New Mexico Moves to First After 36 Holes
May 16, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 8-seed New Mexico took over first place of the NCAA West Lafayette Regional after shooting a 282 (-6) today at Kampen Course. 

New Mexico, which shot an even-par 288 yesterday, posted a 6-under 282 for a 36-hole total of 6-under par 570, to lead UNLV by three shots. The Runnin’ Rebels are the only other team currently under par.

While the playing conditions seemed to be tougher today than in round one, teams seemed to have had more success on the scorecard. Five teams recorded under-par round for the day while Auburn, Purdue and Florida moved up two spots in the standings respectively. With winds forecast to be even stronger tomorrow, today was crucial for teams moving up the leader board.

Leading the charge to the top of the leader board from the Lobos is senior Andrej Bevins, who tallied six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 4th hole. The duo of Bevins and Andre Garcia had a combined 12 birdies and only four bogeys in a sensational round by the New Mexico duo.

“Mentally I was just staying composed out there, it is a hard golf course and anything around even par is a good score,” Garcia said.

“We played well, the guys who had it going early had a couple opportunities to get a lead. Even though this Kampen Course did get them all a couple times, but that is going to happen to everybody. They just responded and kept on going,” New Mexico head coach Glen Millican said.

Bevins, a senior for the Lobos, was excited to talk about the overall success of the entire team.

“It is great to see. I am very proud of our guys. We all did what we tried to do in the first place, keep level headed and if good things happen it was important to keep the momentum rolling,” Bevins said.

After an impressive opening round yesterday by individual Trent Wallace from Illinois State, he backed up his play in round two, firing a 2-under par 70 to lead after thirty-six holes at 6-under par 138. That is good enough to give him the lead over the entire field with Bevins and UNLV’s Shintaro Ban just one shot behind at 5-under par 139.

“I think everything was pretty solid. I tried to minimize my mistakes as much as possible and keep those bogeys out of the way,” Ban said. “My driver was really spot on today and approach shots were never too far off and my short game wasn’t too bad either.”

With the pressure of being in the hunt going into the final round, Bevins and the rest of the Lobos look to stay consistent.

“It all boils down to mindset, physically it is going to be about the same. How we address the round, how we go into tomorrow’s round is all that matters, if we keep our attitude the way that is has been we will do just fine.”

Purdue, Florida and Auburn are all tied for third after 36 holes, moving up two spots on the leader board during Tuesday’s round. Purdue sophomore Jarle Volden led the Boilermakers’ charge, equaling the low round of the day with a 4-under par 68 to move up 23 spots on the leader board to seventh.

“I feel I played pretty steady and kept the ball in play. I gave myself a lot of good looks and played a simple, easy round,” Volden said. “My iron play was really strong today and had some sloppy drives, but left them in the right spots. I hit a lot of fairways today and put the ball in a good position to score.”

The final round begins at the Kampen Course at 7:30 a.m. ET, on Wednesday.



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