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Tourney Champs! Miners Win Fighting Irish Classic

Notre Dame, Ind.- The UTEP men’s golf team kept the lead it captured yesterday and took the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic title from host and second place finisher Notre Dame.

The Miners shot five-under-par 835 (282-278-275) to edge out the Irish, who shot four-under-par 836 (285-283-268). This is the second tournament title for the Miners this year, as they claimed a share of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in September. The Miners have now won three tournament titles since October of 2015.

“We had our best round of the tournament,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We played very well and they [Notre Dame] were on fire for a while and it was really back and forth there. It was a lot of fun, we really didn’t have any idea [of the lead] until we started counting up scores and saw we were up by one.”

Notre Dame’s Blake Barens claimed the individual title after firing nine-under-par 201 (66-67-68), but UTEP’s Frederik Dreier and Charles Corner finished two and three on the player leaderboards, respectively.

Dreier shot eight-under-par 202 (70-65-67), including 16 birdies, and Corner finished four-under 206 (71-70-65). Andreas Sorenson finished one-over 211 (69-72-70) to tie for ninth place and Nicklas Pihl finished tied for 29th with six-over-par 216 (72-71-73).

Miner’s individual Cole Donielson shot 11-over-par 221 (72-76-73) to finish tied for 54th and Ben Getman rounded out the Miner’s scorecard tied for 67th with 14-over-par 224 (74-74-76).

“We got a good team,” Lieberwirth said. “We’ve got confidence, we’re playing very well. We’ll enjoy this win but we’ve got to get back to work. It’s a short break between now and our next tournament.”

The Miners will have one week to prep for the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate hosted by NM State. The tourney will tee off in Las Cruces Oct. 17-18.

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