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UTEP’s Dreier Earns Regional Golf Accolade

SUGAR GROVE, Il.- UTEP men’s golfer Frederik Dreier earned PING All-Region Division I honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced on Saturday. Dreier, who wrapped up his collegiate career at the NCAA Washington Regional on May 17, earned a spot on the Central Regional list. He was the only UTEP honoree and one of the two Conference USA golfers to be recognized this year, with Middle Tennessee’s Joey Savoie making the Southeast Regional list.

Dreier helped lead the Miners to the Conference USA championship with his seventh place finish, the first conference title since 1985 and only the second championship in program history. The victory ticketed the team to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2004, where they finished in ninth place. Dreier shot 7-over 220 (76-68-76) to end his second appearance at the NCAA Regional with a share of 27th place.

A staple in the Miner’s lineup for four years, Dreier played in 46 tournaments while tallying 72.8 collegiate career stroke average. He was named the C-USA Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year, the first Miner to accomplish the feat and only the third golfer in C-USA to repeat the honor. He also gained C-USA First Team recognition. Dreier has been ranked as high as no. 4 on the Arnold Palmer Cup European rankings and has been on the Danish national team since 2011.

A complete list of the all-region teams are below.

Division I PING All-Region Teams

Northeast
Cole Berman, Georgetown
Bennett Buch, Maryland
Tim Colanta, Maryland
Michael Davis, Princeton
Ryan Davis, Penn State
Robert Deng, Harvard
Eric Dietrich, Connecticut
Anton Frondelius, Wagner
Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall
Jimmy Hervol, Connecticut
Chris Houston, Rhode Island
JD Hughes, Penn State
Charles Huntzinger, Penn State
Dawson Jones, Rhode Island
Peter Kim, Army
David Kocher, Maryland
Jonathan Lai, Yale
Logan Lowe, George Washington
Sam Madsen, Georgetown
Cole Miller, Penn State
Gen Nagai, Seton Hall
Matthew Naumec, Boston College
Gregory Royston, Harvard
Kendrick Vinar, Harvard
Billy Walthouse, Rhode Island

East
Eric Bae, Wake Forest
Derek Bard, Virginia
James Clark, Georgia Tech
Ryan Cole, James Madison
Patrick Cover, UNCW
Chandler Eaton, Duke
Stephen Franken, NC State
Ben Grif n, North Carolina
Mark Lawrence Jr., Virginia Tech
Isaiah Logue, Liberty
Alexander Matlari, Duke
Jacob McBride, NC State
Paul McBride, Wake Forest
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
Andrew Novak, Wofford
Matt Oshrine, Duke
William Rainey, College of Charleston
Doc Redman, Clemson
Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Benjamin Shipp, NC State
Alex Smalley, Duke
Jimmy Stanger, Virginia
Cameron Young, Wake Forest
Carson Young, Clemson
Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest

Southeast
Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
Sam Burns, LSU
Trace Crowe, Auburn
Cristobal Del Solar, Florida State
Luis Gagne, LSU
Harry Ellis, Florida State
Broc Everett, Augusta
Lee Hodges, Alabama
Sam Hors eld, Florida
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Keenan Huskey, South Carolina
Phillip Knowles, North Florida
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Cooper Musselman, Kentucky
Gordon Neale, Florida
Peng Pichaikool, Mississippi State
Brandon Pierce, LSU
Davis Riley, Alabama
Joey Savoie, Middle Tennessee
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Greyson Sigg, Georgia
Scott Stevens, South Carolina
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss
Alejandro Tosti, Florida
David Wicks, Jacksonville
Ben Wolcott, Ole Miss

Central
Braden Bailey, Baylor
Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State
Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
Brad Dalke, Oklahoma
Cooper Dossey, Baylor
Frederik Dreier, UTEP
Doug Ghim, Texas
Gavin Hall, Texas
Chase Hanna, Kansas
Grant Hirschman, Oklahoma
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Garrett May, Baylor
Max McGreevy, Oklahoma
Fredrik Nilehn, Texas Tech
Zachary Olsen, Oklahoma State
Alvaro Ortiz, Arkansas
Matthew Perrine, Baylor
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Ivan Ramirez, Texas Tech
Hannes Ronneblad, Texas Tech
Scottie Schefer, Texas
Hunter Shattuck Baylor
Sam Stevens, Oklahoma State
Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State
Nick Voke, Iowa State
Hayden Wood, Oklahoma State

Midwest
Fernando Barco, Purdue
Nick Carlson, Michigan
Justin Doeden, Minnesota
Austin Eoff, Purdue
Michael Feagles, Illinois
Will Grimmer, Ohio State
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Timmy Hildebrand, Purdue
Ian Holt, Kent State
Chase Johnson, Kent State
Raymond Knoll, Iowa
Edoardo Lipparelli, Illinois
Ryan Lumsden, Northwestern
Dylan Meyer, Illinois
Kyle Mueller, Michigan
Charlie Netzel, Michigan State
Bjarki Petursson, Kent State
Austin Squires, Cincinnati
Gisli Sveinbergsson, Kent State
Matthew Walker, Iowa
Sam Weatherhead, Michigan State
Daniel Wetterich, Ohio State
Josh Whalen, Kent State
Peyton White, Ohio
Dylan Wu, Northwestern

West
Viraat Badhwar, Stanford
Shintaro Ban, UNLV
Aaron Beverly, Sacramento State
Andrej Bevins, New Mexico
Chun An Yu, Arizona State
Wyndham Clark, Oregon
Roy Cootes, Pepperdine
Sean Crocker, Southern California
Jared du Toit, Arizona State
Patrick Fishburn, BYU
Harry Hall, UNLV
Rico Hoey, Southern California
Franklin Huang, Stanford
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Collin Morikawa, California
John Oda, UNLV
Corey Pereira, Washington
Rhett Rasmussen, BYU
PJ Samiere, San Diego State
Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara
Justin Suh, Southern California
Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine
Tim Widing, San Franciscio
Brandon Wu, Stanford
Norman Xiong, Oregon
Carl Yuan, Washington

UTEP Men’s Golf Season Ends In Washington

SAMMAMISH, Wa.– The incredible run that was the UTEP men’s golf team’s season came to an end at the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional in Sammamish, Washington on Wednesday.

The Miners shot 32-over 884 (297-294-293) at the Aldarra Golf Club to finish in ninth place, four spots out of the desired fifth place and the opportunity to punch their ticket to the national championships. Top-seeded Southern California, also the no. 1 team in the nation, remained under par to finish first in the regional with 3-under 849 (280-283-286).

Kent State, Florida State, Alabama and Penn State will join Southern California at the NCAA National Championships in Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31.

Four Miners finished in the top-50 of the field. Charles Corner, who spearheaded the Orange and Blue’s run all tournament, finished in a tie for 22nd with 5-over 218 (70-74-74). Corner collected four birdies in the final round on holes no. 9, no. 10, no. 12, and no. 17 and tied for seventh overall in par-4 scoring (4.11, +3). The junior also shot the team’s lone eagle during round two.

Senior Frederik Dreier made his last appearance as a Miner, shooting 7-over 220 (76-68-76) to finish in a tie for 27th. The two-time C-USA Golfer of the Year led his squad in par-5 scoring (4.75, -3), pars (34) and held the lowest round of any UTEP participant in his second round score of 68. One stroke behind Dreier, Aaron Terrazas finished with a share of 29th after firing 8-over 221 (73-77-71).

The sophomore carded four birdies and tied for fifth overall in par-3 scoring (3.07, +1). Terrazas also tied with Corner for a team-leading eight birdies while collecting 30 total pars.

Andreas Sorensen shot his best round of the tournament to total his 14-over 227 (79-75-73) score, breaking into the top-50 with a tie for 47th place finish. Sorensen collected his tournament-high three birdies in the third round while matching Dreier’s 34 pars to contribute to the teams’ 162 total pars.

Nicklas Pihl shot his lowest score of the three rounds on Wednesday and completed the Miners’ run with a share of 62nd after shooting 18-over 231 (78-78-75). The junior had six total birdies in the tournament.

The Miners, who made their first NCAA Regional appearance as a team since 2004, ended their season with four tournament titles, including the Conference USA Championship. The C-USA title was the first since 1985 and the second conference title ever in program history.

Rain Delays Play, UTEP Men’s Golf Finishes Day Two In Tenth

SAMMAMISH, Wa.- After a nearly four hour rain delay at the start of the second round of the NCAA Washington Regional on Tuesday, the UTEP men’s golf team finished the day in 10th place after shooting 23-over 591 (297-294). Play at the Aldarra Golf Club will conclude tomorrow with the Miners beginning to tee off 9:25 a.m. MT.

The Miners are 11 strokes out of the desired fifth place spot or better, as the top-five finishers in each region will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31. UTEP is trying to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1995.

Top-seeded Southern California regained the tournament lead after firing 5-under 563 (280-283), while Florida State (2-under 566), Kent State (1-over 569), Penn State (10-over 578) and Alabama (12-over 580) round out the top-five leaders.

Charles Corner continued his strong play, finishing the day with a round of 74 to sit in a tie for 16th with 2-over 144 (70-74). The junior recorded an eagle, his first of the season, on a par 5 on hole no. 3 and birdied on hole no. 6. Senior Frederik Dreier had a huge turnaround after round one, shooting a second round total of 68, the Miners’ lowest round score so far, to share a part of the 16th spot with teammate Corner. Dreier had a huge start from hole no. 10, collecting three consecutive birdies and then adding two more on the front nine.

Aaron Terrazas, who put together a great opening round, slipped down the leader board to tie for 43rd after a second round total of 77. He will enter the third and final round with a tournament total of 8-over 150 (73-77). The sophomore collected a birdie on hole no. 8.

Not too far out of the top-50 is Andreas Sorensen, who is tied for 56th after shooting 75 to bring his total to 12-over 154 (79-75). Sorensen collected 23 pars and birdied on holes no. 1 and no. 4.

Rounding out the Miner’s scorecard is Nicklas Pihl, who shot an identical round of 78 to total his score to 14-over 156 (78-78). The junior led his team in par 3 scoring (3.00, E) and is tied for 62nd.

Live stats for the third and final round of the NCAA Washington Regional will be available via golfstat.com and the UTEP men’s golf Twitter page (@UTEPminergolf) will be updated periodically with scores.

UTEP Men’s Golf Finishes Day One Of NCAA Regional In 11th Place

SAMMAMISH, Wa.- The UTEP men’s golf team finished day one of the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional in 11th place, shooting 13-over 297 at the Aldarra Golf Club (par-71/6,885 yards) in Sammamish, Wash. Leading the 14-team field is Florida State with 6-under 278, who entered the tournament as the fourth seed.

The country’s top-ranked team in Southern California is two strokes behind the leader with 4-under 280 and the Trojans’ Sean Crocker leads the field individually with 7-under 64. Round two will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. MT.

The top five teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the national championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31

“We played the par-5s terrible today,” sixth-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth said of his team’s performance. “It’s a difficult course, we had at least six bogeys, if not more on par-5s and out here you can’t do that. Charlie [Corner] had a nice round and Aaron [Terrazas] hung in there pretty tough, but after that we really couldn’t get anything going. We’ve kind of prided ourselves on our consistency top to bottom, but we didn’t get that today. We had two guys that played well and the rest didn’t show.”

Charles Corner led the Miner squad with a round of 70 to sit in a tie for 10th place. The junior birdied on holes no. 5, no. 11, and no. 17, while only bogeying twice to complete the opening round as the only Miner to shoot under par. Corner is also tied for third in par-4 scoring (3.78, -2). Aaron Terrazas is in a tie for 27th with 2-over 73, while matching Corner’s birdies with three of his own no. 7, no. 9, no. 13. Terrazas is tied for third in par-3 scoring (2.80, -1) and bogeyed five times.

In an unusual spot is senior Frederik Dreier, who sits just outside of the top-50 in a tie for 52nd with 5-over 76. Dreier, who is ranked no. 93 in Golfstat rankings, collected a birdie on hole no. 7 and bogeyed six times. Nicklas Pihl shot 7-over 78 for a share of 62nd, while Andreas Sorensen is one stroke behind with 8-over 79 to tie for 67th. Pihl collected two birdies on holes no. 12 and no. 13, while also tying for third in par-3 scoring (2.80, -1).

“We have to do a better job of executing,” Lieberwirth said. “We’ve got a better feel for the golf course now, that will help. We know the types of shots we have to hit, we just have to do a better job. We were kind of all over the place, missing in spots that we shouldn’t have missed and making life much harder than it should have been.”

The tournament will run through Wednesday, live stats will be available via golfstat.com

UTEP Men’s Golf Earns Conference USA Honors, Coach and Golfer of the Year

IRVING, Texas-  For their efforts toward a championship season, the No. 48 UTEP men’s golf team racked up top honors and more in Conference USA awards, including Golfer of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Frederik Dreier, who was the reigning Player of the Year, won the honor again while head coach Scott Lieberwirth earned his first C-USA Coach of the Year.

Dreier and sophomore transfer Aaron Terrazas earned First Team C-USA recognition while junior Charles Corner earned a spot on the Second Team list. The awards are determined by the most recent Golfstat rankings.

All, plus Nicklas Pihl and Andreas Sorensen, were part of the conference championship team that brought UTEP its first Conference USA title and only the second title in program history. The other was a Western Athletic Conference Championship in 1985.

Dreier became the first player in program history and only the third player in Conference USA history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors. UAB’s Chris Devlin won it in 1999-2000 and Graeme McDowell earned it again for the Blazers in 2001-2002.

“As a goal, I wanted to win the conference Player of the Year again, it was always in the back of my head, but I never thought about it while I was on the golf course,” Dreier said. “I was just trying to play my game. If my played my best, I knew I could do it again. I was just trying to stick to my golf game and if that was enough then that would be good.”

The ability to lead was what Lieberwirth spoke on with Dreier.
“His [Dreier] leadership the past couple of years has been right up there among the best student-athlete leaders that I’ve been around,” Lieberwirth said. “He’s a great student, great player and a great person too. All of those things are what we’re going to miss about Freddie. There’s not too many players that you’re that sad to see go after four years because its time, but he’s going to be a guy that I’ll defiantly miss being around. He’s meant a lot to this team, to me, and to this program. “

The senior was a staple in the Miners’ line up since his sophomore year, leading the team in top-10 finishes (7) while compiling a 71.3 stroke average this season. He finished in a tie for seventh during the match play portion of the C-USA Championships and defeated his Charlotte opponent, John Gough 2UP in the championship match play.

“I was very honored to win it [Player of the Year] last year, but to win it back-to-back is very special,” Dreier said. “I’ve been practicing hard and fighting hard this year so I’m very happy that it paid off in the end. It’s been a very special year for the team, but to round it out with a conference championship, was very special. I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished as an individual but also with what the team has accomplished.”

Sixth-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth was honored with his first C-USA Coach of the Year award and his sixth overall. He was a five-time WAC Coach of the Year during his eight-year tenure at NM State prior to UTEP.

“It’s special,” Lieberwirth said of the recognition. “This is a great team that we have and it’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers and receive an award like this, but there are no ‘Coaches of the Year’ awards without having good players. A lot of this goes back to them [players], they’ve done such a great job of working very hard and performing at a very high level.

“These awards are defiantly nice from an individual standpoint but we always do preach that we’re looking for team accolades. I consider this a team award as much as anything. These guys [players] did a lot of the legwork in order for this to happen.”

With Lieberwirth at the helm of the program, the Miners won three team titles in the fall season to add to the one team title won in 2015. Before that, the program had not won a tournament title since 2005.

“I’m so happy for Coach Lieberwirth,” Dreier said. “I know how much he wants his team to do well, in school, on the golf course and in our personal life, so he is helping us a lot and is very deserving of that award. He has been great for us this year, all of the guys are really close to him and he’s a great guy as well. There are so many good things to say about him but I’m really happy for him.”

Terrazas, who transferred from Oklahoma and joined the Miners in the spring, earned first team honors after a stellar spring season that saw him as UTEP’s top finisher two times. The sophomore finished at the top of the UTEP scorecard at the John Burns Intercollegiate with 1-over 217 (74-71-72) and then tied with Dreier as the top finisher at the Lone Star Invitational. He finished in the top-50 at the Conference USA Championships at 35th with 4-over 220 (73-73-74) and defeated his Southern Miss opponent, Tyler Young, 1UP in the semifinal match play.

Corner’s breakout season began this spring, where he notched five top-50 finishes, and added four top-10 finishes.The junior topped his regular season run with a sixth-place finish during the stroke play portion of the conference championships with 3-over 219 (73-70-76), leading the team, and defeated both his match play opponents. His clutch 1UP finish against Southern Miss’s Matt Lorenz helped secure UTEP’s victory in the semifinals. Corner was also the top UTEP finisher at the prestigious Western Intercollegiate, edging into the top-10 with 2-over 212 (72-69-71) that earned him a Conference USA Player of the Week honor the week of April 12.

The Miners won the automatic bid to the NCAA Regional tournament beginning May 15, where 81 teams and 45 individuals will be selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championship sites.

“I’m just excited for this group to get this championship,” Lieberwirth said. “We’re solely focused on doing what we can to continue our season as long as we can, meaning getting through the Regional and into the National Championship.”

2016-17 CONFERENCE USA MEN’S GOLF AWARDS

Golfer of the Year: Frederik Dreier, UTEP

Freshman of the Year: Ilari Saulo, Middle Tennessee

Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, UTEP

First Team

Joey Savoie, Middle Tennessee

Ian Snyman, North Texas

R.J. Keur, UAB

Frederik Dreier, UTEP

Aaron Terrazas, UTEP

Second Team

Cory Churchman, North Texas

Thomas Rosenmueller, North Texas

Taylor Eyster, UAB

Charles Corner, UTEP

Zander Lozano, UTSA

All-Freshman Team

John Gough, Charlotte

Matty Lamb, Charlotte

Conor Purcell, Charlotte

Ilari Saulo, Middle Tennessee

Chip Thomas, Middle Tennessee

C-USA Champions! UTEP Downs Southern Miss, Charlotte to Win Golf Crown

TEXARKANA – The UTEP men’s golf team defeated Southern Miss (4-1, semifinals) and Charlotte (4-1, finals) in match-play format to win the 2017 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship at the Texarkana Country Club on Tuesday.

It is the first conference title since 1985 and only the second in program history. The Orange and Blue also punched their ticket to the NCAA Regionals for the first time as a team since 2004.

It was the fitting conclusion to the three-day event for the Miners, who notched the top seed in match play after their first-place showing in stroke play (15-over 879; 287-294-298).

“You have a lot of moving parts going on,” sixth-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It’s tough to judge [the match]. The best part is we got the first two points on the board. Knowing that we had leads in two other matches, we knew we just needed to hang on and close out one of those matches.”

Battling in a match that was too close to call early, Nicklas Pihl got the Miners off to a solid start in the championship vs. Charlotte. The match with the 49ers’ Conor Purcell was all square through eight holes before Pihl found another gear. He won two of the next three holes to go 2UP through the 11th hole, and Purcell could never recover.

UTEP pushed its team advantage to 2-0, thanks to Charles Corner knocking off the 49ers’ Matty Lamb, 2UP. Corner started fast by taking the first two holes, an edge he maintained through the turn. Lamb’s comeback started on the back nine with wins at both 10 and 13 to make the match all square. Corner remained steadfast, winning both the 15th and 18th holes to put Lamb away.

Charlotte tried to claw back into the championship with Tyler Young edging Aaron Terrazas, 1UP. The match was all square through 15 holes but Young found the necessary separation after carding a 3 and Terrazas recorded a 4 on the 17th hole. Both golfers fired 4s on the 18th hole to give the 49ers a team point.

The lone senior on the team Frederik Dreier then took center stage. The reigning C-USA Golfer of the Year was in a back and forth match with Charlotte’s John Gough. All squared through 10 holes, Dreier won three of the next five holes to take control of the dual. Gough claimed hole No. 16 to get within two, but Dreier prevailed, sending the Miners into celebration.

“It was very emotional,” Dreier said. “This being my last conference [tournament] ever and to win it with the guys was amazing.”

Those sentiments were expounded upon by Lieberwirth.

“I think fittingly, it was Frederik Dreier’s match that clinched it for us, him being a senior, him being the reigning Conference USA Player of the Year,” Lieberwirth said. “It couldn’t have been a better ending for us to have Freddie finish it.”

Andreas Sorensen lost the first two holes to the C-USA individual medalist Seth Gandy before a stunning reversal. He squared with Gandy by the fifth hole and vaulted out to 3UP through hole No. 13. Gandy’s rally came too little, too late, as Sorensen won 1&2.

The Miners made it to the final round of match play after a hard-fought 4-1 win over Southern Miss. The tournament was shortened a day due to a forecast of inclement weather on Wednesday.

“It [weather] forced us to have to play two rounds in back-to-back days, which is something we never do,” Lieberwirth said. “Without question, fatigue was a factor for both teams. We were fortunate to get to that championship match. It’s difficult for everybody involved, but our guys fought through it, they continued to play well throughout the afternoon. They just did a great job.”

Pihl set the tone against the fourth-seeded Southern Miss Golden Eagles with a 3&2 conquest of Walker Kesterson. It was all squared through the opening six holes before Pihl won two of the next three to make the turn 2UP. The Golden Eagle briefly cut into the lead on hole No. 11, but Pihl recovered immediately on No. 12 and never looked back.

Sorensen raced out to a huge lead, taking each of the first five holes from the Golden Eagles’ Derick Kelting. The margin remained five heading into the 13th hole, before Kelting mounted a rally, winning four of the next five to make the dual tight going into the 18th hole. Sorensen did not flinch however, matching Kelting with a 4 and winning the dual.

USM’s Ryan Argotsinger and UTEP’s Dreier battled back-and-forth early on, with Argotsinger 2UP at the turn. Dreier’s aspirations of a comeback didn’t come to fruition, with Argotsinger posting a 5&4 victory.

As it turned out, that proved to be the lone team point in the match for Southern Miss. The Miners clinched the team win thanks to Corner’s 1UP vanquishing of Matt Lorenz. Terrazas downed Matt Codd 1 & 1 to punctuate the victory.

Corner quickly dug himself an early hole, with Lorenz jumping out to a 2UP lead through three holes. Corner responded brilliantly, tasting victory on six of the next seven holes to stand 4UP through the 11th hole. Lorenz fought back and eventually clawed back to all square through 17 holes but Corner won the 18th hole.

It was a compelling match between Terrazas and Codd, with action all square through 16 holes. Terrazas found a way to get it done, though, carding a 3 while Codd was saddled with a 5 on the 17th hole.

The NCAA Regionals are slated to begin on May 15.

“I feel like we have got a lot of grown men,” Lieberwirth said. “They act mature, I think they play the game the right way and I think they act the right way, which is something that we want from our program. I couldn’t be any prouder than I am right now.”

Miners Win Stroke Play Portion of C-USA Tourney, Notch Top Seed In Match Play

TEXARKANA – The back nine of the Texarkana Country Club golf course was the breakaway point for the UTEP men’s golf team as they pulled away from their tie with North Texas to take sole possession of first place in the final round of stroke play at the Conference USA Men’s Golf Championships and the top seed going into tomorrow’s match play.

The Miners shot 15-over 879 (287-294-298) to best North Texas, who came in second with 19-over 883 (283-297-303) and third place Charlotte, who shot 28-over 892 (289-292-311). Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss tied for fourth with 29-over 893 and will battle in a one-hole playoff tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. CT for the fourth and final spot in the match play portion of the tournament.

The winner will face UTEP while Charlotte and North Texas will compete in the other semifinals match play, with the winners battling for the C-USA team championship.

The first round of match play at the Texarkana Country Club (par 72/6,969 yards) tees off at 7:30 a.m. CT concluding with the second round at 12:30 p.m. CT to determine the 2017 Conference USA Men’s Golf Champion.

Charlotte senior Seth Gandy fired a 2-under 214 (67-71-76) to take individual medalist honors.

“First things first, our goal was to get to the match play, whatever seed it was,” sixth-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Fortunately, we are the No. 1 seed heading into match play, but tomorrow everything is wiped clean. We have to come out and take care of business in the first match. We’re not sure who that’ll be, the playoff [between Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss] will run tomorrow morning. Whoever we get, we know we’re going to get their best shot. We have to show up ready to go.”

The Miners were the only team in the tournament to have a three round total below 300.

“Throughout the day, and in the afternoon especially, we had a pretty large buffer on those teams trying to make the match play cutoff,” Lieberwirth said. “The golf course was playing extremely difficult this afternoon, the greens were extremely firm and fast as well, that made for very difficult scoring, plus being the second round of the day that these student athletes were playing, fatigue was setting in. It was an extremely long day, but I thought our guys really hung in well. We played that back nine well. I think that was more than anything why we pulled away. We just kind of hung in there and kept playing reasonably well. North Texas and Charlotte both struggled coming in late, which, to be honest, was not hard to do, it was really tough out there.”

The last time the Miners made the match play portion of the Conference USA Championships was in 2015. Though they fell to UAB that year, UTEP’s finish of third place marked the best placing in program history since the institution entered Conference USA in 2006. The team just missed out on last year’s match play when they placed fifth in stroke play.

All five Miners placed in the top-50, but three placed in the top-10. Junior Charles Corner spearheaded the Miners’ run, firing 3-over 219 (73-70-76) to finish in sixth place, five strokes out of first place. Corner made birdie on hole No. 16 in the final round and his second round score of 70 was the lowest of the day for the Miners.

Frederik Dreier and Aaron Terrazas helped the Miners’ first place effort, tying for seventh with 4-over 220. Dreier shot a round of 77 and 72, collecting four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back nine while bogeying four times on the difficult back nine. Terrazas fired 73 and 74 while tallying a birdie on hole No. 8 and only bogeying once on the back nine.

“They were solid,” Lieberwirth said of Corner, Dreier and Terrazas. “Especially the spring, we haven’t had any great individual performances, meaning top-5s or wins, but we have had consistent, solid play out of all of those guys. They were great. Freddie got a couple of unlucky breaks on the last nine holes, but he played very well. Aaron was solid, start to finish, but you know I feel like we’ve got a group of very solid players that I trust and that I feel confident going into tomorrow with.”

Breaking into the top-20 was Andreas Sorensen, who shot 7-over 223 (70-77-76), finishing with four birdies, three of which came in the third round, to finish with a share of 17th place. Nicklas Pihl rounded out the Miners’ scorecard in a tie for 42nd with 17-over 233 (79-74-80). The junior saw his best round of the tournament in his score of 74 in round two.

“I’m proud of how my guys played,” Lieberwirth said. “They did a great job. I wouldn’t say that was the best day of golf that we’ve played all year, but that was some of the toughest golf we’ve played, without question. I credit my guys for hanging tough.The scores didn’t look great, but the effort that was given and the way that we fought over the last nine holes, I’m very proud of that.”

The Conference USA men’s golf champion will be crowned following the results of the second round of match play. Live stats will be available via golfstat.com.

“You have a good field in this conference, as you can see by the scores,” Lieberwirth said. “We understand nothing is given at this point. In match play, anything can happen. We just have to show up tomorrow and be the better team.”

2017 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championships Stroke Play Final:

Team — Score
1. UTEP – 287-294-298=879 (+15)
2. North Texas – 283-297-303=883 (+19)
3. Charlotte – 289-292-311=892 (+28)
T4. Middle Tennessee – 294-292-307=893 (+29)
T4. Southern Miss – 296-299-298=893 (+29)
6. Marshall – 297-299-304=900 (+36)
7. UTSA – 302-300-300=902 (+38)
8. UAB – 295-298-310=903 (+39)
9. Rice – 299-308-298=905 (+41)
10. WKU – 299-306-305=910 (+46)
11. Louisiana Tech – 307-302-310=919 (+55)
12. Old Dominion – 307-296-317=920 (+56)
13. Florida Atlantic – 307-314-318=939 (+75)

Miners Shoot Under Par In Round One Of C-USA Tournament

TEXARKANA – The second seeded UTEP men’s golf team opened the Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship with a bang, posting 1-under 287 with a field-leading 17 birdies for a second place spot, four strokes behind leader North Texas. Competition at the Texarkana Country Club (par 72/6,969 yards) will resume tomorrow, April 24, with the Miners teeing off on hole one at 9:20 a.m. CT alongside Charlotte and North Texas.

Due to forecasted inclement weather on Wednesday, the tournament is now scheduled to conclude on Tuesday.

All teams will play their final two rounds tomorrow, Monday, April 24, with tee times starting at 8 a.m. CT. Following the two rounds of stroke play to determine the individual medalist, the four best teams will advance to match play on Tuesday, April 25. The first round of match play tees off at 7:30 a.m. CT concluding with the second round at 12:30 p.m. CT to determine the 2017 Conference USA Men’s Golf Champion.

“We had a nice start to the tournament today,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “North Texas shot five-under, they played a great round and deserve the lead right now, but we’ve got two more rounds of stroke play to go and I think we have plenty of time to catch up. We’re in for a really big test and I’m pleased we got off on the right foot in the first round.”

With his short game on point, sophomore Andreas Sorensen led the Miners’ charge on day one, firing a round of 70 while collecting four birdies to tie for fifth place. The sophomore had back to back birdies on holes No. 7 and No. 8 and scored two more on holes No. 12 and No. 16, while bogeying only twice. Sorensen’s strong play puts him three strokes behind tourney leader Seth Gandy of Charlotte, who shot five-under 67.

Frederik Dreier was the only other Miner to shoot under par on the difficult course, shooting 71 to land in the individual top-10 with a share of seventh. Dreier, ranked No. 97 in Golfstat, pared 11 times and birdied on holes No. 1, No. 3, No. 8, No. 12. The senior had three bogeys.

Both Charles Corner and Aaron Terrazas shot 73 to finish just outside of the top-10 in a tie for 13th. Corner had consecutive birdies on holes No. 7 and No. 8 and added one more on hole No. 12, while Terrazas collected four birdies on holes No. 1, No. 7, No. 12, and No. 16 and nine pars.

Junior Nicklas Pihl’s score kept all the Miners in the top 50. Pihl shot a round of 79 to sit in a seven-way tie for 50th, scoring two birdies and bogeying three times.

The team’s round of 287 was its sixth-best opening round this season, though on a much more difficult course. The Miners shot an opening round of 302 at the C-USA tournament at the Texarkana Country Club last year.

“The golf course if difficult, the green was firm,” Lieberwirth said. “It was much warmer than yesterday. The wind wasn’t as severe as yesterday, but there’s a lot of swirls that you feel on the ground. That made club selection difficult, and add that to the firmness of the greens, it was difficult to hit greens in regulation. I thought we did a reasonably good job of that [hitting greens] and I think we also did a good job of getting it up and down when we had the opportunity to.

“Even one-under par for us out here on this course is a good score. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be a little bit better as far as lighter winds, so I would expect the lower scores to be a little bit more possible.”

The final two rounds of stroke play begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT with Rice, UTSA and WKU starting on hole 10 while play on hole one begins concurrently with Marshall and Southern Miss. UAB and Middle Tennessee play as a twosome from the first hole at 8:40 a.m. CT, while Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion will go off from the back nine at 8:50 a.m. CT.

Live stats are available at Golfstat.com.

Men’s Golf Team Prepares for C-USA Tournament

The UTEP men’s golf team will join 12 other teams at the 2017 C-USA Men’s Golf Championship, teeing off Sunday morning at the Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Arkansas.

The teams will play the par 72, 6,969-yard course over three days, April 23-25, beginning with 54 holes of stroke play. Following the results of stroke play, the top four teams will advance to a seeded match play round on Wednesday, April 26, with the team champion earning C-USA’s automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals.

The Miners will begin to tee off at 9:20 a.m. CT (8:20 a.m. MT) on hole No. 1, along side top-seeded Middle Tennessee and North Texas. Seeding is based on current Golfstat rankings, Middle Tennessee is ranked No. 53, while UTEP sits at No. 55 and North Texas is No. 62 out of 292 teams. Rice and UTSA will tee off on hole No. 1, while defending champion LA Tech will tee off with Southern Miss and WKU on hole No. 10, all at 8 a.m. CT. At the 8:40 a.m. CT mark, Charlotte and UAB will begin their play on the first tee. Rounding out the teams will be Marshall, FAU and Old Dominion with a 8:50 a.m. CT start from the No. 10 tee.

“National ranking, its really been us and Middle Tennessee bouncing back and forth between the top ranked schools in our conference,” sixth-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “But our conference does have quite a few schools that may not be ranked quite as high, but they’re still strong quality programs. North Texas is very good, Charlotte is good year in and year out, UAB has been a power team in our league for a long time; and then you can mix in others like UTSA, and Rice, who just came off a win.

“There’s a lot of teams that are capable of winning this championship. Especially with us going into match play and having that portion decide who our team champion is, I’d say there’s about eight or nine teams that have a legitimate chance [to win], its just a matter of who plays better.”

The core five vying for the championship for the Miners will be Frederik Dreier, Charles Corner, Aaron Terrazas, Nicklas Pihl, and Andreas Sorensen. In the 11 tournaments played, the at least three of the five have played in every tournament. Terrazas transferred from Oklahoma and began playing in the spring.

“We are going strong into the tournament instead of reeling into the tournament, so we feel like we’ve got a very strong and a very deep core,” Lieberwirth said. “That should help us not just in the stroke play, but if we were to make it in the match play portion of the championship, we should be able to be highly competitive. From a depth perspective, we’re the best that we’ve been all year.”

Dreier, Corner, Pihl, and Sorensen all participated in the 2016 C-USA Championships last year, helping the Miners to a sixth place finish.

“We have a very similar team to last year,” Lieberwirth said. “We have a majority of our starters returning, they’re all one year older and defiantly have all improved. Last year we had a nice team, but this year I think we’ve really broken out and individually. We’ve had guys really have some great performances in the fall and spring. We’ve been very consistent top to bottom in the spring.”

Dreier, the lone senior on the team, is the reigning C-USA Golfer of the Year, only the fourth golfer in program history to earn the honor. The Birkeroed, Denmark, native leads the team this season with total top-10 finishes (six) as well as the squad’s lowest round (64) in the final round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational. He will enter his final conference tournament, where he placed sixth last year to earn his first ever berth to the NCAA Regional tournament, where he finished in 57th.

“He’s been fantastic, watching him grow from his freshman and sophomore year when he was just so close to being really good, and then really turning the corner his junior year and continuing that into his senior year,” Lieberwirth said of Dreier. “He’s been a leader on and off the golf course for us. He’s defiantly a guy that all the players and us coaches really look up to and respect.”

Corner earned his first ever C-USA Golfer of the Week honor on April 12 after his stellar play led to an eighth place finish and helped his team to a seventh place finish at the prestigious 71st Western Intercollegiate. The team bested then-No. 17 Texas, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 32 San Diego State after shooting 1,084 (361-356-367) in the 15-team field, which included eight nationally-ranked teams. Of the 96 players, Corner’s score was better than 19 players ranked in the Golfstat Top 100, including six of the top-10 players. The junior from Cayuga, Ontario, Canada has recorded a 72.5 scoring average, third-best on the UTEP squad, and tallied three top-10 finishes this year in 10 tournaments, with his work at the Western Intercollegiate marking the first time he was the top finisher for UTEP this year.

Terrazas joined the Miners this spring after transferring from Oklahoma and has found his name in the top-250 of Golfweek collegiate rankings. The sophomore had his best showing in the Orange and Blue at the Lone Star Invitational, where he tied for sixth with 7-under 209.

Pihl has recorded back-to-back top finishes for the Miners at the National Invitational Tournament and the Border Olympics. The junior boasts a 73.3 stroke average in 29 rounds played while finishing in the top-50 of each event eight times.

Sorensen has two runner-up showings under his belt from the fall season as well as eight top-50 finishes in 11 events. Along side three top finishes for the Miners, the sophomore has a 72.75 stroke average and shot a career-low round of 66 in the opening round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational. He was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Sept. 14, his first ever, after his runner-up performance at the Gene Miranda Invitational helped the Miners to their first team title of the fall. He was on the C-USA All-Freshman team last year.

“Charles Corner has put together a quiet, very good year,” Lieberwirth said. “Aaron Terrazas, a transfer from Oklahoma who came in spring for us, has already got his name ranked in the top 250 in the country just in the five tournaments that he’s played and started for us, he’s been great too. Nicklas Pihl, this is probably his best semester from a consistency stand point, he’s always been right there between the top-10 and no worse than middle of the pack. We’ve got a bunch of guys that we can count on and that we are going to give us good, consistent performances.

“That’s probably the biggest difference between this year’s team and previous teams. Previous year’s teams were more of a wild card, we knew we had some talent, we just didn’t know which guy would show up on any given day. This team is fairly predictable, we know we’re going to get great effort and we’ve seen very good results.”

The conference tournament will be the beginning of the end of an incredible season for the Miners, which saw three tournament titles in the fall and 10 top-10 finishes in eleven tournaments.

“We had some really outstanding individual performances that allowed us to win,” Lieberwirth said. “This spring, we haven’t had those top-10, top five, individual performances as often, but more tournaments than not, we’ve had all five starters in the top half of the field. From depth perspective, that helps us. We just need one or two of those guys to really catch fire, that’s when we’ll be real dangerous.”

The Miners also have eyes set beyond the conference tournament, at the NCAA Regional tournament, where the goal is to make it as a team.

“These are extremely competitive players, which makes it a real joy to coach,” Lieberwirth said. “When you have players that are as or even more competitive than the coach is, then you know you have a good team on your hands. That’s exactly how these guys are. They want to win for the team but they want to win individually too. I think that’s good, you want to have those individual goals because if you perform well individually, then the team is going to take care of itself.”

UTEP Women’s Golf Caps Season at C-USA Championships

FORT MYERS, FL. – The UTEP women’s golf team put the finishing touches on the 2016-17 season by finishing eighth at the Conference USA Championships on Wednesday.

The Miners shot 909 as a team with rounds of 307, 299 and 303. Old Dominion captured the title (289-298-289-876), followed by Middle Tennessee (292-291-301-884), UTSA (298-297-294-889), FIU (305-293-296-894), Southern Miss (300-303-294-897), WKU (305-295-306-906), UAB (296-303-308-907), UTEP, Marshall (304-309-303-916), North Texas (306-306-312-924) and Florida Atlantic (307-307-314-928).

Middle Tennessee’s Jenna Burris was the individual winner with a seven-under-par 209 (67-70-72). She was one of three players to shoot under par for the tournament.

UTEP’s Lily Downs tied for ninth place (75-74-73-222), June Ting tied for 18th place (78-74-73-225), Abbie Anghelescu tied for 42nd place (84-75-77-236), Alisa Rodriguez finished 45th (78-76-83-237) and Sofia Castiello tied for 46th place (76-82-80-238).

Overall it was a much-improved season for the Miners, who won a tournament title (Lady Red Wolf Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.), picked up three runner-up finishes, and five top-five finishes overall.

Downs, Ting and Anghelescu are all slated to return in 2017-18. Downs led the Miners in scoring average (75.1), with Ting second (75.6). Both won tournaments this season, and tied for the team lead with seven top-20 showings.

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UTEP Women’s Golf Vaults Two Spots at C-USA Tourney

FORT MYERS, FL. – The UTEP women’s golf team enjoyed an improved second day at the Conference USA Championships.  The Miners followed up their 307 on Monday with a 299 on Tuesday, and rose two spots in the team standings in the process.

UTEP (307-299-606) is in eighth place.  Middle Tennessee is first (292-291-583), Old Dominion second (289-298-587) and UTSA third (298-297-595) out of 11 teams.  The final round will take place on Wednesday.

The Miners’ Lily Downs jumped from 16th place to 14th after shooting a two-over-par 74 on Tuesday.  The sophomore stands at 149 (75-74) through 36 holes and is 12 strokes behind Middle Tennessee’s Jenna Burris, who is in atop the leaderboard with a seven-under-par 137 (67-70).  Downs recorded three birdies in round two, including on the three-par hole no. 17.

UTEP’s June Ting is tied for 25th place (78-74-152), Alisa Rodriguez is tied for 32nd place (78-76-154), Sofia Castiello is tied for 47th place (76-82-158) and Abbie Anghelescu is in 49th place (84-75-159).

UTEP Women’s Golf Tied For 10th at C-USA Championships

The UTEP women’s golf team is tied for 10th place after day one of the Conference USA Championship on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Miners shot a 19-over-par 307 over the opening 18 holes. Old Dominion tops the 11-team field with a one-over 289, with Middle Tennessee in second (292) and UAB in third (296).

UTEP’s Lily Downs is tied for 16th place, eight strokes off the individual leader. She carded a three-over-par 75 on Monday and led the Miners with three birdies. Sofia Castiello is tied for 26th place (76), Alisa Rodriguez and June Ting are tied for 35th place (78), and Abbie Anghelescu is tied for 52nd place (84).

Middle Tennessee’s Jenna Burris fired a five-under 67 on Monday and is first among 55 golfers.

The tournament continues with one round Tuesday and the final round on Wednesday.

UTEP Women’s Golf Set to Pursue C-USA Title

A much-improved UTEP women’s golf team will look to surprise the field at next week’s Conference USA Championship, which tees off on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

“Because of the season we’ve had, we’ve got to win to continue on to regionals,” coach Jere Pelletier said on Thursday. “There are quite a few teams this year that are ahead of us. I think we are ranked sixth or seventh. But we have surprised them before, and I think the mindset is we don’t have anything to lose. We’ve just got to get out there and play and hopefully we can surprise them again.”

Six years ago, the Miners entered the C-USA Championship rated seventh among league teams but captured their first league title, overthrowing no. 13 Tulane and no. 42 Tulsa in the process.

UTEP has put together a strong season that included one tournament title and three runner-up finishes in the fall. The Miners appear to have regained their stride in the last two spring tournaments, tying for third place at the Little Rock/Arkansas State Invitational and tying for sixth at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.

The Miners have strength at the top of their lineup in sophomore Lily Downs (75.2 scoring average), senior Alisa Rodriguez (75.4) and junior June Ting (75.7). Downs and Ting have both claimed tournament titles this season. All three have picked up six top-20 finishes in 2016-17.

“You’re hoping everybody is peaking at the same time and playing their best,” Pelletier said. “We seem to be playing pretty good right now. Alisa, Lily and June have been steady all year. The key for us in the conference is going to be to get one of the other two players to play well. My senior Sofia [Castiello] is starting to play good, and my freshman Abbie (Anghelescu) has shown some real signs of improvement this spring and I think she’s going to play well.”

A total of 11 teams will participate in the championship at the par-72, 6,194-yard Verandah Golf Club. Eighteen holes will be played each day, Monday through Wednesday. Old Dominion enters as the favorite with a no. 63 ranking by GolfStat. UTEP is rated no. 126. Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.

The tournament was also in Fort Myers a year ago.

“Alisa and Sofia played [the course] well last year,” Pelletier said. “Lily played pretty well. And right now Lily seems to be playing the best of all three of them. I think it’s going to be a dogfight to see which one comes in first.”

UTEP’s Corner Named Conference USA Golfer of the Week

IRVING, Texas- For his efforts toward a share of eighth place at the prestigious 71st Annual Western Intercollegiate, UTEP men’s golfer Charles Corner was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the first time on Wednesday.

“He’s [Corner] been playing great all spring, I’m very happy for him,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “To get a top-10 [finish] in an event that strong, that’s a huge confidence boost to continue on through the rest of the season. His game is right there and I’m convinced he’s got all the capability to breakthrough and even win the conference individually. The state of his game is in a great spot, as good as it’s been in the three years he’s been here.”

Climbing three spots after the final round, Corner spearheaded the Miners’ charge at the Intercollegiate, firing a two-over-par 212 (72-69-71) to top his team’s scorecard and help the Miners to a seventh-place finish. The team bested No. 17 Texas, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 32 San Diego State after shooting 1,084 (361-356-367) in the 15-team field, which included eight nationally-ranked teams.

“A third of the way through the final round I heard I was in fourth place at one point and I just stuck to my game plan and kept doing my thing,” Corner said. “It came down to a pretty good score on the final day. It’s good to get those results, especially this time of the year when we need to finish off strong before conference, so its defiantly really positive and good for the team.”

Of the 96 players in the tournament, only three shot under par. Corner’s score was better than 19 players ranked in the Golfstat Top 100, including six of the top-10 players.

A junior from Cayuga, Ontario, Canada has recorded a 72.5 scoring average, third-best on the UTEP squad. He has tallied three top-10 finishes this year in 10 tournaments, with his work at the Western Intercollegiate marking the first time he was the top finisher for UTEP this year.

Corner is the third Miner to earn the C-USA Golfer of the Week honor this season. Andreas Sorensen earned his first recognition the week of September 14 and Frederik Dreier got the nod on October 19.

“It gives me and the team a lot of momentum,” Corner said. “We finished pretty well [at the Western Intercollegiate], we beat a lot of good schools that are ranked better than us so that’s always nice.”

Corner and the rest of the UTEP squad will head to the Conference USA Championships April 23-26 in Texarkana, Ark.

“I think everyone is pretty pumped up that we beat Texas and some high ranked teams, that’s only going to carry over and do good things for us. Those are some big wins, so its good for us to know we can compete against those [ranked] schools going into conference play.”

UTEP Men’s Golf Tied for Sixth at Western Intercollegiate

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.- Day one of the 71st Western Intercollegiate came to a close with the UTEP men’s golf team sitting in a tie for sixth. The Miners shot 11-over 361 in round one, where rain suspended the second round of the Intercollegiate.

Play at the Pasatiempo Golf Club (par 70/6,615 yards) in Santa Cruz, Calif., will resume with the completion of round two tomorrow at 8 a.m. (PT), with the third and final round beginning immediately after. USC, ranked No. 1 in golfstat rankings, leads the field with 3-under 347.

Four Miners are at the top of their team’s scorecard and five strokes behind the tourney leader. Charles Corner, Andreas Sorensen, Frederik Dreier, and Aaron Terrazas all shot a round of 72 for a share of 26th. Corner racked up five birdies while Dreier collected 15 pars.

One stroke behind is Prescott Mann at 3-over 73, good for a tie of 40th. Nicklas Pihl rounds out the Miner squad with a round of 78, putting him in a tie for 83rd.

2017 WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
Pasatiempo Golf Club (par 70/6,615 yards) – Hosted by San Jose State
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Dates: April 8-9
Teams: No. 1 USC, defending champion No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon, No. 17 Texas, No. 25 Arizona State, San Jose State, San Diego State, Arizona, Cal, UC Irvine, UCLA, Hawaii, Pepperdine, Washington
Format: The tournament proper will be scored by the best 5 out of 6 18-hole scores per round, with the best 54-hole score determining the champion.
Sunday April 9: Final Round Morning Shotgun/9:15 a.m.

Play at the Western Intercollegiate will conclude tomorrow. Live scoring will be available via golfstat.com.

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