Valeria Mendizabal | Photo courtesy UTEP
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ar. – UTEP’s Valeria Mendizabal followed up her record-setting performance in the second round by clinching the individual title following her play in the final round of the Little Rock Golf Classic on Tuesday.
Mendizabal shot even par in the final round, finishing the tournament with a three-round total of 208, which is tied for the second-lowest individual score in tournament history. Her second-round score of 65 was the lowest in tournament history.
The junior from Guatemala became the first Miner to win multiple tournaments in a season since UTEP Hall of Famer and current LPGA Tour standout Gerina (Mendoza) Piller won four tournaments during the 2006-07 season. Mendizabal also took home the title at the MSU/Payne Stewart Invitational to open the 2019 fall season.
“I was pretty happy with my game this week,” Mendizabal said. “Everything really came together for me this week. I have been working really hard this semester to get this and it feels good to win another tournament and get the school record.”
Mendizabal’s score of 65 on Monday broke the previous UTEP school record of 66, which was achieved numerous times by several former Miners. The junior began the day tied for third place, but her record-breaking performance in the second round secured her spot atop the leaderboard entering the final round.
As a team, UTEP shot 306 in the final round of the tournament to finish the event in fifth place out of 17 teams with a three-round total of 891 (300, 285, 306; +27). WKU took home the team title with a total score of 876 (+12) over the course of three rounds.
In addition to Mendizabal taking home first place, Abbie Anghelescu also finished among the top 20 golfers after shooting 3-over-par 219 (73, 68, 78) for the week. Anghelescu shot a career-low 68 in the second round.
Audrey Haddad shot 78 (+6) for the second day in a row to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 230 (74, 78, 78; +14). UTEP’s Sophie Delfosse and Shannon O’Dwyer shot 78 and 81, respectively, in the final round. Delfosse finished the week with a 54-hole total of 235 (83, 74, 78; +19), while O’Dwyer shot 242 (82, 79, 81; +26) over the course of three rounds.
This week’s Little Rock Golf Classic marked the end of the fall campaign for the Miners, who return to action Feb. 22-23 at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona.
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