Miners Finish Third at National Invitational Tournament

Tucson, Ariz. – The UTEP men’s golf team carded its best finish in the spring portion of the season when it tied for third place Tuesday afternoon at the National Invitational Tournament. UTEP finished the tournament at 11-under par 853 (291-284-278), including a spring low round of 278 to tie with Wyoming (282-291-280-853).

“I was very pleased with our final two rounds this week,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We did a bunch of good things this week and we will look to keep getting better and carry it over.”

Sitting in 12th place after 18 holes, the Orange and Blue fired off two of their best rounds of the spring  (284-278) on consecutive days to sky up the leaderboard. The charge was lead by junior Frederik Dreier and sophomore Charlie Corner, who both earned top-10 finishes. The duo was the first pair of Miners to finish inside the top 10 at the same tournament since Roberto Ruiz and Martin Simonsen did so at the 2015 Lone Star Invitational.

Santa Clara took home the team title at 18-under par (846) in the 14 team field. UTEP, as a team, ranked No. 1 in the tournament in pars recorded (173) and third overall in par 3 scoring (3.12 avg.).

UTEP's Frederik Dreier
UTEP’s Frederik Dreier

Dreier (69-67-72-208/eight-under par) finished in sixth place three strokes off the pace of the individual co-champions Nick Voke/Iowa State and Gustavo Morantes/New Mexico. Dreier’s final round was an even par 72 that included three birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys. For Dreier, it was his fourth top-10 finish of the year and fifth time being UTEP’s top finisher.

Dreier accumulated the third-most birdies in the tournament (14), the third-best scoring average on par 4’s (3.83) and the ninth-lowest scoring total on par 5’s (4.50).

“Freddie’s game has round into shape very nicely and his game is strong all around right now,” Lieberwirth noted. “He is on top of everything right now, whether it be ball striking, short game or even his mental toughness, he’s doing it well.”

Corner (75-67-67-209) tallied a seventh-place showing on his way to his first-career top-10 finish; his 209

UTEP's Charlie Corner
UTEP’s Charlie Corner

total strokes is a career 54-hole low as well. Corner’s final round featured a clean card with five birdies and 13 pars. The Canadian ranked second in the whole field in par 3 scoring (2.75) and rolled in the third-most birdies (14).

“Charlie’s strongest part of his game is his putting, but this week he coupled it up with some very strong ball striking and that’s why his last two rounds were superb,” Lieberwirth acknowledged.

Andreas Sorenson finished tied for 34th at three-over par (70-80-69-219); the freshman had the most pars recorded in the tournament with 41.

Ben Getman (83-70-70-223) and Nicklas Pihl* (73-74-76-223) both tied for 53rd at seven-over par. Prescott Mann finished knotted for 74th place at 17-over par (77-82-74-233).

The Miners will return to action next Tuesday (March 8) in Kerrville, Texas, at the second annual Chris Park Matches. The one day match will feature match play to prep the Miners for a possible match play scenario at the Conference USA Championships and further on.

Author: UTEP Athletics