“All in all, we had some guys play better today, just too many big mistakes,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It was an improvement on yesterday, Im pleased in that respect and hopefully we keep improving. It was clearly a better effort today.” | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics
Lihu’e, Kaua’i, HI – A low second round by the UTEP men’s golf team put them in 15th place out of 20 teams on day two of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course (par 72/6,991 yards) in Lihu’e, Kaua’i, HI on Friday.
Four Miners fired rounds in the low-70s to turn in a round two of 3-over 291 for a total score of 14-over 590 (299-291) heading into the third and final round tomorrow. The field, which includes six teams ranked in the top-50 nationally, continues to be lead by No. 49 UNLV with its 21-under 555 (270-285) total. The tournament will conclude tomorrow with an 11 a.m. MST shotgun start.
“All in all, we had some guys play better today, just too many big mistakes,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It was an improvement on yesterday, Im pleased in that respect and hopefully we keep improving. It was clearly a better effort today.”
Senior Charles Corner remained under-par and at the top of the UTEP scorecard with his round of 71 for a 1-under 143 (72-71) total through two rounds. Corner remained in a seven-way tie for 26th and strung together six birdies in his run, including two consecutive birdies to both begin and end his play.
Fellow senior Nicklas Pihl jumped six spots on the leader board on Friday with his solid round of 73 to share a spot in 63rd with a 5-over 149 (76-73) total. Pihl notched two birdies and no bogeys to carry him into the final round.
An eagle on a Par 4 to open up his Friday play and two birdies helped boost junior Settavut Paradee 10 spots up in the field with his second round of 73. Paradee sits in a knot with teammate Aaron Terrazas in 78th place, both with tournament totals of 6-over 150. Terrazas shot a round of 76 on Friday, carding three birdies.
Not far behind, senior Prescott Mann pieced together a strong round of 74 that included four birdies to tie for 84th in the field. Mann will head into the final round with a 7-over 151 (77-74) total. UTEP individual Chad Ahn picked up two birdies and mirrored his round one score of 77 for a 10-over 154 (77-77) total.
Together, the Miners carded 26 birdies, 112 pars and one eagle.
The John A. Burns Intercollegiate will conclude tomorrow beginning with an 11 a.m. MST (8 a.m. HT) shotgun start. Live stats are available at www.golfstat.com.