. Junior Zachery Fullerton recorded a first round score of an 8-over par 80 and a second round total of a 7-over par 79 to finish the day with 15-over par 159 to tie for 81st overall.
Sophomore Derek Baade entered the tournament as an individual and carded rounds of 5-over par 77 and an even par 72. His two-round score of 149 is tied for 25th overall.
No. 7 San Diego State leads the overall tournament after a two-round score of 1-over par, 721, followed by No. 19 Duke (+18), UC Irvine (+19), Pacific (+21) and Brigham Young (+27). Alex Johnson of Pacific leads the individual tournament after carding a two-round score of 7-under par, 137.
The Aggies will be back in action on Tuesday morning for the final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic, beginning at 9 a.m. (MT).