Goodyear, Ariz. - The New Mexico State men's golf team is currently 12th at the 2012 Desert Shootout at the 7,015-yard, par 72 Palm Valley Golf Course. The Aggies carded a team score of 5-over par, 293 in round one.
"Today we had some guys that needed some experience and I was hoping the golf course would be a little easier for so these guys se we could get a little confidence but that didn't happen," head coach Mike Dirks said. "We seem to make the same mistakes. We aren't setting up the holes very well then we get into trouble and try to do too much and can't get out of it. Gaston played a solid round of golf and Justin played solid all day and then doubled the final hole of the day. It comes down to the back end of our lineup helping us and we need to find someone that is going to step up over the last three events of the season before conference."
Senior Gaston De La Torre led the Aggies in round one with a 3-under par, 69, tying him for 11th overall. Junior Justin Shin is tied for 16th overall after a 1-under par, 71. Junior Derek Baade shot a 4-over par, 76 and is in a tie for 69th after the first round.
Freshman Cosme Beamonte fired a 5-over par, 77 in round one and is tied for 82nd overall, while redshirt senior Miko Alejandro is tied for 81st overall after carding a 9-over par, 81.
BYU leads the tournament at 14-under par, followed by San Diego (-10), Tulsa (-7), Air Force (-5) and Wichita State (-5). San Diego's Alex Ching is currently leading the tournament as an individual at 8-under par.The Aggies will be back on course tomorrow for the second round with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.