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Rain Delays Play, UTEP Men’s Golf Finishes Day Two In Tenth

SAMMAMISH, Wa.- After a nearly four hour rain delay at the start of the second round of the NCAA Washington Regional on Tuesday, the UTEP men’s golf team finished the day in 10th place after shooting 23-over 591 (297-294). Play at the Aldarra Golf Club will conclude tomorrow with the Miners beginning to tee off 9:25 a.m. MT.

The Miners are 11 strokes out of the desired fifth place spot or better, as the top-five finishers in each region will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31. UTEP is trying to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1995.

Top-seeded Southern California regained the tournament lead after firing 5-under 563 (280-283), while Florida State (2-under 566), Kent State (1-over 569), Penn State (10-over 578) and Alabama (12-over 580) round out the top-five leaders.

Charles Corner continued his strong play, finishing the day with a round of 74 to sit in a tie for 16th with 2-over 144 (70-74). The junior recorded an eagle, his first of the season, on a par 5 on hole no. 3 and birdied on hole no. 6. Senior Frederik Dreier had a huge turnaround after round one, shooting a second round total of 68, the Miners’ lowest round score so far, to share a part of the 16th spot with teammate Corner. Dreier had a huge start from hole no. 10, collecting three consecutive birdies and then adding two more on the front nine.

Aaron Terrazas, who put together a great opening round, slipped down the leader board to tie for 43rd after a second round total of 77. He will enter the third and final round with a tournament total of 8-over 150 (73-77). The sophomore collected a birdie on hole no. 8.

Not too far out of the top-50 is Andreas Sorensen, who is tied for 56th after shooting 75 to bring his total to 12-over 154 (79-75). Sorensen collected 23 pars and birdied on holes no. 1 and no. 4.

Rounding out the Miner’s scorecard is Nicklas Pihl, who shot an identical round of 78 to total his score to 14-over 156 (78-78). The junior led his team in par 3 scoring (3.00, E) and is tied for 62nd.

Live stats for the third and final round of the NCAA Washington Regional will be available via golfstat.com and the UTEP men’s golf Twitter page (@UTEPminergolf) will be updated periodically with scores.

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