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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Fueled by a second round team score of 284, the UTEP Men’s Golf Team jumped two spots to end day one of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in third place at the NM State Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. on Monday.
The team shot a total of 6-over 574 (290-284) to remain 13 strokes back from field leader and tournament host NM State. The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate will conclude tomorrow, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.
“I think we played a little bit better in the afternoon,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “The greens are a bit faster here, so that morning round set us back. We’re going to need a big day tomorrow.”
In the top-10 of the field, seniors Prescott Mann and Charles Corner both finished the day at 1-under 141 for a share of sixth place. Both led the team with seven birdies each, including five in round two for Mann and five in round one for Corner. Mann shot a round one score of 72, but the five birdies ignited his play for a round two score of 69. Mann is second in the field in par 3 scoring with a 2.75 average (-2). Similarly, Corner had a round one score of 69, including a string of three consecutive birdies, and finished the day with a round two score of 72.
Making his Herb Wimberly debut, Eduardo Gonzales fired an opening round of 75, followed by a round two of 71 for a 4-over 146 total and a tie for 21st. Gonzales carded five birdies for the day.
In another tie between UTEP teammates, senior Nicklas Pihl and junior Aaron Terrazas are both in 33rd place after a 6-over 148 showing. Pihl shot a rounds of 76 and 72 while Terrazas, who is second in the field in pars with 28, fired two rounds of 74. In their steady rounds, Pihl tallied three birdies while Terrazas carded one.
Three other Miners, Santiago Castilla, Ricardo Catalan, and Settavut Paradee, also had strong showings as individuals in the field. Castilla, a transfer from Cypress College who joined the Miners this season, notched five birdies to tie for 26th with a 5-over 147 (70-77) performance. Catalan bounced back from a round one score of 78 to shoot a round two of 70 for a 6-over 148 showing and a share of 33rd place. The redshirt freshman started the second round on the right foot, carding an eagle on a par 5 on his starting hole for the team’s first eagle of the season. Paradee rounded out the UTEP showing with a 7-over 149 (75-74) showing in a steady round that saw three birdies.
Together, the Miners are second in the field in pars with 120.
“We know how to play it [the course], we know what to expect, its just a matter of execution and managing our emotions,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s imperative that we get momentum early tomorrow. If we do that, we might make it interesting.”
Live stats of the final round of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate can be found at golfstat.com